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July 21, 2012
I am still wondering why we spend taxpayer money on government-run health care, free contraceptives and the like while we lack qualified teachers. The key to independence from government programs is a good education. We have a fresh crop of newly graduated teachers in Maryland with new ideas and techniques that will help our students succeed without government handouts. Yet there are no teaching positions. Baltimore County has 2,000 applicants for 30 positions, and I'm rounding the numbers.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union and some advocacy groups urged the City Council on Thursday to scrap a tough youth curfew bill and instead implement a plan that calls for more social programs for young people. But Councilman Brandon Scott, lead sponsor of the curfew bill, said the critics misunderstand the legislation and waited too long to get involved. "If they were so concerned about this, why haven't they made these suggestions before?" he asked. Scott said he expects the council to give final approval to the bill Monday.
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NEWS
July 31, 2013
Regarding your recent editorial on the economy, the national debt may not have the importance attributed to it ( "Economic déjà vu," July 26). It may be just a device used by the GOP to cut social programs. The Republicans' solution to the debt is tax cuts for the wealthy, which they claim will generate jobs. That hasn't happened. President Obama has proposed revamping U.S. infrastructure as part of a massive jobs program. This hasn't happened either, largely because of Republican opposition.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
It is time to decriminalize marijuana in Maryland ( "Senate panel advances new medical marijuana plan," March 25). Possession of under 10 grams of marijuana should not put a person in jail and give them a criminal record that can dog them the rest of their lives. The League of Women Voters of Maryland supports the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana, making it a civil offense that would result in a fine. It is in the state's economic interest to decriminalize marijuana as prosecution and incarceration of minor offenders is a multimillion dollar expense for Maryland.
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By Tom Teepen | May 20, 1998
Back in the Cold War, it was guns or butter. We got guns. Here in the culture war, it's highways or butter. We get highways.Congress, which pretty much means its Republicans since this is their show, is scrambling to find ways to pay for an epic cement-pouring bill. The Senate wants to spend $214 billion over six years; the House, $217 billion.Highways for homiesOur senators and representatives are the Jackson Pollocks of asphalt, action-painting the map by flinging out a freeway here, dripping a connector there, splashing a highway to nowhere for Senator Wastrel's homies.
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By Gadi Dechter | February 14, 2011
And now for something completely different: an exotic financial instrument designed to help vulnerable Americans — not drive them into foreclosure. Today, the White House plans to ask Congress for permission to conduct a $100 million test of "social impact bonds," a promising, experimental investment scheme out of England designed to get better results from publicly funded social services by harnessing the discipline of the private market. Under a social impact bond arrangement, investors put up the money to run privately managed social programs.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
Small business owners on the Eastern Shore, especially Ocean City , may not be able to afford to pay an employee more than $8.25 per hour. And we are not alone; many small towns in Maryland have Mom and Pop businesses. In Ocean City , we have a four-month season, and after that business owners are forced to live off our savings and meager profit from the summer. Many businesses here close after Oct. 1 and have a zero revenue stream until April. Many people that live here year-round are placed on unemployment in the winter.
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By Peter Honey and Peter Honey,Washington Bureau | May 7, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Drawing on public outrage over the Rodney King verdict and the race riots that followed, minority leaders from around the country pledged yesterday to take to the streets in a campaign for racial equality and increased social spending."
NEWS
September 27, 1991
"There are no options but bad options," said state Treasurer Lucille Maurer of the painful decisions Gov. William Donald Schaefer is about to make in cutting $450 million from the state's current budget to balance the government's books. There will be layoffs, major cuts in social programs and big reductions in aid to schools, colleges and libraries. Even worse, far larger cuts may have to be made in social programs to eliminate an $800 million deficit next year.Yet the state of Maryland is trapped in a vicious cycle.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 6, 1996
WASHINGTON -- With the temporary spending authority for scores of federal agencies scheduled to expire next week, Republicans in Congress offered yesterday to pass a budget for the rest of the 1996 fiscal year and to increase spending on social programs by $4.5 billion -- if the White House would agree to a deficit-cutting deal.But the administration continued to press for an additional $8 billion in spending and none of the political strings that Republicans wanted. President Clinton and several of his senior Cabinet members spent the day arguing this case before an array of audiences.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
Small business owners on the Eastern Shore, especially Ocean City , may not be able to afford to pay an employee more than $8.25 per hour. And we are not alone; many small towns in Maryland have Mom and Pop businesses. In Ocean City , we have a four-month season, and after that business owners are forced to live off our savings and meager profit from the summer. Many businesses here close after Oct. 1 and have a zero revenue stream until April. Many people that live here year-round are placed on unemployment in the winter.
