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Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union

Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union | CStallworth1 AP Gov | Scoop.it
More than 200 years after the first State of the Union, the issues haven't really changed.

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After reading this, I can see why they are semi-similar. Obama was calling for the same things as Washington back in the years. Washington wanted Congress to focus because they were still a young government that could go horribly wrong. He needed them to put the country ahead of their own desires. That is what Obama wants, but the bipartisanship, that Washington lacked, has made it extremely difficult. Washington called for a free armed people with ways to keep them safe. While I do not believe we should ban guns, more regulation is needed. Obama called for that in his speech as well. Obama believes that less immigration laws are in order and Washington had the same idea. That those who want to come to America should be allowed. It is a free country and if you decide to be apart of that freedom, that is fine with us. Washington believed that relationships with other nations were necessary to survive.

Obama knows that America depends too much on foreign power now. He thinks we should wean ourselves from the nourishment of other countries and I agree. Washington called Congress to realize the national debt forged by the Revolutionary War and Obama is calling for a decrease in our debt now. Obama has touched upon most of the topics he has promised to address and after his state of the union, I feel more confident in our president. He has called attention to the immediate problems of the debt, the wars, education, military, guns, and even energy. He forced Congress into a corner to make decisions for these areas, and he put the responsibility on himself as well as Congress.

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Lily Folkerts's curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:47 PM

At first thought, the concept of a 2013 State of the Union being similar to that of President Washington is questionable and unexpected. However, upon further thought, the notion that the State of the Unions are similar makes perfect sense. Throughout the history of the United States, and the history of many other countries, the same issues are held constant.Though the topics are similar, specificson each topic are different. For example, both Obama and Washington seek/sought to focus Congress. However, Obama sets out specific recommendations while Washington did not. Washington and Obama are similar in that they both promote the private ownership of guns but that that ownership be monitered and regulated. Because of the Conneticut school shooting, this is sure to be included in the speech of Obama. Finally, spending and being fiscally responsible. Both Washington and Obama focused on/ is focusing on the increase in education spending and infrastructure spending. Then, as now, the education system needs to be revamped and methods of transporation (roads, highways) need to be maintained. It is interesting to be able to draw these parallels and it will be interesting to see whether or not Obama hits many of the key points as Washington did 200 plus years ago.

Chinyere Stallworth's comment, February 12, 2013 11:05 PM
After reading this, I can see why they are semi-similar. Obama was calling for the same things as Washington back in the years. Washington wanted Congress to focus because they were still a young government that could go horribly wrong. He needed them to put the country ahead of their own desires. That is what Obama wants, but the bipartisanship, that Washington lacked, has made it extremely difficult. Washington called for a free armed people with ways to keep them safe. While I do not believe we should ban guns, more regulation is needed. Obama called for that in his speech as well. Obama believes that less immigration laws are in order and Washington had the same idea. That those who want to come to America should be allowed. It is a free country and if you decide to be apart of that freedom, that is fine with us. Washington believed that relationships with other nations were necessary to survive. Obama knows that America depends too much on foreign power now. He thinks we should wean ourselves from the nourishment of other countries and I agree. Washington called Congress to realize the national debt forged by the Revolutionary War and Obama is calling for a decrease in our debt now.
Chinyere Stallworth's comment, February 12, 2013 11:09 PM
Obama has touched upon most of the topics he has promised to address and after his state of the union, I feel more confident in our president. He has called attention to the immediate problems of the debt, the wars, education, military, guns, and even energy. He forced Congress into a corner to make decisions for these areas, and he put the responsibility on himself as well as Congress.
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Oil Consumption and GDP [infographic]

Oil Consumption and GDP [infographic] | CStallworth1 AP Gov | Scoop.it
This Infographic displays oil consumptions and gross domestic product, by year and country.

It summarizes and offers a comparison of annual oil consumption and gross domestic product per capita (in dollars) for USA, China, France, Gernany, India, Japan and Russia...


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Electric Car's comment, February 26, 2013 4:17 AM
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Clara Dunphy's curator insight, January 30, 2014 2:44 PM

China is still main consumer of oil

Mr Jones's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:55 AM

Excellent spot by Clara. Oil provides a great link for us between the Econ1 and Econ2 parts of the course

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Little Support for Third-Party Candidates in 2012 Election

Little Support for Third-Party Candidates in 2012 Election | CStallworth1 AP Gov | Scoop.it

The third party candidate, according to this article, are said to get the upper boundary of the votes at the begining of the campaigning season, but that the percentage of people who claim they would vote for someone other than Obama or Romney, falls as the election day gets closer. The drop in numbers comes from focus on a second term for the incumbent president, the numbers are mostly pulled from the registered voters, and because people know 3rd party candidates have little chance to win. I agree with the previous statement because everyone knows who the Democrats and who the Republicans are, what the policies are like and what each parties' goals are. To vote for a party with unfamiliar information, does not seem like a safe choice.

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Most people trust Romney more with medicare, jobs, and the economy. But for most of the other topics, Obama is ahead.

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Sales of iPhone 5 Could Boost GDP

Sales of iPhone 5 Could Boost GDP | CStallworth1 AP Gov | Scoop.it

Via National Journal:

 

As millions of people across the country line up to purchase the shiny new iPhone 5, economists estimate that Apple’s newest device could boost more than the speed of mobile Internet — it could add as much as half a percentage point to fourth-quarter gross domestic product.

 

Based on predictions that Apple would sell 8 million iPhone 5s over opening weekend, JP Morgan’s Michael Feroli calculates an estimated $3.2 billion boost to fourth-quarter GDP, which would raise the annualized fourth-quarter growth rate by a third of a percentage point. Feroli’s calculations were straightforward: If each unit sells for about $600 and contains about $200 in imported parts, then each individual iPhone 5 sale adds about $400 to GDP.

 

Depending on the quality of the phone, Feroli estimated the boost to GDP would be between 0.25 and 0.5 percentage points — a significant bump with fourth-quarter GDP currently estimated at somewhere between 2 and 1.5 percent...

 

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Democrats Scramble to Blame GDP Plunge on Republicans

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Politico has dubbed the negative growth numbers “Obama’s GDP headache,” calling it “bad news for Obama” because it contradicts the president’s “we’re-finally-roaring-back-narrative.” CNBC analyst Rick Santelli was more blunt. “We are now Europe,” said Santelli. “When you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe."

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Jordan Marsaw's curator insight, February 5, 2013 10:46 PM

Those evil, evil Democrats

Sara Nabhan 's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:51 PM

There has been a GDP contraction and Democrats are not blaming it on Obama's trillions on federal spending. The economy experienced negative growth at the end of 2012 with a -.1 % rate. Ouch. It's bad news for Obama and for our economy. His "roaring back story" is not being bought anymore. Our GDP is expected to grow a mere 2.5% in 2013. 

"The U.S. Department of Commerce defines the gross domestic product as "the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States." 

Obama might be wrong, but this definition is true. 

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Democrats More Liberal, Less White Than in 2008

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The Democratic Party has more minorities participating, more women, less people who are religion affiliated, and less supporters that are married. I think this article was written by a conservative republican because it focused more on what the democrats were not. To me, and I may be wrong, it felt like it was trying to down play the democrats and promote the republicans. If an independent were reading this, I think they would lean away from the democrats, especialy if they were religious, white, and married.

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Gallup Presidential Election Trial Heat Results: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Gallup Presidential Election Trial Heat Results: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney | CStallworth1 AP Gov | Scoop.it

Romney's approval rating increased steadily. After the convention, however, the approval rating is neck and neck with Obama's. Obama is ahead by 1%.

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