1. The decrease in the cost of healthcare due to Medicare and Medicaid providing healthcare has allowed the percent of the budget deficit to decrease at historic rates.
2. The president's budget plan would help continue to reduce the budget deficit. Without the president's plan we would end up being at 3. 4% instead of 1.6% (with Obama's plan) budget deficit. This way the United States would be able to invest in other areas where the money is needed.
3. Out of the 56 billion dollars allotted for the budget, half of it would go to defense spending. Democrats are not as huge proponents of defense spending as Republicans. This shows that the president is willing to work with Congress and give up some of the budget and compromise.
4. The budget reduces the percentage of the deficit in the GDP due to the decreased cost of healthcare. However, the new healthcare proposals are being heavily opposed in Congress, so the decline may not happen and cause conflict within Congress. Otherwise, the rest of the budget seemed to be pros to me. The money allotted to education and apprenticeships will allow for the improvement of the nation's youth. The overall proposal seemed positive.
Obama wants equal pay for both genders and people not to be punished for talking about their wages. He is choosing to use an executive order because he is not receiving support from Congress. Obama previously signed an executive order to raise the federal wage of federal contractors. Although this would only affect a small number of people, the White House was hoping that the increase would encourage state and local areas to increase minimum wage as well. The president only has limited control over certain areas of the US. For example, he could only change some employees wages and could only hope that other people would follow suit. The president's actions must be constitutional. The president is being criticized for not working with Congress at all and taking his own initiative. Companies say that is will increase burdens and costs for them. The White House has not addressed far treatment in the work place in regards to sexual orientation. The Obama administration could lose a lot of support within Congress from more conservative Democrats and have even worse relations with Republicans in Congress if they pursued such an order.
Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...
Gerrymandering is the redrawing of district lines to ensure a certain party's candidate win. Aldridge Gerry, a Founding Father, drew a contorted district which is where the name comes from. They load the districts with Republicans/Democrats to ensure that the party's candidate will win that district. Many redrawn districts have ridiculous shapes and are connected by small strips of land. House seats are reapportioned every ten years with the census. Mathematicians using algorithms suggest basing districts off of geography and population. Incumbents may not have as high reelection rates because the districts will vary in opinion and will no longer be loaded to support that one party they come from. The Electoral College and gerrymandering can potentially both have skewed results. In the video, it was mentioned that the Democratic candidates received more votes but due to district lines Republics sent 33 more representatives to the House of Representatives.
1. The media is focused on people without scandals or trouble within their current office. If a potential candidate has a bad reputation, then people are less likely to vote for them. The media is also looking for candidates that are clear about their issues and have a likable personality. People who are not perceived well will definitely not do well in elections because people will write them off. The expectations are pretty much the same for both
2. Sabato is not very focused with the platforms of the candidates. He only mentions Obamacare conflicts for a few of the possible candidates. The main concerns of Sabato are the possible candidates' experience. He is more concerned about how they will handle conflict and the public's perception of them than their actual views.
3. The permanent presidential campaign means the lengthy process of naming a nomination for each party. The process is lengthy and takes months to get a nomination for the party. If possible candidates are already in an office, they make slack off on their duties to focus on the race. This could cause problems within the government.
4. Yes there is an advantage. If candidates are picked as an early favorite, the public will be influenced to pick them because they are hearing positive things about that candidate. The media definitely has an influence on the public. If a candidate is written of by the media, these opinions may transfer to the public as well.
Texas remains a Republican-leaning state because its white residents are becoming increasingly Republican and its large Hispanic population, though solidly Democratic, is less so than Hispanics nationally.
1. There is a growing population of Hispanics in Texas. Hispanics typically lean toward voting Democratic. Hispanics are becoming an increasing percentage of the population in the South, specifically Texas. In some areas, they are primarily Hispanic. This shows that minorities are slowing increasing and that they are beginning to have a bigger influence then once perceived.
2. Hispanics and African Americans typically lean towards Democratic, however in Texas, they are more likely to vote Republican than anywhere else. Also, Whites in Texas are more likely to vote Republican.
3. Gallup suggests that the party realignment will not happen because of the lack of participation in politics by the Hispanic population. Even though this minority could possibly help sway the vote in the future, the staggering lack of result by the people is an obstacle. This relates to political participation by showing that if people do not participate in politics it makes a difference than if they actually would.
4. Gallup randomly sampled people by calling phones. They spoke in English and Spanish, depending on the person's needs, to not skew the results. Only people 18 and older were sampled. This was to ensure that the people were of voting age and not giving misleading information. Population densities and question wording were taken into account when conducting the survey.
