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State of Union Address Language Changed Over Time

State of Union Address Language Changed Over Time | 2012GOPOjyim1 | Scoop.it
Presidents like to tell Congress the state of the union is “strong,” but it was not always so.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article discusses how presidents have become increasingly more positive in their State of the Union addresses. It gives examples of presidents who said that the state of the union was getting better, good, and even in a horrible state. Everything changed with Ronald Reagan, who started this trend of saying "the state of the union is strong". Tonight, Obama once again repeated that phrase, yet contrary to the past, he discussed the things that improved as well as those that did not. He talked about unity and non-partisanship extensively in order to create a more strong state of the union. Hopefully, what was previously a phrase to sugarcoat the status of the country will become the reality.

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Teresa Herrin's comment, February 12, 2013 4:38 PM
SCOOPABLE for SOTU article.
Nicole Stankus's curator insight, February 12, 2013 5:51 PM

Over the last 30 years the same phrase has been murmured at the start of each State of the Union Address. The phrase "the state of the union is strong" has been used despite good or bad times and I believe is a phrase of hope that America is strong and can and will triumph all. Before'strong,' when giving the state of the union, presidents seemed not to sugarcoat America's current state whether good or bad. Rather, they would tell it like it was. Strong just became a ritual, time after time its been used and now almost seems like another incorporated part of the address. A tempting word and one with so much power and strength behind it, it is not difficult to see why so many presidents have leaned to use that word. It gives hope and with hope comes action to resolve any current issues. So will 'strong' live on, will Obama say it once more?

Haley Haegner's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:32 PM

Clinton and Obama's state of the unition adresses share some similarities. They both gave an SOTU address during a time of war and recession but they kept a positive outlook. While previous presidents would state it how it was, they were truthful but they did not bring the sense of hope that people saw with clinton and Obama. Raegan started the shift towards that of more optimism. He used the word "strong" which sounded more confident to the American people. Now presidents make sure that their positive outlook is well heard in the SOTU address.

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The only chart you need on the GDP report

The only chart you need on the GDP report | 2012GOPOjyim1 | Scoop.it
Last quarter's GDP report has been been called "the best-looking contraction in US GDP you’ll ever see." Here's the exact picture it paints.
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This article talks about the shrink in the GDP by .1%. Ironically enough, the shrink is actually a good thing, because investments and consumer spending increased, whereas business and government/defense expenditure decreased. 

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Christina Breitbeil's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:55 AM

This graph was very interesting to observe, because it offered insight into the complexities behind the number that is the collective GDP, which in this article is a fall in 0.1%. It was significant, in my opinion, that although the total GDP was a decrease, consumer and investment spending is doing exceptionally well. This just goes to show that the economy may be somewhat more stable than how it appears on the surface.

Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:44 AM

This chart shows the percent change in each department of the GDP. Whether it is going up or down. It shows an increase in consumer spending so that is a good sign for the economy.

Sarah Nguyen's curator insight, February 13, 2013 8:09 AM

This article and it's graph of the breakdown of the GDP is very reader friendly and easy to understand. It is very clear and obvious that the components of the GDP that are making the whole suffer the most are business inventory and federal defense spending. While reading, there was one comment by another reader that especially caught my eye. They reasoned that because many people were anticipating a pro-business Romney to win the election in the third quarterr of 2012, they planned ahead with increased inventories and expansion.

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Trends in Party Identification of Religious Groups - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life -- Jewish Support for the GOP Rises

Trends in Party Identification of Religious Groups - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life -- Jewish Support for the GOP Rises | 2012GOPOjyim1 | Scoop.it

This article compared the party identification trends of 2008 and that of 2012. Surprisingly, there is a rise in Republicanism/Lean Republicanism within each religious group. The groups that jumped from majority Democratic to Republican are Protestants and White Catholics. Mormons and Jews also experienced quite a large gain in Republican party members. Overall, the general public leans Democratic; however, there is a 4% increase in Republicanism and 3% decrease in Democratism in 2012 compared to 2008. As of now, it seems that the race is a close call. 

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U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter

U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter | 2012GOPOjyim1 | Scoop.it
The government played a role in slowing the economic recovery as cuts in military spending and other factors overwhelmed the Federal Reserve’s expanded campaign to spur growth.
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This article again states that the GDP shrunk by 0.1%, yet the military spending was cut by 22%. This slight drop in the GDP is actually quite surprising compared to the cut in military spending, and this is mainly because of the success of businesses and consumers.

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Bo Li_1's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:50 PM

It seems that this article says the the government has significantly decreased in military spending. As a result, it seems that US economy will also suffer a decrease in GDP.

Andrew Alter's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:51 PM

The economy may have shrunk, but it shrunk in the most unharmful way for the average American. Government spending substantially decreased,  notably in the military, which allows for future government spending in domestic areas.

Matt Kellogg's curator insight, February 6, 2013 9:57 PM

govenment cut a lot of defense spending. Economy didnt decline much considering how much was cut

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The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You | 2012GOPOjyim1 | Scoop.it

This article scared me. I agree with most Americans that it is a violation of privacy. I understand that we are in the era of Technology, and that politicians should use that in their campaign strategies, but I don't agree with the way they are going about it. It creeps me out, and to know that they monitor my purchases, my Facebook, my tweets, etc. without me knowing really caught me off guard. I think that Twitter and Facebook and other social media websites are great places to advertise and campaign, or even to poll on certain issues and opinions, but monitoring the people is taking it to a whole different level, and not in a good way.

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RealClearPolitics - Latest Polls

From the polls, we can see that before Thursday night, the poll results showed that Romney and Obama were almost neck in neck, with Obama pulling ahead by a slight margin on some days; however, after the RNC on Thursday, Romney pulled ahead, yet his success was short-lived, for on the next day, Romney and Obama were, again, pretty much tied. After the Democratic National Covention this coming week, I expect the same pattern to result with Obama as with Romney, but you never know. Life's paths may take sharp turns at the most unexpected times.

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