Yearly Archives: 2012


This blog was originally posted at: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/12/24/who-preparing-retirement/. These days, planning for retirement is a concern for most Americans.  In the past, many Americans relied on Social Security and company pensions to fund their retirement. Today, Social Security does not pay enough for some people to be comfortable in their retirement, […]

Who is preparing for retirement?


This blog was originally posted at: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/12/17/who-shops-online/. Online shopping grows larger and larger each year. Forrester Research predicts that 167 million consumers in the U.S. will spend $226 billion online in 2012. Consumers shopped online in full force on Black Friday in 2012. ComScore reports that Americans spent $1.04 billion to […]

Who shops online?



This was originally posted at: /http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2012/12/10/how-involved-americans-politics-communities. Many Americans like to communicate with their politicians and participate in organizations to make their voices heard.  This is one of the key freedoms that Americans have – and they continue to take advantage of as much as possible – not only during elections but […]

Are Americans Involved in Politics and their Communities?


This blog was originally posted at: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/12/03/entitlement-beneficiaries-who-are-they-where-do-they-live/. Entitlements have been a key part of political discussions during the course of the presidential election and the “fiscal cliff” debate. Some 55.4 million Americans are receiving Social Security benefits, and 8.1 million receive Supplemental Security Income disability payments. Many Americans use these […]

Entitlement beneficiaries: Who are they and where do they live?



This was originally posted at: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/11/26/where-wealthy-americans-live/. One of the hottest political topics of late has been the upcoming increase in taxes for wealthy Americans starting in January 2013. In particular, income for individuals making $200,000 or more will be subject to an additional tax of 0.9%. Married couples filing jointly and […]

Where do the wealthy Americans live?


This was originally posted at: http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2012/11/19/mapping-changing-population-u-s/. The US population is changing. This had a large effect on the 2012 presidential and other elections and will continue to do so in the future. It is especially important for the Republican party to engage with the minority audience and to understand where […]

The Changing Population of the US



This was originally posted at:http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2012/11/12/the-effect-demographics-presidential-election/. Demographics played a large part in the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. The minority population has changed over the past several years, greatly changing the dynamics of the country, which has a large effect on national politics. In 2000, 12.5% of the population was […]

The Effect of Demographics in the Presidential Election





There has been a lot of talk about PBS and its funding during this year’s presidential race.  Mitt Romney stated during the first presidential debate that if elected he plans to cut funding to PBS.  This was a hot discussion topic as the network, which receives both public and private […]

PBS – Who Contributes?