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Republicans rip 'unbalanced' budget proposal, bristle at proposed tax hikes

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Republicans ripped President Obama's long-awaited budget proposal Wednesday, describing it as a reheated plan that revives controversial tax hikes in the name of deficit reduction without ever balancing the budget. ...
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Obama really took his time to try to come up with a plan that was bipartisan. He tried to appeal to the conservatives by slowing down social security. This in fact didn't please the Republicans due to the call for an increase in taxes and made liberals upset. In all, both sides are upset by causing a political gridlock. Obama is trying to invest a lot of money into infrastructure.This part of his policy agenda I agree with and should boost his political appeal. He then goes into a riskier executive implementation by propsing to raise the federal tax on tobacco. This could upset interest groups and could really challenge congress members that need to appeal to their constituents to seek incumbancy. This proposal would play into the iron triangle. Yet, the money raised by the tax would go into paying for preschool to those who cannot aford it.  

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Carney: GDP report not "good news" - CBS News

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Asked by CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Major Garrett whether the GDP report out today showing the U.S.

Via VERONICA LESTER
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In this interview of Carney, Carney does state that the GDP report is something we don't want to see but this should not overshadow the fact that we are taking steps in the right economic directions. He stated our economy is set up for growth and highlights the housing industry.

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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 | Gotta Love Gov | Scoop.it

With social media continuing to rise, politival analysts like Alex Gage are adopting a new theory called microtargeting. Microtargeting can be difined as gathering information like which television show is prefered, what soda is in the refridgerator, what beer is prefered, what car is owned, etc. Most of this information is gathered through the interent from websites like Amazon, Facebook, emails, and especially Twitter. Microtargeters follow our internet usage "scarringly'. The prolem is most people aren't infromed of this and when people are infromed the question of invasion of privacy is brought up.

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Obama vows to 'bring justice' to killers in US Embassy attack in Libya

Obama vows to 'bring justice' to killers in US Embassy attack in Libya | Gotta Love Gov | Scoop.it

My heart and thoughts go out to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and his family after Setevens was killed by Libyan protestors on the anniversary of 9/11. It wll be interesting how Obama and Romney respond to this tragedy.

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Obamanomics Strikes Again: Low GDP shocks U.S. economy

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WASHINGTON -- Obamanomics continues to sink the behemoth that was the U.S. economy. Despite President Barack Obama's promises of a better f

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The title itself was pretty cunning, comparing Reaganomics to Obamanomics. The article threw in some pretty interesting facts. For example, we were predictaded the GDP to grow by 1.1% instead of decreasing .1% and for the US to sustain itself we needed at least a 3% growth. The author then puts the blame on the Affordable Care Act for burndening the insurance companies and consumers. He also blames the Environmental Protection Agency's increased regulations that actually limits job growth.

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Bill McKee's curator insight, February 1, 2013 9:43 AM

Every day reminds me of the Jimmy Carter era.. The Statist worldview demands that all decisions be filtered through government. It is an elitist world view that free people, acting in their own best interest is simply too random, "ineffecient".  The facts simply tell another story.  

 

The Statist problem solving is coming to roost.. in the form of continuous decline in job growth, economic output,  rocketing increases in "health insurance", and government induced increasing uncertainty in virtually every human endeavor that an American might dare pursue.  

 

We need to re-examine the benefits of smaller government, removing layer upon layer of rules, regulations, taxes.. and with it the cozy business/government relationships that always work to benefit only a handful, at the expense of all. 

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135 - Update On the GDP Map of the USA | Strange Maps | Big Think

135 - Update On the GDP Map of the USA | Strange Maps | Big Think | Gotta Love Gov | Scoop.it
I’m not in the habit of extensively revisiting strange maps already posted here, as there are so many more out there.

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Even though is going crazy about the recent drop in the GDP and what caused this and how to fix this, this map reminds us that America's GDP is still top of the tops. They even compare our individual state's GDP to whole countries. They don't even take in to account population differences.

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Asian Americans’ Political Views, Social Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status Introduction – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Asian Americans’ Political Views, Social Attitudes and Socioeconomic Status Introduction – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life | Gotta Love Gov | Scoop.it

An interesting slide show where I could see where I lie compared to my fellow Asian Americans. I learned most Asian Americans lean towards the Democratic party, but Protestant Asian Americans tend to lean toward the Republican Party. When it comes to social issues like abortion and homosexuality, Asian Americans share similar beliefs with the general public. An interesting trend was that the Hindu Asian Americans had the highest percentage according to religious belief of post graduate education, an income of over $100,000, and a good financial situation.

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Aug. 31: TV Ratings May Be Leading Indicator of Convention Bounce

Aug. 31: TV Ratings May Be Leading Indicator of Convention Bounce | Gotta Love Gov | Scoop.it

This article was very informative. It gave this eqation taking the TV rating and predicting the poll bounce. The author says he predicts a 4 point poll bounce due to his well performed performance (aside from Clint Eastwood). According to the polls though, Obama has the lead in the electoral vote while the popular vote is pretty even. The author does mention the vote is closer than shown on the polls.

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