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President Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue

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Obama has put Social Security on the negotiating table, which puts the Democratic presidential candidate at an issue that may have to be addressed when running in the 2016 election due to the incumbent's, Obama, decision. Democrats who are supporting Obama's budget may be in trouble during these midterm races because interest groups and PACs can help get new candidates, who don't support the budget, to take the spot of these democrats. Republicans can now use Obama's budget to shed a new light on the president as a democrat who would "attack seniors," which is a significant way to libel the incumbent. Even liberals are stating that good Democrats do not cut Social Security. Activists are stating people may be disinclined to help volunteer and help in races for people who favor cutting social security. This is a critical issue and I personally believe that Social Security should NOT be cut. People need that money and can spend that money to increase the GDP - assuming they spend it correctly - and if people have less money due to the cuts, it puts stress on the constituents because they now have less money. Just putting Social Security on the negotiating table is enough to scare a LOT of people and now democrats must state how they will as their future elections and campaigns depend on it.


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Adan Huang's insight:

In order to compromise with the Republicans, President Obama puts Social Security and Medicare budget on the line by proposing a cut in future benefits. His attempt to accomplish a deficit reduction forces the Democrat candidates in the upcoming midterm election and the 2016 general election to choose a side. Some believe that candidates who emphasize on keeping the same Social Security platform will gain voter advantage while the others believe that a candidate's overall credibility is much more important than his or her stand on a single issue. I think President Obama has made an intelligent choice by putting Social Security and Medicare benefits on the negotiation table. Because Social Security and Medicare has long been one of the most important aspects of the Democratic party, this compromise shows President Obama's sincerity and willingness to break the partisan gridlock in order to get things done in the White House and the Congress. If the budget proposal is passed, the deficit reduction plan will save the future generations from a large amount of debts that might consequently result in higher sacrifices in Social Security and Medicare benefits. I agree that the stand on this matter might affect a candidate's chance in upcoming elections, however, both sides can find potentially good reasons to back up their ideologies in order to avoid losing votes from their constituents.

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David Cohen's curator insight, April 16, 2013 11:04 PM

I know Obama wants to compromise with Republicans on Medicare and Social Security benefits, but what he is doing is against his party's beliefs. This action will hurt democrats in future elections and escpecially in the next presidential election. Democrats need to stay together and Obama is breaking away from them, its wrong. Personally, I think the president should focus on some other issues as well, such as the economy and getting jobs for the unemployed. he should not focus all his attention on this because the will hurt him and his party than help him in the long run.

Sarah Nguyen's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:40 AM

Democrats are upset about the fact that Obama has put Social Security and Medicare benefits up for negotiation while discussing the federal budget. Beforehand, Democrats had stated that they would stand by Obama should the new equation for calculating social security benefits be accepted even it lessens the amount given.

mconti38's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:22 PM

In Obama's recent budget plan, he was put social security and medicare up for "negotiation". This move has raised debate by both parties, as the services are heavily depended, on especially be seniors. 

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Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report : NPR

Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report : NPR | Adan's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Nobody knows exactly how many jobs the economy added (or lost) last month. Here's how to make an educated guess.
Adan Huang's insight:

I agree with the idea that reports can be very inaccurate as the article explains that the surveys for added jobs are conducted through certain types of businesses, leaving out other sections/types of employment. Unemployment rate surveys are conducted through individual households, in which each holds slightly different definitions of unemployment. The fact that previous reports have been so far off from the actual number can promote a more positive outlook on our current economy. At the same time, it also means that both the employment and unemployment rates can be far worse than we think they are.

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Nicole Stankus's curator insight, February 5, 2013 10:53 PM

This article discusses the fluctuating trends in jobs and unemployment. The article states that the US loses millions of jobs ever January in good time and bad, but why were 157,000 jobs added last month? That last statement may be false, we don't know how many jobs the US adds since no survey can cover every American in the work force. We can only assume as to the accuracy of the surveys and in the end over several months it all averages out. In the end, one must not panic at one month, but rather look at an average of months to conjure more accurate data.

Alex Metzger's curator insight, February 6, 2013 3:10 PM

This article provides great insight on the unemployment number that is so commonly kept up with. The background to where the numbers that constitute the unemployment rate drastically helps as to how serious to take this estimated percent. Though the article proves these numbers to not always be accurate, but also it provides an understandment that these numbers are probably the best guess that anyone could have.

