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Drones, Trains, and China: How America's Budget Is Fighting the Wrong Battle

Drones, Trains, and China: How America's Budget Is Fighting the Wrong Battle | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
If you want a measure of rise and decline, look no further than this comparison between U.S. and Chinese infrastructural build-ups, between, that is, Washington's global military-first strategy and Beijing's civilian-first one....
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(Quarter 4 Week  4 May 19-23) 

 

This article is on the latest advancements in military technology and how the United States is spending billions of $U.S. Dollars funding and creating millions of new weapons and artillery towards defense , for where we don't need them or ever will use them.As  a rising power in the nineteenth century, the U.S. moved toward global status on the basis of an ambitious program of canal building and then of government-sponsored transcontinental railroads. Jump a century and a half and the country that, until recently, was being called the planet's "sole superpower" has yet to build a single mile of high-speed rail. The United States defense bill has reached the mark of nearly $U.S. 400 Billion or twice to three times the amount of money  it cost to put a man on the moon. The article then goes on to talk about how the Chinese government has been optimally spending there money profoundly, by using it to better their country's economic turmoil.


My view towards this article are that the United States government, should change it's ways of spending citizens tax dollars. They spend a profound 60% of the money all on US Defense and foreign politics/diplomacy. The US should use that money to better the country not the world. We should worry about our nation's problems before we go out and try to help other nations. We should use our tax dollars to rebuild and benefit the struggling poverty cities/neighborhoods we have and a way to help our high homeless population and the unemployment. We should use that money for the school system. To better the students, lower dropout rates, rebuild old schools, and bring the United States educational system back on top of the world. We should be smart with our money, not ignorant and use conservative tactics.

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Eduardo Miranda's comment, May 29, 2014 7:51 AM
I agree with what you have to say Jonell. The money that the US is spending is used unfairly because most of the money should go to the people. Even though Congress men use Pork Barrel spending, the spending on money for useful or useless purposes and billions of dollars are being spent. This amount of money isn't even close to the amount of money that is spent for weapons. Money is also spent on the people to give congress men a good reputation, like building new bridges or fixing road ways, That's another billions dollars, but still not cost to the amount on military spending.
Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 29, 2014 10:44 AM
The military industrial complex is very powerful and there are iron triangles and issue networks that support this astronomical spending.
Vanessa Tijerina Montes's comment, May 29, 2014 10:45 AM
I agree with your inside Jonell. Too much of out tax dollars are being spend on the military. America has the highest spending rate for the military and yet has not made a bomb as large as Russias. Instead of spending worthless money on a program we are already well equip for, more money should be sent to the educational programs. If we spend our time makng sure our children have and education, maybe then giving more militray money would make sense. Obviously the people in the military are not well educated to improve their technology. So in order for our military to actually expand we would need to educated our people more.
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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
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Quarter 4, Week 2 April 21-27

 

The article shows the differences and the drastic changed that have been occuring in our country and our "democratic" government. In the  second paragraph it said ” They note that their findings show “ordinary citizens…have little or no independent influence on policy at all.” The affluent, on the other hand, have “a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy,” they find, “more so than any other set of actors” This to me, shows that citizens and americans today are generally realizing the downfall the government has gone to. The country's lower class citizens have completely lost their voice in the government and our being outputted by the wealthier american population who can't ever relate to the struggles that many americans in poverty or the  lower class  face daily.

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Brenna Oddy's comment, April 22, 2014 10:21 AM
I agree that the lower class and even middle class have completely lost their voice in the government. Our government today is very elitest and those who don't have money are typically ignored as the wealthy elite pay for what they want.
Lina Reyes's comment, May 29, 2014 8:58 AM
I also agree with Brenna. The system of government we have sounds so idont have ideal and perfect, but it isn't. If you dont have big bills its more than likely that politicians wont listen. Money is their motivation or hunger you can say, and if you have the money they want they will cater to your every needs. America has slowly evovled away from listen to the voice of its citizens and just have been playing party politics. If only we can just get rid of them :) because we trust these people to make decisions to innovate our country, but instead they filling their pockets and not carrying what the rest of America looks like
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Ukraine's First President Wants Good Relations With Russia But There's That Little Problem Of Putin

