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Entitlement programs.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Entitlement programs were not originsted, planned and instituted by people in need of help. Entitlement programs are the product of socially responsible powerful people that recognize the difference in people's ability to provide for themselves. Some people need direction and others don't. Entitlements are purposeful in that they recognize the inability for the country to fully employ all people with complete living providing jobs. The Republicans blame people for their own circumstances and think entitlements are unearned undeserved gifts. The DNC has gone in that direction starting with Bill Clinton continuing through Barrack Obama. Originally providing entitlements for segments with short comings the attitude now is if those people need help they should be out campaigning and voting for help. This is a sorry lame excuse for not helping people that need help. The ultimate greed is giving the help money to the segment that should have provided businesses and industries that offered living wages and benefits. That segment has manipulated the government and laws to the extent that jobs producing capital has shifted to nonproductive investments. Violating the purpose of country and economy.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Things are going to get worse too. With all the brick and mortar stores closing, there are only distribution center jobs, which are not located in every area of the country. Amazon's purchase of whole foods is going to put a lot of people out in the cold, as is Sears which announced that they're closing an additional 20 stores on top of the 200+ stores they're closing. Hardest hit by these closures will be teens looking for work who are trying to pay for their college and expenses between semesters, and job seekers who are in college looking for supplemental income.

    And still, the Federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour, those making that little bit of money need to work 2 jobs or more to survive.

    Speaker Ryan used his deceased father's social security to help pay for his college, and he and other GOP members have been trying to gut all of these social programs. When people can't get enough to provide for themselves or their families, they might be going to the polls and voting for democrats next time. But these kinds of people need to feel a deeper pinch in the pocketbook before it dawns on them that they voted for the wrong party. Some are already revolting at GOP town hall meetings when the Trump voters found out their Medicare and Medicaid are going to be gutting. It's like look up, look down, look at my thumb, gee you're dumb with some voters.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    It is in the national interest to have a happy healthy citizenry. It is entirely possible by energizing the jobs producing economy. Start by undoing the Commodities Futures Modernization Act. Then follow that with a tax code that rewards job producing investments and penalized low velocity money stagnating investments. There is a future and the country needs to move in that direction with a growth attitude and not an end of business attitude.

  • Democrat
    Julian, CA
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    America could create millions of good paying jobs if its government would support renewable energy projects and research all over the country and millions of more good paying jobs by encouraging investments in rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure instead of wasting trillions of dollars demolishing 7 other countries, slaughtering 10's if thousands of innocent human beings and these activities are called war crimes and also creating millions of refugees and until these horrible war crimes cease the U.S. Government will be a senseless warmongering, lawless nation despised by the other free nations of the world.