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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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The article is a prime example of divided government. Obama has to put bidding chips on the table to try to get domething done, make both parties happy. The Democrat party is upset with some senator members and are starting to find people to run against the incumbents. Both sides will have to sacrifice a policy to get a fair deficit.

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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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Unemployment rate up, jobs added

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A detailed look at the unemployment and jobs situation.
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This article is about the unemployment rate is getting better as the amount of jobs is increasing. I learned that the job situation is getting better but only by a little bit each month.

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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 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.

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Raneem Hamdan's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:06 AM

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.

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.

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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Libertarian Gary Johnson says he'll be on presidential ballot in every state, by far outpacing any other third-party nominee

Libertarian Gary Johnson says he'll be on presidential ballot in every state, by far outpacing any other third-party nominee | Say It To My Face | Scoop.it

Gary Johnson is stating he will be on every state ballot and if he is part of the national debates he will have a good shot at getting lots of votes. He will most likely be on 47 ballots but possibly 49, only excluding Oklahoma. He is the biggest third party candidate, Jill Stein is only on 40 of the state ballots. If Johnson is able to join the debates then he could affect the presidental campaign. Not by winning but possibly taking some votes away from Romney or Obama. He may even win a state.


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Poll: Romney Sees Minor Post-Convention Bump Among Latinos

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Romney experienced a slight bump in the latino vote after his acceptance speech at the RNC last thrusday. Even though he is struggling with the latino vote he is up 4 points.  His gain may only be marginal, but it is a significant bump for his voter support.  While he is not close to the possession of the latino majority, an increase in the latino vote is a positive thing for his campaign.  I believe he recieved a bump because of Marco Rubio's speech at the RNC. I am surprised the bump wasn't larger considering how personal Rubio's speech was.

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

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Four infographics that tell us a lot about what Obama has said and will say.

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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.

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David Cohen's curator insight, February 12, 2013 11:28 PM

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.

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. 

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

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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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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.

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Christina Breitbeil's curator insight, February 7, 2013 1:03 AM

Despite the fall in the nation's GDP by 0.1%, the state of the economy can be considered in a relatively satisfactory position.  Most of the spending cuts did not involve consumer and investment spending, so that sector of the economy is flourishing.  This is a step towards a fully renewed state of economic stability.

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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25 Dead Presidents to Follow on Twitter

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Traditionally, people keep dead presidents in their hearts, history books and wallets. But take a peek at your Twitter feed, too.


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Latino Influence on 2012 Election: President

The article is about the projected amount of latino voters that will vote and how that will affect the election. If the Latino portion in the electorate then they would have more influence. So I moved that to the highest percent then moved around the amount of Latino voters and the more they voted the more likely Mitt Romney would win. I learned that the Latinos could decide by who wins just by voting.

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