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President Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue

President Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

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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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.

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Raneem Hamdan's curator insight, April 16, 2013 12:12 PM

President Obama's pitch to cut out future Medicare and Social Security benefits as a part of a compromise in regards to the problem of our nation's deficit, could force Democrats and Liberals to take an unsettling stand on an act that is generally known to be detested with their own party's political beliefs. In my opinion, I feel like it is sad that the President feels the need to make such a drastic kind of a decision and agreement with stonewall Republicans. Even though, I would obviously prefer to have a peaceful balance between these two bickering political parties; it is difficult when one side occasionally chooses to denounce compromise and sometimes deny incorporating logic into the discussion, just out of pride for their own political parties and standards. I can only hope that both sides can put their differences on the back burner and focus on not jeopardizing the well-being of the American people and our nation's economy.

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

U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter | DavidCohenGOPO | 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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The GDP did drop in the last quarter, but experts are not worried because there will be an increase in consumer spending, which they say will ultimately make up for this drop.

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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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Employment Situation Summary Table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted

Employment Situation Summary Table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it
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This gave some very useful information about unemployment rates. It shows all the different minorities and the percent unemployment for each minority. The highest and most shocking one was teenages ages 16-19. There is a significant amount of unemployment that is present.

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Albert Lee's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:35 AM

its good to see consistent job growth as our economy continues to recover

Randal Scroggins's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:50 PM

Chart of all the job statistics including demographics. Increase in the labor force along with fairly constant employment-population ratio. Hopefully that unemployed percentage will continue to decline

Raneem Hamdan's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:23 AM

The country's economy based on the article and statistics gives us insigh tas to how our economy is slowly recovering, yet is often impared by small and sudden drops and impediments that breifly stop the process of alleviating the condition of the economy. Overall, this is a good article displaying the irregular patterns within our country's business style.

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TV Ad Spending on Presidential Race Surpasses Two-Thirds of a Billion

TV Ad Spending on Presidential Race Surpasses Two-Thirds of a Billion | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

This article talks about the amounts of money President Obama and Mitt Romney are spending on advertisements in the states they feel they need to win (most are swing states) this week and how much they have spent in recent weeks. This is a ridiculous amount of money, but I guess money wins elections right?

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Pew-Forum: Full analysis on Political Party Identification in 2012 election

Pew-Forum: Full analysis on Political Party Identification in 2012 election | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

The graph shows that the trend continues of more regestered voters being democrat than republican and most registered voters are either democrat or independent (68%) than republican (28%). This is about a 2 to 1 ratio of democrats and independents to republicans.

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U.S. vows to hunt down perpetrators of Benghazi attack - CNN.com

U.S. vows to hunt down perpetrators of Benghazi attack - CNN.com | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

This Article describes the attack on the U.S. Consolate in Libya.

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

Previewing Obama’s State of the Union address (in four infographics) | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it
Four infographics that tell us a lot about what Obama has said and will say.

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It is clear that President Obama has spent most of his time on the economy in his years as president. All the graphics show this. The economy has been the main issue while he has been in office, so this is not unnormal. He should spend more time on some of the other issues such as education and taxes, but he feels that the economy is the biggest problem, so he spends the majority of his time on the issue.

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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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'Best-Looking' GDP Drop You'll Ever See

'Best-Looking' GDP Drop You'll Ever See | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it
Negative economic growth in the fourth quarter provided a scary headline to start Wednesday's trading but probably little else in market impact.
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According to experts, thus us the "Best Looking" GDP drop you will ever see. They say that they are not worried about the drop because they don't expect military spending to be so erratic in the future. 

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Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:46 AM

This article says that th recent drop in GDP isn't that bad cause it is mostly due to the recent cut in goverenment spending. this is pretty much just the drop before the big leap that hopefully comes soon.

Sarah Nguyen's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:58 AM

Even though the GDP has dropped at .1 percent, it is reassuring to know that it is largely because of government spending and business inventories. Consumer spending and the private sector in general was able to grow more than the previous quarter, even despite the natural disaster Sandy.

Patrick Demitis Brown's comment, February 21, 2013 12:06 AM
GDP is probably going to be just as low or lower in the second quarter, once we've gotten rid of the payroll tax cuts. Im not sure how our congress isn't doing anything about that, this will increase taxes, defense spending going down, the number of consumers able to spend will go down and GDP will go down more sooo......
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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.
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This chart has some useful information regard what has happened to the categories of GDP over the last quarter. It is obvious that GDP went down, but that's only because of a huge decrease in defense spending.

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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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State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

The article and chart describe what states allow felons to vote in jail, what states allow voting after certain action (Ex. Probation), and what states don't allow voting after become a felon.

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Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya - CNN.com

Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya - CNN.com | DavidCohenGOPO | Scoop.it

This Article describes the protest happening at U.S. Consolate in Egypt after what happened in Libya.

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Talking Points Memo

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The poll I scooped shows that Romney had a small increase in popularity after the RNC. This increase was miniscule, and it shows that Latinos were not effected that much by the RNC. This is ashame because Romney needed to gain more popularity than he achieved at the RNC. We will have to see if this effects the results of the coming election.

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