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One error in the above needs addressing because this is a common error. Food stamps in 2012 went to 46.6 million. In 2009, President Obama's first term, it was 33.5 million. A 13 million increase or a 28% increase. No one complained for the Bush Presidency that went from 17.3 million in 2001 to 23.8 million in 2004, his first four years. This is a 37.5% increase over the same time period. Compare these to President Clinton who went from a beginning high of 25.4 million and pulled it down to a low of 17.2 million by the end of his 8 year administration. To find a lower number, one must go all the way back to President Jimmy Carter with only 16 million in 1978.
Cleanupguy is correct, there is no correlation between low tax rates on the wealthy and job creation. When the wealthy get more money, they don't up their spending or job creating investments. Job creation is a response to a need. This need is fed my consumerism. Get more money into the hands of the lower income. Their spending increases, creating more demand and then jobs are created to help fill this demand.
I just crunched the numbers. Why_not is correct that the GOP is responsible for the majority of the debt. Beginning and including Jimmy Carter, when the debt was $450 billion, the GOP has added $10.8 trillion and the Dems have only added $4.8 trillion. If we go back to 1950, the numbers are GOP $11 trillion Dems $4.8 trillion.
Some facts seem to be constantly ignored.
Teachers in Georgia, and most of the poorer performing states, are not allowed to unionize by state law.
Bad teachers can be fired and are fired. Principals are not even required to explain why for the first several years of a teachers employment. After that, teachers can be fired as long as the principal explains why.
Charter schools can continue to be setup by the state over the objections of the local boards.
Private charter schools do not perform as well as public schools. The top performing charter schools are public schools.
An amendment to the constitution is very difficult to reverse when it is determined that this was the wrong way to create charter schools.
Charter schools can be setup in one county but have most of their students from a neighboring county. This gives a charter an incentive for choosing locations just inside the counties with higher school funding while drawing students from under funded school systems.
Jv takes a partial truth and exaggerates it. This only impacts an unethical increase of charges for a small group of patients temporarily in a nursing home for recovery.
In response to JV's erroneous information, here is another link.
Continuing with Kevin's Fact 2, the health care bill specifically states that Medicare services will not be reduced. In fact, they have been expanded for better coverage for preventive health services rendered with annual exams. And in fact 3, I find no way to test your anecdotal method, it is meaningless since we do not have socialized medicine. The health care bill still leaves private insurance companies in competition to get your service. If you wanted to understand the degree of satisfaction with a national health care system, then you need to do separate surveys in each country using a good sampling method. This has been done and most countries show a majority of the people do like their national health care. Every country with a national health care system not only have a lower per capita cost for health care, also the main indicators of good health system are better than the USA. Links: 1 2 3 4
Let us first address JV's claim that their is not Ryan plan. Romney has, on several occasions, stated support for the majority of Ryan's plan and specifically stated strong support for Ryan's idea of zero taxes on capital gains and a voucher system to be phased in for Medicare.
Next the odd claims made by Kevin. On Fact 1. I am curious where he found such a claim because I have found none that made such an extreme claim. I did, however, find where Romney claiming that the Medicare Advantage program would die of its own accord. But that is false. The truth is that the government has been paying more to private insurance companies for people opting to use a Medicare Advantage programn and the health care bill rolls that amount back to an amount closer to the cost of other Medicare benificiaries. This will result in either reduction of profits for private insurance companies, higher premimiums or reduced services but does not kill the program.
Prior to implementation of the current sick bank policy, this has been allowed in the past for people in administrative positions. I could not find whether or not such a policy had been allowed for teaching staff but would assume that it had. The question of extending this policy under the current situation apparently stems from the exact wording of the sick bank policy. I would think that the Board of Education could pass some emergency policy change without creating an administrative nightmare.
For those that question climate change or man's involvement in it, here is one of the latest articles with supporting information.
After reading this article, click on their "home" and find "climate change" under Science and technology. Here you will find a page with pro and con arguments and references to research each side uses to support their argument. You should note that the discussion is not whether global warming occurs but how much the activities of man contribute to the problem. The scientific evidence that climate change is occurring is overwhelming and should not be ignored.
Chick-fil-A gave nearly $2 million to anti gay organizations. This is not passively stating an opinion but is actively seeking to deny the rights of others to their own religious beliefs and life style choices. Denying equal marriage rights under the law to same sex couples is a form of Sharia law.
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