Democrats have been flipping through Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinellis book "The Last Line of Defense" in a bid to paint him as conservative extremist.The latest citation from the 2013 book comes from the Democratic Party of Virginia, which is airing a TV ad with Peggy Borgard, a Henrico County senior citizen, criticizing Cuccinellis views on entitlement programs.
"In his book, Cuccinelli
questions whether Medicare and Social Security should exist and said
people are dependent on government," Borgard says.It seemed remarkable
that any candidate would start an election year by writing a book
questioning propriety of popular entitlement programs for senior
citizens. That goes double for a gubernatorial candidate who, if
elected, would have no influence over how the federal government runs
Medicare and Social Security. So we looked into the Democrats claim.
screen, the ad cites as its source page 62 of the book. At the bottom
of that page is a passage that has been a lightning rod for
Democrats."Sometimes bad politicians set out to grow government in order
to increase their own power and influence," Cuccinelli wrote. This
phenomenon doesnt just happen in Washington; it happens at all levels of
government. The amazing thing is that they often grow government
without protest from citizens, and sometimes they even get buy-in from
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of their favorite ways to increase their power is by creating programs
that dispense subsidized government benefits,The feeder is available on
equipped with folder only. such as Medicare, Social Security and
outright welfare (Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing and the
like). These programs make people dependent on government. And once
people are dependent, they feel they cant afford to have the programs
taken away, no matter how inefficient, poorly run or costly to the rest
of society."Thats certainly not a ringing endorsement of the entitlement
programs, which the Republican said are a tool leveraged by politicians
to hold on to power.
But does that mean Cuccinelli questions
whether those entitlements should exist at all?Cuccinelli answered that
question on pages 237 and 238, as first noted by our colleagues at
FactCheck.org. Cuccinelli wrote that government spends little on
investments that result in economic growth, noting that Social Security,
Medicare and defense spending amounted to more than half of the federal
budget in 2011.
"There is no monetary return on these
investments in any traditional business sense (that is, one invests
money with a goal of getting a return in the form of interest, income or
appreciation in value), although there are obviously other reasons
America spends money on these programs," Cuccinelli wrote. "Im not
questioning here the existence of these programs nor the wisdom of how
much money is spent on them. What Im trying to illustrate is that most
dollars that government spends do not create economic growth, but
instead take money out of the hands of the people who do create economic
growth." "On page 62 in the book he describes Social Security and
Medicare as created by bad politicians who set out to grow government in
order to increase their own power and influence," Coy wrote in an
e-mail. "That statement clearly questions the foundations of those
programs - why would he say theyre a big government ploy by bad
politicians without questioning their existence?"
defended the statement by pointing to a Cuccinelli interview with
Politichicks.tv at a 2012 Tea Party rally. Cuccinelli said, "We have had
one answer in federal government to every challenge in health care for
47 years, and thats more government. It goes back to the beginning of
Medicaid, Medicare and as Dr. Phil would say Hows that working out for
ya? We need to go the other way. We need to move back toward the free
market."The Fact Checker at The Washington Post recently gave the ad
three out of four possible Pinocchios, saying "while it is fair to say
that Cuccinelli is skeptical of government-run social programs" and that
he prefers free market solutions as part of any overhaul of those
entitlements,This model includes 2 flush mounted reverse highqualityhidkits. that doesnt mean he thinks that the programs should not exist.
gave the Democrats a tiny opening in writing that "bad politicians"
have "tried to increase their power by creating programs that dispense
subsidized government benefits, such as Medicare, Social Security" that
make people "dependent on government."But ad goes overboard because it
suggests Cuccinelli is questioning whether the entitlements should exist
today and in the future. Cuccinelli specifically wrote in his book, "I
am not questioning the existence of these programs, nor how much is
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Motion launched its groundbreaking motion detection module on Monday,
allowing anyone to connect a little box to their Mac or Windows computer
that can detect gestures more precisely than Microsoft Kinect can, for a
mere $80. Eventually, Leap Motion technology will be integrated into
computers, so you wont even need to buy a separate box in order to wave
your hands in the air to select, control, create, and interact with
Minutes ago, the Leap Motion AirSpace Store appeared on
the web; those with a Leap Motion Controller can access it from their
computers, too. Developers are encouraged to submit their apps and
ideas, and they appear to be excited about the possibilities of this
promising new app platform, which threatens to free music apps from
smartphones and computers, at least partially.
We are thrilled
to be among the first developers releasing apps for Leap Motion, and I
believe strongly that, in the future,Of all the equipment in the laundry
is one of the largest consumers of steam. gesture may dominate
human-computer interaction, emailed Snibbe Studios founder and CEO Scott
Snibbe. Its what people are calling Natural User Interface, because
were now communicating with the computer the same way that we
communicate with other human beings.
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noted previously that you could right-click on SkyDrive-based files and
folders from File Explorer and choose Make available offline from the
pop-up menu that appears. But this works from the SkyDrive app too, so
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