Polls show that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are both taking 32% of support among those that are likely to vote in the Republican primary. The American Research Group released this information on Friday.
This poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday and was almost completely finished by teh time the Republican Party of FLorida Dbate happened in Jacksonville.
As the primary votes continue to happen it is important that everyone stay educated and active. Take time to do your research, find your candidate and get out there and support him! Our nation needs Obama out of office and we need to rally behind the man that will get Obama out of office and help America get back on track.
Watching or reading the debates, voting and doing your own research are all ways that you can ensure you are enabled to make an educated vote to help our country.
As the presidential election looms ever closer, the nation is eagerly anticipating who the Republican presidential candidate will be. The first four states are getting ready to hold the election for the GOP nomination. Recent surveys show that Newt Gringrich tops the field by double digits in three of these four states.
Apparently, the tea party movement is contributing a lot of numbers to the support of Newt Gringrich. Interestingly, only half of the people questioned in each of the surveyed states say that their mind had been made up.
This poll found that one-third of the people that are likely to participate in the caucus in Iowa are going to vote for Gingrich. Mitt Romney is thirteen points behind.
On January 3rd, Iowa’s caucuses will start the presidential nomination contest. Exactly one week later on January 10th, the New Hampshire primary will take place as well.
The poll was conducted by ORC International for CNN and Time magazine.
Tonight the Super Committee that was supposed to agree on terms to save $1.2 trillion dollars over 10 years announced that it could not do it. Surprise Surpise!
Obama discussed this at a press conference shortly after this announcement. He said that a main reason that they were not able to do this was because the Republicans could not budget on their tax cuts for the wealthy. That’s weird, Obama blaming something on the Republicans!?
Is this really any surprise though? Our government has become so divided that no one can budget, even when it would benefit the United States. It is important that citizens take time to understand how they can start contributing on a local level to ensure our government makes the necessary changes.
There are numerous stories of stupid and ironic government budget decisions, but the Veteran Affairs department’s conference may take the cake. In January, the VA arranged for a 60 person conference to discuss potential disabled veteran budgetary cuts that would enable them to meet budget requirements. This 11 day conference (which did not reach a firm consensus) racked up a $221,000 bill—enough to provide six 100% disabled veterans with their annual disability compensation. This information is only coming to light now because of the end of the military financial year, which reset Oct. 1, and subsequent budget reporting and adjustments (as a side note, the individual conference expenditures do not have to be reported, just the total conference cost). The previous financial year the VA spent approximately $289 million on meetings and conferences, and is anticipating increasing that amount to almost $400 million for conferences and meetings. Just like January’s. Which cost $221,000. And did nothing.
For an organization dedicated to helping support veterans, the VA really seems to be doing a poor job. I know I could assemble a 60-man team and send them to Arizona for 11 days of accomplishing nothing at under $120,000 easily (Email me to be put on my list). Or better yet, I could host an online teleconference and just order pizza and Chinese takeout for everyone for a fraction of the cost. All of the government’s talk about budget balancing won’t solve the financial and budgetary problems if they are not demonstrating basic financial responsibility themselves. This is what drives us further into debt; talking about the problem instead of solving it.
On Tuesday an advocacy group released a report that took into account data from the past four decades concerning the number of incarcerated youth in that state. The report found that as states would remove juveniles from these facilities because of money concerns, the crime rates would not jump.
“Numerous states have closed facilities or lowered correctional populations, reaping significant savings for taxpayers without any measurable increase in youth crime,” said the report.
There are a lot of people that do not realize that each juvenile that is incarcerated will cost taxpayers an average of $88,000 a child.
Because of this crushing cost there have been many different groups that have come forward with alternatives to jailing the children. There are a lot of different programs out there that have been developed to minimize the recidivism rate of the youth that have found themselves in trouble with the law.
Have a voice with your local jailing system. Investigate other options that your community provides and support the option that you feel is most beneficial for the youth and for your community.