1.he says primarily, its because healthcare costs so much, it takes a lot of money to just survive nowadays.h
2. It would allow us to invest in things that will pay off long run, like education and stuff
3. Since congress agreed on something, he was able to build off of the discretionary spending for things like early learning programs and grants that serve to help the economy grow.
4. He seems to be giving statistical data that supports his plan and also seems to be working with both parties, the only issue is that he's focusing on a means of economic policy that might clash with classical economist philosophy.
Obama is dealing with one of the least productive Congresses in history, to get congressional support in today's world for any person, regardless of party, is a feat in and of itself. An executive order works better for this purpose because he can go over congress and provide a coherent unified solution.
He risks Congress overturning his EO with a bill, though he has the power to veto they can still overturn that power and make his order moot.
Republicans say that he is not trying to compromise in congress. This is a problem because neither party is being cooperative in the compromising areas of government.
Some say that he has no given power to regulate this particular topic. Mostly the issue is of an Executive Order taking place of an act of congress, it wouldn't be good if the president overstepped his power limits.
Gay rights, legalization of marijuana.
Any area where money and party polarization are concerned is bound to raise some red flags with opposing viewpoints. As he might be entering his lame-duck period, it's questionable as to whether or not he should try to go against congress and be productive or just accept the inefficiency of government.
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.Gerrymandering is the redistricting of a state in order for the majority party to gain more seats in the house of representatives. It got it's name from the combination of Gerry and Salamander; the man who was first accused of unfair redrawing and the shape it looked like.
2. Many are drawn along race lines, but also include thin strips leading to other areas, strange shapes, and lines drawn to keep certain groups out.
3. Every ten years when there's a new census!
4. Using an algorithm might solve the issue, taking into account geography and population.
5. Their party would no longer get to draw the lines, so the vote might be fairer.
6. Totally! If a party has been in power since the last census, they can redraw the districts to reflect their party's presence throughout the United States. Therefore, a redrawn district might give the incumbent more likeminded people in the House and maybe even the pectoral college.
1. I'd say that the media is looking for someone who strongly sticks with their party identification and has a potent enough personality to hold the attention of americans. The parties don't differ too much on either of these topics, as they apply differently to each party.
2. With constant reference to Christie's bridge gate scandal and historical reference used to predict Hilary's run, the actual issues are hardly touched. Moreover, it seems the article is less concerned with policy and more concerned with party loyalty and gallup polls.
3. It means that candidates are always looking to get elected or re-elected, signifying a diminishing factor in policy and a rising importance in public appeal. I fear that government may no longer be focused on helping its citizens, it's begging at their feet for the sweet taste of power.
4. Being identified this early gives a candidate more options and avenues to consider when making campaign moves, the lesser known candidates have a murky situation in that they already have the media going against them. A good start is important to any race, but burning out in the first quarter of the race will leave you in last place; advice for not only candidates but for life.
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. Though white Texans are by far more republican than democrat, hispanics tend to lean solidly to the left. Seeing as they are a growing minority, this has major implications for liberals because they have a chance to regain the state of Texas as the population of Latin Americans grows. Hispanics and other minorities are now more abundant together than caucasians, therefore if the liberals can secure the ethnic vote, they have effectively won Texas.
2. Mostly white people are republicans and the minorities lean democrat. Yet voting citizens in Texas keep the state at a republican majority when it comes to representation.
3. The fact of the matter is, those who are involved in politics are more likely to vote republican. There may be more democrats in the state of Texas, but they are not voting and therefore cannot change the party that represents it.
4. Plenty of polling in order to get a large enough random sample, clear instructions in more than one language so that the poll was not misunderstood, and re-checking data and polling areas in order to secure the accuracy of the poll.
1. The republican party is consistently favored including his decisionsto "declined to do away with affirmative action, gave Congress another shot at salvaging the Voting Rights Act and refused to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage." (NY Times)
.2. Roberts has set the precedent as compromise not with liberal judged but for them so that his party may prevail. He's continued this precedent by constantly contending with other party.
3. The executive branch has certain set checks on the judicial and thepresident could use any of.these.
4. Kennedy, he's the only judge that goes between parties sometimes and the others stick with party lines.
5. Yeah, even though it's a pretty humanistic approach, republicand would argue that it's scathing invective written by the media to cast them in a bad light.
1. Because he believes that guns are in his jurisdiction, and disagrees with the NRA on the issue of citizen gun rights, the NRA and the Republican party want to paint him in a bad light. They are starting a "grassroots" movement by trying to convince members to contact their senators and ask for disapproval of this man.
2. Senators are reminded of the need to represent their constituents, if their people dislike a gun regulation law, yet are democrats, senators are put in a difficult position.
3. His blessing and nomination skew the viewpoints of Democrats by declaring a position on the issue before the party could (however stereotypically) react.
4. The president could be trying to realign his party on an issue he thinks will bring democrats together. He also risks the value of senators and the people no longer trusting him on issues if it doesn't go over well.
You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different ways--and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels.
Dylan Barth's insight:
1. The electoral college is used to represent states in a fair and mostly unbiased way. It was created to keep big and small states balanced. In the simplest way we could, we tried to sort out how presidents might get elected without having a large population of angry citizens.
2. The easiest way to win the election is to focus on states with the largest electoral college cross-examined with the exclusion of safe-states.
3. The house of representatives takes a vote.
4. The fact that Gore won the popular vote and after a month of debate and delay the tension and anticipation culminated in Bush winning really ticked off some people and they brought up the issue of the sometimes ineffective electoral college.
5. Satisfied? No, no one is ever satisfied with government. Content? Sure, I think that if the US is going to base its election process off of the people's votes that they need some safeguards along the way so that there is no problem of factions. And secondly, even if a person of my stature to disagree, I'd more likely than not be able to devise a better system and much less put it into place.
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. Not exactly, the changes that have occurred are less due to a conglomeration of singular events and more so owe their existence to a gradual changing of attitudes over time. 9/11 and the dot-com boom had little to do with any change of opinions; most americans just accepted these things after time passed and went along with their lives.
2. Yes. It's easy to see that the two parties differ the greatest on issues such as gun control, immigration, healthcare and the environment. In general, the parties meet the issues with the same level of dissatisfaction as their party should dictate. Overall, the parties keep closely to their defined lines.
3. Republicans may focus on immigration and healthcare while democrats might focus on guns and the environment. These are their areas with the least contentment and after all, the role of government is to primarily keep the people content. So if the parties can quiet their public, the party that success the most in this will hold office.
4. As with all polls and politics, data and statistics are to be taken with a grain of salt. These polls are pretty accurate, but not entirely. It is very possible that that +- 4% could control the whole nation.
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