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With the rise of China and Russia, I wouldn't want them to ever be a threat to the USA
- M. Twain (New York, NY)
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Sam (San Diego, CA): China's too busy spending their money on education, energy and transportation. We spend 3 times as much on the military as China and Russia combined.
North Korea is a threat to world peace.
- Billy Bob (Cambridge, MA)
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Do away with all this defense spending, it is crippling our economy!
- Jon C. (Houston, TX)
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Jordan (Los Angeles, CA): defense budget that is greater than the next 26 countries combined--25 of whom are allies--doesn't seem all that logical.
3 wars without raising taxes. The total military budget has increased by $400 billion since 2000, not including the allocable portion of interest on the debt. We have spent $2.5 trillion in excess of the 2000 annual budget.
- Sam (San Diego, CA)
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Scientific knowledge has a positive effect on economic development.
- Angela Turner (New York, NY)
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Cuts to NASA give other countries an edge
- Danny Stock (Cambridge, MA)
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SpaceX has shown that private sector can take the lead in space tech
- Doug D (Boston, MA)
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NSF projects are funding YouTube rap videos!
- Donna J. (Missoula, MT)
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40% of all students test at below basic math level
- Concerned Citizen (San Francisco, CA)
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Jordan (Los Angels, CA): Poor funding gives poor results. Improve STEM and reinforce reading and critical thinking. Ed. > Incarceration
Record numbers of teachers laid off; hiring more could jumpstart economy
- Paul K. (New York, MA)
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Arguments for decreasing
Federal dept. of education is waste of taxpayer money -- we should abolish it
- Doug D (Boston, MA)
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L (NYC, NY): You have to be kidding me. Education levels inversely correlate to crime levels


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America is falling behind in renewable energy spending. We ranked 6 last year, after China.
- Rock, Flag and Eagle (Oklahoma City, OK)
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Wind energy could save us from any more harmful drilling
- Kim Johnnson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
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Arguments for decreasing
Oil companies already get $2 billion/year in tax breaks
- Daniel Stock (Boston, MA)
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It will add jobs and promote environmentalism
- Alex S. (Boston, MA)
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By 2050 70% of population will live in urban areas, we certainly need to do something about public transportation
- Alex S. (Boston, MA)
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Federal transportation spending is filled with unnecessary pork
- Doug D (Boston, MA)
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Lets learn about what this country needs at a local level with community outreach programs
- Jackie (St. Louis, MO)
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States face huge budget shortfalls due to recession; federal aid to states should be restored until slump is over
- Dan (Cambridge, MA)
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The country today faces another food and farming crisis
- Bernard Shapiro (New York, NY)
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Agriculture funding cuts would hurt small farmers
- Dan S (West Hartford, CT)
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The government is overly involved in the food industry as is
- Al Jaffe (Danvers, MA)
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More needs to be spent on healthcare
- Ali (Cambridge, MA)
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susan (philadelphia, PA): Fix social security -no caps at $110K
Healthcare is broken; would rather govt. spent more on it than on defense
- Ali (Cambridge, MA)
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Ali Almossawi (Cambridge, MA): Good one bro, keep preechin'
Arguments for decreasing
We spend as much on PUBLIC healthcare as a % of GDP as countries that have government-run insurance that covers EVERYONE. We don't need to increase the budget, we need to fix the system. Obamacare doesn't do enough.
- Sam (San Diego, CA)
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Obamacare is unconstitutional
- Doug D (Boston, MA)
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It allowed me to get back on my feet
- WelfareComment (Santa Fe, NM)
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Record number of families depend on food stamps
- Dan (Boston, MA)
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Arguments for decreasing
Welfare system is "hammock that lulls able-bodied people ... into complacency and dependence."
- Dan (Beverly, MA)
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Baby boomer's are retiring in droves. We need social security for them.
- Tony Ravioli (Indianapolis, IN)
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Between 1946 and 1990, we raised the payroll tax rate 30 times. Since 1990, we have raised it 0 times. It's time to increase the payroll tax rate gradually to where Social Security and Medicare are sustainable.
- Sam (San Diego, CA)
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Arguments for decreasing
Most Americans agree that social security should be private
- Rightly Involved (Cambridge, MA)
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