*Aristotle* Reacting to a Written Argument : Responding to a Classmate’s Argument




Joy M. Parker



English II



Professor Karen Price









Reacting to a Written Argument Part 3:

Writing Your Own Argument



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     The argument that is presented in this article is basically about the government and how it spends, spends, spends and not helping America . Based on this article written by John Stossel it states that “ The Government continues to threaten our future by printing gobs of money and guaranteeing trillions in loans to banks, homeowners, students and other politically connected groups.” (Stossel. J) This is neither right nor wrong based on morality. The government tries to protect the people from things so us as a whole don’t see what is going on we just hear. It is there job to make decisions for the American people just for the simple fact that we only know so much. Not saying everything they do is accurate and correct, but it ultimately benefits America.



     The reason I disagree with this article is because according to John Stossel the government is just wasting our money: Friveristly spending. That is not accurate. They take certain to steps to try to make America better, but no one see’s that. True! you don’t know where your tax dollars are going, but with all these new health care systems for low income people and things like section 8 and food stamps, that is what is helping America to succeed. You have those people who don’t think about this stuff and are just angry because they make 50 million dollars a year and have to pay taxes on it. But what about the single mother with 4 kids or the single father trying to provide, that’s what is helping them to get to the next level of life.


     Fox news reported “This year, the federal government will spend $890,000 on service fees for bank funds that have $0 balances. In 2012, taxpayers were on the hook for $2 million. The government could close the accounts and save the money, but no one has done the paperwork.” (April 27, 2013) My question is what paper work needs to be done. How do they know that is accurate and where the money is going. They are trying to accommodate the rich and the poor the best way they can. Don’t get me wrong, I do think there is more that can be done, but it takes time. It’s the baby steps that will allow America to prosper and remain a great country. According to Paul Krugman with the New York Times “ there are two things you need to know about it. First, it’s temporary, and already fading out fast. Second, a large part of the stimulus “spending” was actually aid to state and local governments intended not to expand spending but to avert a fall (Krugman. P).  Meaning the spending is not all in vain, its going to help us in the long run.


     Sometimes people in America need to sit back and realize everything can’t be done over night. Whether thinking the government is taking all our money or not, they are trying to help. There is always going to be someone that is unhappy with whatever goes on, it can’t accommodate everyone, but they do try. Patience is a virtue, and it’s going to take just that much to see the final outcome of what can be done.






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Krugman. Paul (29, July 2011) The Conscience of a Liberal: The Truth About Federal     

                 Spending. Retrieved from http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/the-




Fox News.com (27, April 2013) Government spends thousands of taxpayer dollars on    

                 absolutely nothing. Retrieved from




Weisburg. Amy (3, April 2013) A Little Investment For A Big Future

                  Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-weisberg/california-