1.) President Obama increased the federal minimum wage in order to decrease the pay gap between genders, and try to stimulate the economy. 2.) The executive branch doesn't have much control over the economy, so thats a limitation. They have to rely on Congress to expand this minimum wage raise in order for this to really improve the economy. 3.) Some people say he is overstepping his boundaries and not cooperating with an already complicated congressional relationship. 4.) Some people say that raising minimum wage will negatively affect companies because they will have to pay more for products and workers, without an increase in profit. 5) Accepting same-sex marriages and passing LGBT anti-descrimination orders are some things the federal government has yet to act on. 6.) The Obama administration thinks that if he supports the LGBT community by establishing more rights for them, then he will lose support. They are hoping he won't have to make a decision on that topic.
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...
1. What is gerrymandering and how did it get its name?
Gerrymandering is the re-drawing of congressional districts to allow members of Congress to stay in power because of the districts they see-over, which just so happen to agree with their political views.
2. What are some of the characteristics of redrawn districts?
Redrawn districts aren't compact in shape, and often quite abstract-looking.
3. When are House seats reapportioned?
House seats are reapportioned every two years.
4. What is a potential solution to gerrymandering provided in the video?
Maps based on geography and population could prevent gerrymandering taking place.
5. What implications would this have for an incumbents’ future reelection?
Since the incumbents are the ones who are gerrymandering, of course they're going to be able to stay in power no matter what the people think, because they specifically picked who would vote for them.
6. Are there any similarities that can be drawn between potential outcomes with the Electoral College and gerrymandering? If so, describe.
I can only see the outcome of the two practices to be done away with. While the electoral college was established to basically protect people from their own stupidity, information is spread more easily now, and while people may still be stupid, at least they're educated. Theoretically. Gerrymandering is a corrupt practice, and seeing all of those ridiculous districts, I'm honestly baffled that the practice isn't already dead.
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. The only historical event I think would've affected us to this level is the terrorist attack from 9/11, since the poll took place before that in 2001. That probably explains the gained confidence in military support.
2. The Democrats' and Republicans' levels of satisfaction are what I expected. Rebublicans tend to take a different views on gun control laws for instance, and gay and lesbian rights. With a liberal president in the White House, that means there are probably more people with liberal views in the nation, which further explain that satisfaction with social aspects.
3. The people are obviously not happy with the economy at all, with the record low, and healthcare is still up in the air about what people think about the Affordable Healthcare Plan. So, I foresee some changes regarding these.
4. It shouldn't make much difference overall because they took a random sample from cell phone and land lines across the 50 states. Theoretically, the error should be pretty small if at all.
1. The NRA is doing its best to make sure that he doesn't get the position as surgeon general. They are actually appealing to more democrats than usual to vote against him, since he wants bans on assault weapons, mandatory safety training, and a limit on ammo purchasing.
2. The Senators could lose their seats, since a bunch of their own elections are coming up. The greatest concern is getting enough support from the candidate's own democratic party to win.
3. The White House is relying on the floor vote for his confirmation, and pushing back voting until after midterm elections, to gain as much support as possible from the democrats.
4. The White House needs to figure out who to target to vote, because they can't lose more than 6 democratic votes in order for him to gain the position, since Republicans won't really support him. The NRA threatens that the Democratic senators who represent states where the NRA is a main power, will lose power and satisfaction, ultimately costing them their jobs.
The electoral college was created because initially, taking the people's popular vote wouldn't have been too wise. The fathers of the Consitution didn't think people were smart enough to vote wisely for one, but they couldnt have just government officials vote either because they were they elite, and it wouldn't be fair to The People. With the electoral college, the people elect other people to help represent how they might vote.
Safe states are states that are always Republican or Democrat, pretty assuredly. Texas, for instance, always votes Republican. Swing states have the reputation of going either way, so the nominees for office have to concentrate on winning these states over to win the election.
If that happens, the House of Representatives takes a vote.
In 2000, although Al Gore won the popular vote, Bush won the election because of the electoral college votes. This really didn't make the nation happy, since everybody knew the majority voted for Al Gore, he just couldn't win because of the delegates. Florida even demanded an immediate recount. It didn't do the election system much justice.
It's sort of ridiculous that the Unites States is dominated by two parties, and third parties never hardly even have a chance at making a mark, much less winning an election. The world is not black and white, and I believe pluralism would help the people best decide on who they believe should run the country based on a broader view of topics.
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