Social Issues

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Tea Party/Republican's 2012 Presidential Election Insidious Maneuvers Underway

The Presidential Election Campaign Season is "just around the corner" and Republicans and Tea Party are wasting no time in setting the stage. The fact they don't have their constituents' best interests in mind is quite evident with the bills and shenanigans they pull in Congress. But this is no mistake, they are adept at diversion.

Take the diversions of real issues for instance. We Americans are hungry for jobs and were promised relief of high unemployment by the incoming Republicans and Tea Party in this past election. Even Republican John Boehner asked/asks, "Where are the jobs?" in regards to any policy the current administration passed/passes, as if Obama was ignoring the matter altogether. But now after gaining control of the House and expanding power in the Senate, Republicans and the Tea Party have given a number of social and cultural issues, completely unrelated to job creation, center stage.

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Kaplan University & The Washington Post Fleece Low-Income Students

The last institution that a student thinks is out to completely screw over is the college or university he/she is attending. Well at Kaplan University Online, they do just that. Government reports of this "for-profit" college owned by The Washington Post Company (yes, they own The Washington Post newspaper) uncovered "deceptive practices at 16 out of 16 colleges investigated". Washington Post chairman Donald Graham denies all wrong doings while continuing to spend huge dollars to fight government regulations.

Shannon Croteau was 11 classes away from a degree from Kaplan University Online when she learned she was out of financial aid, owed $30,000 and that the degree would be worthless in her state of New Hampshire.

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Maine Governor LePage Budget Favors Wealthy

Governor Paul LePage promised to defend “the traditional Maine values that have created strong communities and strong families across the state.” He also pledged to enact “new ideas to get Maine working.”

Well unless the traditional values of Maine are to take from the middle class and poor to give to the wealthiest residents- I think LePage has epically failed. In his budget that was released February 28, the governor has unveiled a slew of tax cuts, cutbacks in public services, and the gutting of public employee benefits and pensions.

Included in the budget is a provision that would raise the retirement age of public workers from 62 to 65, cut Maine’s prescription drug and health coverage for working parents program, end $400 of property tax relief for more than 75,000 middle-income Maine households, and freeze cost of living adjustments for state employee retirees — which already provides a meager average pension of only $18,500 per year.

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