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In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 photo, Carole Delhorbe poses in a gazebo her husband built on their home in Ruskin, Fla. Delhorbe, a registered Republican who is a President Barack Obama supporter, has a simple financial formula: Her two adult sons are better off, so she is, too. She says she could tell the economy was picking up when the two, one 32, the other 27, stopped asking her for money. "There was a time when things were so tight for them ... as much money went out to door to pay their bills as if I had a mortgage," she says. "I knew they were never going to get anywhere if they didn't get any help." (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)