Christina Breitbeil's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:59 AM

This article walks the reader through the process of understanding the truth behind the numbers and statistics put forth by the government.  Although the unemployment rate can seem as if it is plummeting to new heights, there is often an explanation that is unaccounted for. As it explains in the article, the recent spike in unemployment is caused in part due to the loss of jobs created specifically for the holiday season.  Alterations such as these can cause statistics to be, at times, inaccurate.

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The only chart you need on the GDP report

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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.
Adan Huang's insight:

The huge contrast between defense and other federal spending is very interesting. The big increase in consumer consumption seems like a great improvement to me. As the article explains, the decreased GDP of business may be caused by businesses attempting to sell the goods they currently have, which I believe to be a great strategy. The article also explains that this trend will not continue for long because eventually businesses will have to start increasing their inventories again. therefore, this shouldn't be a concern. However, using "weather-related incidents" as an excuse for federal spending seems a bit strange to me because natural disasters occur every year. As the first negative change rate in GDP since 2009 occurs, the government should pay a lot more attention to the economy in order to prevent further decline in GDP.

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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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The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin | Latino Decisions

The Latino gender gap: Latina voters prefer Obama by 53 point margin | Latino Decisions | Adan's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it

     The majority of Latinos claim that they will vote for President Barack Obama instead of Mitt Romney. More Latinas than Latino men plan on voting for President Obama. According to the fourth week of the impreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll, 74% of Latinas plan on voting for President Barack Obama. Overall, President Obama holds 68% of the Latino vote to 26% for Romney.

     The reason that a large percentage of Latinos plan on voting for President Obama is that they believe that important issues involving women are better trusted to be handled in the hands of the Democratic party. Also, data indicates that Latinas are more likely to vote than Latino men in 2012 as 88% of Latinas claim that they are certain to vote.

     Factors that cause Latinas to choose the Democratic party over the Republican party include: 1. The Republican party implies that the Latina fertility result in large numbers of immigrants; the decision to ban all abortions by the Republican party; and the plan to oppose to the covering of birth control. 2. The Democratic party focuses on many other issues that are important to the Latinas population, which includes: affordable health care, DREAM Act support, Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court... 3. Due to the fact that many Hispanic families consist of multi-generations, the Hispanic voters are more likely to focus on the benefits of healthcare for their family while considering the household's economic stability. 4. Many Latinas see the DREAM act as a long-term remedy that provides economic and job opportunities for their children and communities. 5. Latinos and Latinas think alike. Therefore, their political preferences are most likely to be the same due to their similar economic and social statuses, while the gender gap for the white voters indicates that women and men are more likely to take opposite sides on their political preferences.

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Previewing Obama’s State of the Union address (in four infographics)

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Four infographics that tell us a lot about what Obama has said and will say.

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This article provides some very interesting analysis. I believe the fact that President Obama mentions education right after economy shows his strong belief in the relation of two. However, the 2nd chart shows that when the length of time spent on economy increases, the length of time spent on education greatly decreases, despite the subtle changes in the time spent on other sections. I didn't expect Bush to use the word "hope" more than President Obama did, because I felt the majority of President Obama's speeches had a inspirational, optimistic tone to them. I also find it interesting that as the unemployment rate decreased, for some reason, the approval rate also decreased. Could this have occured because some policies that boosted the economy did not please a lot of people?

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Amanda Taylor's curator insight, February 14, 2013 12:07 AM

I find this article to be very interesting in how it used the several infographics to break down what was of importance during Obama's 5th State of the Union address. I really enjoyed all of the grraphics, especially the graph displaying the words of the union, which compares Bush's highly used words to that of Obama's. I think this portayed how what is of high concern has shifted from one presidential term to another. Back through 2000-2007, Americans focused on the issue of security with Iraq and terrorism. Today there is a parallel with security being of importance, but now it is much more domestic with hope for tighter gun control laws. This graph just especially showed a movement of issues and how they never really go away, but flow through a cycle of importance. I think Obama's address was very convincing and filled with good plans for the future. He made sure to make every American feel the same way through his focusing on the economy (manufacturing jobs moving to US), education (better prepared graduates) and partisanship - which is truly the main issue in government. 

Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:05 PM

In this speech Obama focused more on the econmy and jobs. He spent roughly half his time on the issue that effects every one in the United States. He used the word taxes and unemployment more than ever. His also talked about new alternative energy that could help the economy. So everything went back to the economy. ECONOMY, ECONOMY, ECONOMY.

