What are the reasons OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese gives for the rapid rate of decline in the deficit (debt-GDP ratio)?
The constraining on the healthcare costs due to Medicare and Obama care are contributing to the rapid decline in the deficit.
2. According to Mr. Deese, how would the president's proposed budget for 2015 affect future deficits? Explain.
If the president’s budget were not in place the deficit would be at 3.4% but with the president’s budget it is projected at 1.6%, giving the country more money to work with.
3. How does the president’s budget try to build on Congress’s effort to compromise in the allocation of discretionary spending? Provide a description of at least one component of this initiative.
The president’s budget builds on investment areas such as early learning in which 100,000 new slots would open up, just one component of the initiative.
4. Knowing that you do not have all of the pertinent information to make a fully-informed decision, what do you see as the pros and cons of this budget proposal.
I see the pro in this proposal is that there are many components of the economy that could be invested in such as early learning or research and innovation that would be overall beneficial to our country. The con is that he could allocate more money to pay off debts.
Obama has chosen to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees because it is on his agenda, but Congress has not cooperated so he is sending the executive order. Congress must vote on Obama’s executive order, which will not likely be supported. This is a check and balance between the executive and legislative branch in our government. There is criticism that the president is trying to drive his own agenda through Congress without their support and that he should cooperate with them better. The criticism of this order is that this will put an undue burden on companies and increase their costs. The White House has not chosen to address the executive orders regarding gay rights. The Obama administration might be hesitant to address this area because he wants to prevent redundancy and extend rights regarding federal contractors to all Americans.
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 process of redrawing district lines to ensure an advantage in gaining re-election to office. The name comes from the governor of Massachusetts in the 1800’s, who’s last name was Gerry. The characteristics of redrawn districts vary from state to state, but they are odd shapes that look like things such as spilled coffee or a big salamander. House seats are reapportioned after the federal census every 10 years. The potential solution for gerrymandering in the video is using algorithms to draw geometric boundaries based on population fair to the geography. This could result in less likely re-election for incumbents in future elections because they haven’t picked their district boundaries to their advantage. There is a connection between gerrymandering and Electoral College. The Electoral College votes are apportioned by the same lines as districts formed from gerrymandering, as a result of the census, thus potentially changing the outcome of these elections.
1. Based on this article, an ideal candidate for either party would be someone with a clean record, someone who is somewhat moderate on many issues, is more than likely going to win re-election in their current government positions, and has some experience in political campaigns.
2. To a great extent Sabato is focused on party issues. This article seems to be more concerned with other factors of potential candidates such as their records, their name, and the scandals they have been involved in like Christie's bridge scandal.
3. The permanent presidential campaign means that the job is neverending, There is always responsibility in handling situations, one after another, and even before they are elected president they are permanently on work, being watched by the public eye and trying to build a reputable image.
4. I believe that there is a disadvantage to being an early leader in the presidential race because this puts a spotlight on someone, and their actions are more heavily scrutinized, giving them a better chance of falling victim of media before the election happens.
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.
Democrats are hopeful that for party realignment in Texas because of the growing hispanic population. This is minority majority because the non-hispanic whites have been the majority in the past but that will soon change.
2. Texas is largely republican from trends in the past, and even with the growing hispanic population, the proportion of hispanics who vote democratically is low compared to the national average. Therefore, Texas still has a gap between the two parties but it is closing.
3. Part realignment is not likely to happen in the near future because there is low voter turnout for the hispanic population who holds the power to tilt towards democratic in Texas, so this relates to political participation in relation to voting.
4. There is low sampling error because the sampled population was randomly selected with how the interview happened and it was weighted to account for any unequality in the selection process. THey accounted for age of 18 and older to get their data from the population who can actually vote, not 3 year olds or something.
Conservatives have been consistently favored in Roberts court decisions. For example, in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act Roberts convinced two liberal judges to join his opinion allowing states to not accept the law’s expansions on Medicaid.Precedent is basing decisions off of judicial rulings from past judges on a similar constitutional interpretation of a certain type issue. The court has the precedent of being the “most pro-business court in the modern era” and Roberts court continued this for example by cutting back on class actions and favoring arbitration.The president might pursue appointing judges that are more in line with his own philosophies when the time comes to do so. This is his best shot at seeing success with his own agenda in the courts.Justice Kennedy is the swing vote because there are 4 conservatives and 4 liberals, so his vote usually is valuable on split decisions. He sometimes votes conservative and sometimes liberal, but has leaned conservative more often.I don’t think ther is discernable bias in this article. The author is stating the facts on both sides and presents the big picture clearly.
The NRA is concerned with this nominee because he has voiced support for gun controls such as limitation on ammunition sales and safety training. The NRA is using grass roots methods, sending e-mail alerts to its subscribers to contact their senators and to oppose the nominee that Obama has selected .The senators’ job can be at stake. The senators must respond to the voices of their constituents who, in states such as Alaska, are adamantly opposed to the gun control perspective of Obama’s nominee. A few of the states that have had the greatest concern alongside Alaska are Arkansas and Louisiana, and any other politically active state affected by the NRA’s voice.The president appoints members such as the surgeon general to be voted on by the Senate. The strategy the White House could use is appointing somebody with a little less political beef with big organizations like the NRA. They learned that they need to approach nominations different after being turned down, not receiving full support from even their own party. They should focus more on someone who is more specific to his role without outspoken views on side topics such as gun control.
The constitutional basis for the electoral college was a fair way to elect the president and vice president. They didn’t want popular vote because people could not get accurate information about candidates, and feared election by congress, giving the federal government too much power.The common strategy to get 270 is for candidates to campaign in states, in hope of receiving electoral votes from them when the presidential election comes. Safe states generally vote republicans or democrats election after election, therefore putting emphasis on swing states where the votes could go either way; candidates spend more time in swing states.If neither candidate wins the electoral college vote, the vote is left to the House of Representatives.The 2000 election was a close race between Bush and Al Gore. Gore won the popular vote, but Bush pulled out with the electoral votes to win the presidency. People were upset because it calls into question the will of the people.I’m not satisfied. I’m ticked. If the people vote for a president he should win based on popular vote, that’s what my understanding is of a democracy where we vote and it affects more than the electoral college.
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. Yes with everything that has happened historically since 9/11 the dramatic changes seem to be supported. Democrats are more pleased with many aspects right now as a democratic president is currently in office. Also, the economy suffered a recent recession so it is likely that there is wide dissatisfation with this sector in the government right now.
2. Yes, Democrats are more satisfied with topics that they have progressed in during the recent years and democratic hold in office, while republicans are more satisfied with their advancements in areas they find important.
3. Republicans would focus on improving the economy, limiting the effects of the affordable healthcare act, and even tightening controls on immigration; the democrats would much prefer to increase efforts in helping the environment and policies such as stricter gun laws.
4. In regard to topics with minute changes in public opinon, there could be a sampling error, but the sectors in which there were big changes suggest that there was a big enough change in satisfaction that the results are somewhat accurate.
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