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Think Obama’s a huge spender? Then you need to see these two charts.

Think Obama’s a huge spender? Then you need to see these two charts. | GOV | Scoop.it

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Question
How much does state and local have to do with Federal spending. If in the past few years the state governments cut their budgets cut their budgets then of course total spending would be lower. Right?

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Joe Da Boulder Meyer's comment, January 29, 2013 10:49 PM
Well it's good to know that Obama isn't doing as bad as the fox news and Kevin Dwyers would have you believe. I find it really fascinating though that even after being out office for several years does George W. still have the ability to look like the worst president era. I'm not sure if the cause of the increase in spending was a result of the Bush tax cuts or any number of causes, but I feel a bit more confident with Obama's policies
Joel Shkedy's comment, February 8, 2013 11:10 PM
@Kevin, although the actual money spent is lower all of the budget is being spent and therefore having that effect.
Joel Leagans's comment, February 19, 2013 12:24 PM
Most state revenue comes from the federal government, oddly.
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The GOP Plan: Go Left on Immigration, Right on Everything Else

The GOP Plan: Go Left on Immigration, Right on Everything Else | GOV | Scoop.it
Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan show the way forward.

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This is a step in the right direction but if the GOP really wants to win the whitehouse, it must change on its 1920's social issues stances. Otherwise, all that can happen is a divided or crumpled party that used to be the grand old party. This one emphasizes the old part.

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Julius Fang's comment, February 8, 2013 12:09 AM
I'm glad to see that the Republican party is finally realizing that it must change it's stance on certain policies. However, by just following in Mitt Romney's footsteps, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio will be setting themselves up for another loss down the road. If Republicans in Congress can't find some common ground soon, their party will start to lose a lot of support. If Republicans want the white house in 2016, they need to figure out what the American people really need.
Xinghua Dou's comment, February 8, 2013 7:54 PM
Maybe it's because I live in a place like Houston, but I really cannot understand how the Republicans can expect to get voters with its stances on many issues. From a social standpoint, Americans are just going to become more liberal, and the Republican's outdated policies on issues such as abortion and gay marriage will really put them at a loss with the coming generation. From an economic standpoint, they will also lose support with the coming generation. If they are unable to get things done, which probably will happen with their antagonism towards Obama and the Democrats, then I do not see any chance of them winning the 2016 elections or even future ones without a serious reevaluation of their policies.
Stephen McWilliams's comment, February 8, 2013 8:14 PM
Even though i like to call myself Democrat I think it is a great idea to have republicans connect more to voters. Especially after the 2012 elections a lot of ideas were thrown around on how to stay competitive against the ever growing Democratic voters. I believe one of the best way to accomplish is to sway the largest growing demographic, the Hispanic voters. This will be a challenge for republicans because a lot of sensitive issues ( immigration especially) Hispanics tend to lean democrat. No matter what they do they must make dramatic changes to be competitive in upcoming elections.
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A Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare That Even Liberals Can Love

A Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare That Even Liberals Can Love | GOV | Scoop.it
The peril to entitlements has been overstated by the likes of Paul Ryan, but progressives can no longer ignore the need for smart reform. Here's how to do it.

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The author ignores a very important fact that as more people age, there will be less money available for the future recipients. It would be great if money could magically appear in the "pot", but unfortunately that isn't how life works. Many people who are paying the SS tax today, may not receive their full share of the money in the future.

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Eghosa Igbinosa's comment, January 22, 2013 11:59 PM
For starters the title is ironic because liberals would get pissed if their social security and medicare benefits were cut. Kevin brought up a good point when he said that the author doesn't mention the changing factor of age into his argument, therefore quite a bit of what Henry J Aaron stated is irrelevant to changing population data.
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WH2012: Tracking

Romney and Obama have remained pretty even foralmost of the campaign. The RNC did not boost Romney's ratingsenough. Heremains at 46 % and Obama remains at 47%. Thequestion is "As of today, do you lean more toward Obama, the Democrat, or Romney, the Republican?" 

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Obama, FDR and the Second Bill of Rights

Obama, FDR and the Second Bill of Rights | GOV | Scoop.it
As the actions of his first term made clear, and as his second inaugural address declared, President Barack Obama is committed to a distinctive vision of American government.

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FDR's "second bill of rights" is more like a bill of nice share that everybody should have theopportunity to have. If people dont work hard, and do t have the money, they don't deserve a nice house. President Obama's policies have been leaning that way although to say he is socialist is wrong. In prefect world, everybody should have those items, but this isn't a perfect world.

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Stephen McWilliams's comment, February 8, 2013 8:19 PM
Kevin, I find it hard that believe that you find that entirely true. True incentives make people work harder but people who work hard dont always get paid a decent wage. There should be an incentive to help others, no one is asking for a mansion but merely shelter. Basic needs should always be provided to the less fortunate.
Blaine Cole's comment, February 8, 2013 10:34 PM
I feel that if the duty of government is to provide for the people, then this pledge is perfectly reasonable. Obama, like FDR, is not promising to use the might of the federal government to ensure economic equality, but rather returning the focus of the government to serving the people. Governments are a vehical for providing stability, and security, that same security that Rosevelt referenced, and Obama now strives to provide.
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Who Needs to Win to Win?

Who Needs to Win to Win? | GOV | Scoop.it
Can a party rule by capturing most of the country but less than half of the people? We might be about to find out.

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This is an interesting idea that the Republicans could win the next election through gerrymandering. While this may be true temporarily, this can not work long term. The GOP must change if it wants to continue to exist. 2 places ofconcern are social issues and immigration.

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Abby Klein's comment, February 9, 2013 1:44 PM
Is that even allowed? That sounds a little like cheating to me. This does make me think that something should be done about the way we vote in this country, though. Just maybe not in the way that they said it because it seems like they are just doing it to win. If people think that their vote won't even matter, we should change it so that everybody's vote does. I don't know if that means we should change it to popular vote or some other way, but something definitely should change
Alexa Sanchez's comment, February 13, 2013 12:34 AM
The doesn't sound like something Republicans would want America to known as, cheaters. Finding a way to manipulate the way we vote in this country just so more states can win in order for republicans to gain more office seems to be to only bring future problems but despite that there should definitely be something done about voter turn out. The belief that own votes don't count because they'll be outweighed by others is something that doesnt have to exist within the country but if we change that, its likely that Republicans will find their way between that door and use it to win more elected office.
Joel Leagans's comment, February 18, 2013 3:09 PM
Abby, states are constitutionally granted the power to determine how their electoral votes will be distributed. By the statewide popular vote is the most common method historically, but that can be changed by the state legislatures at any time.
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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 | GOV | Scoop.it

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The Latino vote, obviously a target of both parties at the conventions, seems to be heavely leaning left. Latino Women in particular will vote Obama over Romney. This bodes well for Obama and poorly for Romney. Looks like Bush's attempt at solidifying the Hispanics and Latinos as Republican voters didn't work out so well.

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Poll: Romney Sees Minor Post-Convention Bump Among Latinos

Poll: Romney Sees Minor Post-Convention Bump Among Latinos | GOV | Scoop.it
A new tracking poll released Monday shows Mitt Romney receiving a marginal post-convention bump in support from Latino voters, even as President Barack Obama maintains his commanding advantage.

 


Mitt Romney has no chance toworn the Hispanic vote but he can try to close the gap a little bit. This poll shows a slight bump in favor of Romney after the Republican National Convention. Rubio and Martinez probably impacted that. 

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