Ukraine's First President Wants Good Relations With Russia But There's That Little Problem Of Putin | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The first president of an independent Ukraine, who in 1994 sent Soviet nuclear weapons back to Russia in exchange for its pledge not to use force, said nobody believed at the time that an attack from Russia was even possible.
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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:28 AM
Jonell - the requirements for the Current Events Blog are as follows: o A link to the news story<br>o Quarter, Week, and date range (Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26)<br>o A brief synopsis of the story or issue (at least a paragraph giving the basic who, what, where, when, how, and why of the story, including its importance) <br>o A more detailed analysis providing your own insight into the story or issue, including connections to what we’re learning in class. (Choose a story that readily fits into the current unit of study or something we’ve recently studied.) <br>o Any vocabulary from the current or previous units used in the synopsis and analysis bolded or highlighted <br>
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Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure | Dale Hansen

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure | Dale Hansen | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show ...
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This article is on the recently discovered failure in the R.N.C (Republican National Committee) and how they failed in the 2012 Elections

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Nancy Pelosi: I'm Running Again In 2014

Nancy Pelosi: I'm Running Again In 2014 | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Two of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's closest and longest serving allies in the House have announced their retirements in the last few weeks, which has sparked a fresh round of questions about whether she's on her way out the door, too. Not so, the California Democrat said Thursday.
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Senator Nancy Pelosi's article claims general information on how the state of California's new policies are changing dramatically

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Most Republicans Say Government Aid To The Poor Does 'More Harm Than Good'

Most Republicans Say Government Aid To The Poor Does 'More Harm Than Good' | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
Americans across both parties see a growing chasm between the wealthiest and the rest of the country, according to a Pew Research/USA Today poll released Thursday.
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I find that this articel is very proficient and it really showed me what's truly going on in Society today and in the United States Government.

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Eduardo Miranda's comment, March 20, 2014 9:51 PM
My reaction to this article is that government aid to the poor isn't as bad as the Republicans say it is. Well Republicans tend to be the side of the majority or the rich and wealthy. They think that taxes shouldn't increase to the rich only. Democrats, on the other hand, tend to favor government aid to the poor and benefits. They say to build a better economy taxes should increase for the rich since they have more money than the middle and lower class. Obama is currently working on a plan to increase minimum wage to 10.10 for full time workers. If this takes action in the future, then the gap between the upper in the middle class will soon me closed, step by step.
Brenna Oddy's comment, May 22, 2014 10:53 AM
hi jonell
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Senate Republicans Filibuster Tax Breaks They Want

Senate Republicans Filibuster Tax Breaks They Want | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans filibustered a package of tax breaks that most of them want Thursday, saying they were mad because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wouldn't let them vote on more tax legislation, which included an anti-Obam...
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(Quarter 4, Week 3, May 12-16)

 

The article above is on how recently in the United States Congress the lead Republicans had filibustered a new package on tax breaks that most of the house wanted. Most of them were mad because the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democratic Nevada) wouldn't let them vote on more tax legislation, which included the anti-Obama care/ Affordable Health care act. The article also claimed that 

the senate was considering a bill to temporarily extend some 60 expired tax breaks at a cost of about $85 billion. Republicans favored the bill. The senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican Kentucky.) ended up asking Harry Reid to make the first of those amendments a repeal of the medical device tax in the Affordable Care Act, and then to allow alternating amendments from both sides.


My insight for the article is that I don't agree with the changes and views that were portrayed and decided by the house of senate

 

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 29, 2014 10:46 AM
I would like to read why you disagree.
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9 Countries That Hate America Most

9 Countries That Hate America Most | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
From 24/7 Wall St.: International approval of U.S. leadership improved last year, rising from of 41% in 2012 to 46% in 2013. This ended a downward trend in U.S. approval ratings, which had consistently declined since 2009.

While people around the ...
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Quarter 4, Week 1, (April 4-13)

Throughout years of struggle and United States Military intervention in  other nations due to foreign domestic policy. Many middle eastern nations of Arab and Muslim descent have found a major distrust and hate in the United States.

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U.S. Creates 175,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate At 6.7%

U.S. Creates 175,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate At 6.7% | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, as the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. More from the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.
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Government sues over worker suspensions in Ohio

Government sues over worker suspensions in Ohio | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
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I believe this article showed some importance on how the Government really wants to show their influence and really help its citizens. In relation to this article, the state of Ohio was recently suspending workers across the region for elaborate and insufficient reasons.

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White House Downplays Obama's Comparison Of Marijuana To Alcohol

White House Downplays Obama's Comparison Of Marijuana To Alcohol | Dr. Jonell Tejada's Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Despite President Barack Obama's recent comments stating that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, the White House said Wednesday that his opposition to marijuana legalization still stands.
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I believe President Barack Obama's views on the new Marijuana and Alcohol letigations are going to really show a change throughout the United States

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