1. Conservatives have been favored consistently. This has been proven through the courts pro-business court rulings because Conservatives are for big businesses. "In lower-profile cases, the court’s rulings continued to be good for business interests and bad for the Obama administration."
2. The court has set a precedent of being very pro-business. The court has not made any new laws, it has simply reinforced its former decisions.
3. The President needs to meet with his liberal judges and try to get compromises with the Conservative judges in court decisions. This way the President could try and get more desirable decisions passed.
4. Justice Kennedy is because there are four conservatives and four liberals on the Supreme Court. He is the swing vote because he will be the tie breaker between the votes being split down the middle,
5. There is no discernible bias in this article. The article simply presents the facts about the court and nothing else. The article does not swing either way.
1. The NRA is using grassroots strategies and emailing people to tell their senators to vote "no" against the bill. The NRA does not want restrictions on guns. They do not want ammunition limits or bans popular semiautomatic weapons.
2. Democratic senators in conservative states need a good rating from the NRA or it could possible cost them a close election. The senators have to vote with what their constituents want otherwise they will not be reelected.
3. The President chooses the nominee. The White House, the President's staff, tries to rally votes and keep track of how many they need to get the nomination through.
4. The White House could use their influence and try to persuade Senators to vote for the nominee. The president could use public opinion, offer privileges, and threaten with vetoes of other bills to encourage influence (even though these options could cause tension). From the last nominations, the White House realized they needed to rework their strategy with the Senate floor. They delayed the vote until after midterm elections and worked with Democrats for more support.
1. The basis for the Electoral College was a compromise so not too much power was in one place. They didn't want direct election of president by Congress because that would give too much power to the government, but information and news was not readily available like it is today. Therefore, the Electoral College was a group of educated people from each state to elect the president.
2. Candidates typically focus on states with larger populations because they hold more votes and it is a winner-take-all system (except Maine and Nebraska). Safe states are states that consistently vote for one party. Candidates don't need to focus on them as much because they are reliable. Swing states switch from Republican to Democratic each election cycle. It is hard to predict which way those states will swing. Therefore, candidates spend more time campaigning in swing states because there is no guarantee which way the vote will go there.
3. The House of Representatives must choose. The delegates in the House cast a vote for one of the top three candidates in the campaign for president. The majority wins.
4. Al Gore won the popular vote, but he didn't win enough states with larger populations to get enough Electoral College votes to get a majority of 270. His opponent, Bush, lost the popular vote, but he won states with larger populations, so therefore he won the presidency because he had the majority of Electoral College votes. There was argument that this outcome did not represent what the people wanted because it was not the popular vote.
5. No. The Electoral College is outdated. It made sense for the Founding Fathers to put it in place back in their times. However, now it can stand in the way of the people's wants (like in 2000). I think that the people are perfectly capable of voting and the popular vote should decide the presidency. It isn't right that states with larger populations have a winner-take-all system because more people could have voted the opposite than the whole population of a small state than the winner but it doesn't show in the majority of Electoral College votes. I think the Electoral College should be done away with. The popular vote is sufficient enough.
More Americans today are satisfied with where the nation stands on acceptance of gays and lesbians, federal taxes, and healthcare availability than were satisfied in 2001. But Americans' satisfaction with the economy has declined.
1. January 2001 is the baseline for the data. This is what all the other years are compared to. This is why this thirteen year period why chosen; the first set of data is being compared to the most recent. Events such as the 9/11 attacks, wars, political party switches in the White House, and technological advances have affected American satisfaction. An event as massive as 9/11 would definitely affect American satisfaction rates. This attack caused wars and therefore a deficit and changed America's position in the world which dropped America's satisfaction with the government.
2. Yes, for the most part. Many issue the Democrats and Republicans satisfaction rates are very similar on, which is expected. However, on issues such as abortion and military they differ drastically. Republicans are not very satisfied with abortion laws. This is because Republicans are conservative and are in favor of strict abortion laws or even outlawing abortion. Republicans are also not very satisfied with the nation's military strength and preparedness. This is because Republicans favor more military spending and they would most likely want to focus on that rather than other things.
3. Democrats would most likely support stricter gun laws, pro-choice laws, legalizing gay marriage, and laws protecting the environment. Republicans would most likely favor laws to favor military spending, stricter abortion laws, and laws to boost the nation's economy.
4. This means that the actual percentage of satisfied Americans is within 4% of the numbers reported. This does not affect my reading of the information. Gallup ensures that all data is as accurate as possible. However, is the number was larger, the data may not be as reliable. You just need to read the data knowing that there is error because they are not able to sample everyone in the US.
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