Kirkland Schuessler's comment, February 15, 2013 4:49 PM
I thought this article was very interesting because it shows the progression of the importance of the economy to not only the presidency, but also the citizens of the United States. Throughout the years we have focused more and more on economy and this is shown in Obama's 2013 SOTU when he spends almost half of the time focused on economy. Although he only spend 7 minutes on education, what he said was very insightful and moving, so much so that it is a part of the speech that I vividly remember. I also found it very interesting to look at the difference between the vocabulary of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bush very rarely talked about education, while Obama tries to always focus some attention on it. I think not only this observation, but the other observations about their vocabulary are very important. The most interesting part of the article was seeing that President Obama said "America" the most in 2012.
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Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP

Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP | Adan's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Had the Pentagon not cut back on spending, the economy would have grown at a weak but positive 1.27 percent pace.
Adan Huang's insight:

The fact that government agencies feel obligated to spend all of their budgets in order to prevent future budget cuts Irene's ironic to me. This can probably contribute to many unnecessary government spendings while some departments are in desperate needs of budget increases. There could be other factors for the huge difference between government spendings during the third and fourth quarter, but this analysis makes perfect sense to me as an explanation. It also shows what a significant role government spendings has in the overall GDP of the country.

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Yessenia Leal's curator insight, February 6, 2013 2:40 PM

Givernment military spending greatly affected the GDP last year. The Pentagon spent less money on military spending. That means less spending with Irag and Afghanistan. If the Pentagon had spent this amount of money then the amount would of grown

Matt Kellogg's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:01 PM

shows how much the defense spending cuts hurt the GDP, why it looks bad

Emily Koehn's curator insight, February 6, 2013 11:58 PM

This article explains the effects that defense spending has on the national GDP. The cut in expenditures is a directly relaed to military activity, which provides evidence that the GDP is greatly affected by military endeavors. 

 

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Female Donors Spent Big Backing Women Vote! Super PAC In August - OpenSecrets Blog | OpenSecrets

Female Donors Spent Big Backing Women Vote! Super PAC In August - OpenSecrets Blog | OpenSecrets | Adan's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it

     Women Vote!, the super PAC(Political Action Committee) of Emily's list, the group that supports pro-abortion rights woman candidates, collected $1.9 million in August, 2012. About half of the money were transferred from another part of the organization. A significant detail worth notice is that at least five individual female donors contributed six-figure donations to the organization. According to Center for Responsive Politics research, only a few of major political donors are female, especially when it comes to contributing to super PACs. The super PAC has spent about $2.4 million in the cycle, at least $1.4 million of it during the August. 

     The group's independent expenditures are spent in the field of advertisements for two purposes: opposing Republican candidates such as the former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson who is running for Wisconsin's Senate seat; and supporting nine female Democratic congressional candidates.

     Through July, the single biggest source of donation came from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, with only two individual donors writing six figure checks, the largest for $250,000.

     In August, A number of female donors contributed a large amount of donation to Women Vote!. Theses donors include: Barbara Stiefel, a Florida philanthropist contributed $250,000; Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, contributed $200,000; Shelley Rubin, a New York City philanthropist contributed $150,000; Mitzi Henderson contributed $100,000; Barbara Fish Lee also contributed $100,000. Other than Stiefel, who had previously donated $1 million to Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, and Lee, who had previously contributed to a super PAC, all of these women were first-time donors to a super PAC. 

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Sept. 2: Split Verdict in Polls on Romney Convention Bounce

Sept. 2: Split Verdict in Polls on Romney Convention Bounce | Adan's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it

According to the poll, Mitt Romney received a small 2 point bounce in electoral vote after his acceptance speech on August 30, 2012. Romney's speech greatly gained my favor to the Republican party. Therefore, it is to my surprise that the bounce is so small. Barack Obama's electoral vote decreased from a 295.6 to a 293.9 after Romney's speech. However, if the election was to be held today, polling shows that Obama has a 74.5% of chance of winning the Electoral College, which is again, to my surprise. In conclusion, although Mitt Romney has gained a small bounce after the convention, Barack Obama is still in lead in both the popular vote and the electoral vote. On the other hand, two parties are tied at attracting 45% of likely voters each as of today, September 3, 2012.

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