NEWS
December 24, 2013
A reader recently expressed concern over the federal deficit and faults the Democrats for failing to come to grips with entitlements ("Republicans aren't to blame for Washington gridlock," Dec. 20). He describes the state of our federal budget as a free fall into bankruptcy. In my opinion, these views are sheer nonsense. If our economy were threatened, interests rates would be sky high and investors and foreign governments would be dumping our treasury notes. Instead, interest rates are at record low levels and investors worldwide are clambering to buy U.S. government securities.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
Regarding your recent editorial on the economy, the national debt may not have the importance attributed to it ( "Economic déjà vu," July 26). It may be just a device used by the GOP to cut social programs. The Republicans' solution to the debt is tax cuts for the wealthy, which they claim will generate jobs. That hasn't happened. President Obama has proposed revamping U.S. infrastructure as part of a massive jobs program. This hasn't happened either, largely because of Republican opposition.
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By Vann R. Ellison | July 9, 2013
Can government solve the problem of poverty in America? It is a question worth asking because partisan politics is eroding the federal government's lead role in developing the social welfare policies that have defined much of the country's domestic agenda since the 20th century. Witness the collapse of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives last month due to partisan acrimony over its largest spending component, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
I recently read the article, "President talks economy, jobs in Baltimore" (May 18). In one of the last paragraphs, Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, is quoted as describing President Barack Obama's visit to Baltimore as "another photo op on a campaign-style tour. " He said that "the president talks a good game but … he never walks the walk. " To an extent, Mr. Harris is absolutely correct. If President Obama is to sharpen his approval ratings, especially after the IRS fiasco this past week, it would be ideal to push legislation to revive his old "fight for the middle class" campaign he started all the way back in 2008.
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By Stephen H. Morgan | March 27, 2013
When economic times are tough and the daily headlines remind us of our nation's deficit challenge, it's easy to use misinformation and anecdotes of abuse to demonize certain entitlement programs. Unfortunately, this has the unintended effect of stereotyping whole groups of people as lazy, unmotivated or, worse yet, committing intentional fraud. First, it was those living on the edge of poverty and relying on Medicaid for health care and other critical support services who took the hit. Now it's the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
NEWS
August 16, 2012
Regarding your editorial on the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, the question of vision you raise can be restated in terms of whether government has become too large and pervasive in the lives of average citizens ("With Paul Ryan, Romney bets on the wrong vision for American," Aug. 11). Certainly the escalating deficit has been in part the result of big government spending on social programs which, while beneficial to many, we simply cannot afford anymore.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
I recently read the article, "President talks economy, jobs in Baltimore" (May 18). In one of the last paragraphs, Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, is quoted as describing President Barack Obama's visit to Baltimore as "another photo op on a campaign-style tour. " He said that "the president talks a good game but … he never walks the walk. " To an extent, Mr. Harris is absolutely correct. If President Obama is to sharpen his approval ratings, especially after the IRS fiasco this past week, it would be ideal to push legislation to revive his old "fight for the middle class" campaign he started all the way back in 2008.
NEWS
By Alan Guttman | March 5, 2013
Now that sequestration is upon us, our nation's leaders continue to debate which federal programs provide the best bang for the buck. When they ask how effective Head Start is, many legislators have cited the Head Start Impact Study. It concludes that although Head Start consistently closes the achievement gap and prepares many of America's poorest and neediest children for kindergarten, by third grade most children across the nation outperform and outscore children who attend Head Start.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | January 28, 2013
As the second Obama term gets underway, much is being said and written about the president finally emerging as a tougher, stronger Democrat in the liberal mold of past party greats. His second inaugural address pressed Republicans in Congress to accept a broader, more aggressive package of social programs and reforms than he embraced in his first term. Standing at his side, even more visibly during the second inaugural festivities than before, has been Vice President Joe Biden, not merely in ceremonial roles but as a key supporting player in Mr. Obama's most prominent second-term initiatives.
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