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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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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.

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

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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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Even though there were major cuts to the military budget and spending, which caused a brief yet complicated hault to the process of economic recovery; and even though the GDP underwent a minor drop in the GDP it definitely brought a good spark to economic growth.

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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 Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

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It’s extremely interesting to see the so claimed correlations between life style and political choice, from the article’s corresponding charts. However I wonder about the useful capabilities of data programs like the ones being described, it appears to categorize citizens at opposite ends of the political spectrum instead of swing voters. Even if there was some sort of regulation in shaping someone’s political typologies, how would these researchers be able to use the data in the advantage of their party’s nominee? The most important aim of this article is about the multiple techniques that campaigners set forth to obtain information that will better their party’s status in political standings. I do have some concerns about the idea of using social media to find things out about me, although, I do not disclose information I would rather keep private on my profile, I still feel as though the idea of knowing everything about that person from Facebook is strange. I would prefer that if they needed to find, a voter’s personal information they would use an alternative method rather than blatantly and openly viewing their profiles.

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Talking Points Memo

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"Polltracker: The Most Accurate and Up-to-Date Poll Reporting. State-of-the-Art Averages.

Although the ABC Poll portrays Romney with a one-percent lead, and the CBS Poll portrays Obama with a similar percentage lead. However, leading the polls does not determine or guarantee which candidate will win the election. One must remember to take into consideration the possible errors that come with polling, especially when the margin between the results are extremley slim. That being said the result of this presidential election is still not defined and has yet to have a winner.


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Employment Situation Summary Table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted

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

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

David Cohen's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:32 AM

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.

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

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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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The graph that was illustrated for the readers in this article does a good job of showing the balance and the components that work together to create a better economic recovery through an analysis of the GDP . It also easily does a good job of displaying the idea that consumer spending is the biggest aspect when computing 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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Democrats More Liberal, Less White Than in 2008

Based on the recent results of a Gallup poll, there has been an increase in Democrats identifying themselves as liberals now than in the year of 2008, also keeping in mind that the bigger percentage of Democrats is made up mainly of minorities. Liberals make up 2% more and nonwhites make up 3% more of the Democratic party than they did in the year of 2008. Till this day women still lean more toward Democratic policies and also help make up the majority of our nation’s Democrats. Democrats remain more secular. This poll exemplifies interesting changes. The Democrats have grown in broadmindedness at a time when the country has become overall more conservative, due to its current circumstances. Overall, however, the Democrats throughout the years have been able to retain their demographic melting pot. Therefore, the Democrats will most likely retain the same demographic voting patterns that they had in 2008, and if that is the case, President Obama will most likely be elected to another four years in office.

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I am Barack Obama, President of the United States -- AMA

Here is a collection of all the questions and answers: 

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