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27 Sep

Political Know-How #2

27 Sep

Role of government

1. Define the issue

Choosing the appropriate role the government should take on to address the nations problems has been a big issue between democrats and republicans.

2. Why is this issue important to the election?

This issue is important to the election because people will ultimately choose whose side they are on. Whoever is elected will have a strong influence in the way the country will run and how the people will be effected.

3. What is your party’s position?

Democrats: The democrats feel that the government should play more of a role in peoples lives. Examples of this is how democrats support medicare, health care, welfare (etc.)

Republicans: The republicans feel that the government is doing too much and it should be left to businesses and individuals.

4. What are experts saying?

David J. Lynch – Journalist for Bloomberg news

“The platform reflects the influence of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, offering as the remedy for the nation’s economic ills a familiar recipe of low taxes, light regulation, expanded oil drilling and free enterprise. It vows to reduce personal and corporate taxes, repeal Obama’s health-care law, promote small businesses and avoid taxpayer bailouts of troubled financial institutions.”

Jack Kenny – Journalist

There are 47 percent who will vote for the President, no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on the government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it…. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And so my job is not to worry about those people — I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Marc Fisher-The Washington Post:

“Democratic platforms still spell out positions distinctly different from Republican stances on social and environmental issues, supporting abortion rights, affirmative action, and tighter regulations on polluters and financial institutions. Democrats consistently back a more expansive view of government’s role in science, the arts, and aid to the poor and the elderly.”

James Rosen-Journalist

“Democrats today are solidly in favor of a bigger federal government that provides more services. They want it to spend more money to stimulate the economy. They want to raise taxes on the wealthy, and they say that would help the economy. They think the government should do more to help the needy even if it means more debt”

5. 3 quotes of prominent pundits

“So, now we have a controversy over Governor Romney telling supporters that a large portion of the American population is dependent on government and most likely will not vote for him. Here is my question; Why is that controversial? That’s true.”-Bill O’Reilly

“My point of view is that the people of America still believe in the American dream. And our responsibility as leaders, as public servants, is to make sure that this is a country where everyone has that equal opportunity to compete and succeed and pursue their dreams”-Senate candidate George Allen of Virginia

“He says it’s bad for business. Except when it comes to his business. It was one thing when a million middle-class jobs were on the line. It was another when his own financial interests and those of his partners were on the line.”-Joe Biden

6. Cite 3 credible resources

http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Republicans-Vow-to-Transform-Obama-s-U-S-by-3824466.php#ixzz2780UeIET

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2012/09/19/bill-oreilly-mitt-romney-truth-and-folks#ixzz2787jH7WT

MP3s

27 Sep

http://dp.hightechhigh.org/~chicks/Bottleneck.html

Obama Satire

25 Sep

Political Know-How

21 Sep

Blog post for the partnership – due Tuesday

1. Define the Issue

One of the big housing issues facing the United States is that people’s houses are being forclosed. One of the main reasons the U.S. went through a major economic depression was because banks were giving out bad loans to people looking to buy houses and were forced to make unrealistic payments. When this happened the banks forclosed the houses.

2. Why is this issue important to this election?

It is important to the election because now banks are being very uptight about giving loans and that needs to be fixed. The banks have gone from being very loose about loans to very tight about loans. It is also important because Obama wants to spend a lot of government money to help people who’s houses are being foreclosed.

3. What is your party’s position?

Democrats support the idea that people who can not meet there mortgage payments should be helped by the government to meet the payments or at least wave the payments until they are able to pay.

The Republicans position is to let the market run it’s course with minimal interference and it will all work itself out on its own.

4. What are the experts saying?

1.”the Obama administration announced a new initiative meant to relax the program’s rules to help homeowners who are “underwater’’ refinance to take advantage of low interest rates — that is, property owners who are current on their mortgages but whose homes’ value has fallen to less than their mortgage debt.” -New York Times

Basically what this is saying is that Obama wants to let people refinance their homes meaning because the housing market has fallen so much people houses aren’t worth what they were when they originally signed their mortgage agreements so they should be allowed to be paying a mortgage on the price of their new home.

2. “The efforts Obama is announcing do not require congressional approval and are limited in comparison with the vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners that he asked Congress to approve last month. That $5 billion to $10 billion plan would make it easier for more borrowers with burdensome mortgages to refinance their loans.” -Yahoo News

John Kuhnhenn from Yahoo news is talking about how Obamas plan to help people refinance their homes is going to cost the government between five and ten billion dollars.

5.

In an October 2011 interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Romney stated, “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, criticizes Romney’s housing plan as cold and unsympathetic to middle-class families in a post on the 2012 campaign website. “The Romney housing plan is clear: As president, he would simply get out of the way and tell American families to hope for the best.”

 

“Neither one wants to explain themselves because any explanation is going to be unpleasant,” said Richard K. Green, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California.

6.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/credit_crisis/housing_plan/index.html

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-holds-news-conference-unveils-housing-plan-110637904.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-and-obamas-positions-on-housing-2012-9

Stat Bust

21 Sep

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This is my stat bust. It shows Romney about to be pooped on by the twitter birds while Obama co-exsists with them. It is representative of the fact in between them that Obama has thirty times more followers on twitter than Romney.

Bennet Peji Reflection

21 Sep

Although I thought the experience of learning from Bennet was interesting I can’t say that I really learned anything new. My mom is a graphic designer so I pretty much already know all the ins and outs of the graphic design buisness. Not to say I’m an expert but the simple stuff that he was teaching us were all things I already knew.

The cool part about his lesson was his insight into graphic design in college. Getting some insight into the college graphic design world was really cool.