1. A reason for the rapid rate of decline in the deficit is a reduction in the rate of growth of health care costs.
2. The President's proposed budget for 2015 will reduce deficits until they reach 1.6%. The difference is the deficit reduction. Constraining health care costs would allow the government to use the extra money for improving things like infrastructure and beneficial investments.
3. The President's budget aligns with the compromises of Congress by funding for necessary programs like early learning, research programs to look for cures, and manufacturing institutes. This would strengthen both economic and national security.
4. The pros for this argument are that it would benefit the security of the nation. It would strengthen the economy, and having programs that aid the people are very much needed. However, an obvious con that I see is the nationalization of the health care system. Health care should be affordable to everyone, but it shouldn't be mandatory that payment is due if a person decides not to accept it.
Obama has enacted an executive order regarding pay of federal employees because he believes it to be an issue on which Congress does not agree with him. Since, he does not have the support of Congress backing him up, it makes it difficult to be passed and upheld. This goes for executive orders in general.
People who criticize executive orders find it pointless to work against Congress rather than with it. Everything is made more difficult when there is no support. The criticism of this particular case is that it places burdens on the companies and increases their costs.
The White House has chosen not to address gay rights using executive orders. The Obama administration might not want to address this area because it still very much a hot topic, and America is split on this issue. There are many supporters of gay rights, but also just as many are opposed to it. The possibility of losing support from the people is a likely reason the Obama administration has not fully dealt with the issue.
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1. The majority party in each state legislature will redraw districts during elections to make sure that they have more voters for their party in their area.
2. Incumbency is affected by gerrymandering because it makes it even easier for the incumbents to be reelected if they maintain within that party's ideologies.
3. A solution to gerrymandering is a mathematical, geometrical division of equal distribution to the districts. This will make it more difficult for incumbents because it will allow for an equal chance for other opponents to have a fair fight at an election.
4. The Electoral College and gerrymandering are similar because both are used to bend the system to obtain a certain goal. However, it is a little more difficult to do with the Electoral College than with gerrymandering.
5. Just because gerrymandering may cause wins for both parties, it doesn't mean it is justified. It still cheats the system and creates unfair advantages that are one-sided.
1. Based on this article, the media is looking for someone who has the nation's best interest at hand, not always pushing their own agenda. For both parties, it is expected that candidates maintain a good reputation and not be involved in any scandal.
2. Sabato mainly focuses on the major issues and stances that the majority are likely to notice. He provides both advantages and disadvantages to each candidate.
3. Sabato refers to the "permanent presidential campaign" as a means to imply that America will always be a democracy, so there will constantly be elections, taking the entire nation through the same process every four years. This affects the government because the people have expectations about how the government runs, and that we also maintain a democratic style of government.
4. There can be an advantage to being identified as an early leader in the presidential race because it builds up a political reputation. It allows for the people of that party to recognize the ways of a future leader, and it holds the candidate accountable based on the expectations of the people within that party. It also allows the people to see the candidate put into action what he/she believes.
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. Democrats are hopeful to eventually turn Texas blue because of the increasing amount of Texan Hispanics leaning toward the Democratic party. This is connected to minority majority because as Texan Hispanics (the minority) increase in numbers, they will soon outnumber the whites (the majority).
2. In Texas, whites typically lean Republican, while Hispanics are leaning more Democratic.
3. Gallup does not see a political realignment happening due to the lack of representation of the Hispanics in Texas. There are as many Hispanic registered voters as there are white registered voters. This is related to political participation because the more politically active a certain group of people are, the better they will be represented as a whole.
4. To ensure a low sampling error, Gallup used random sampling through phone calls and based their data on different categories like race/ethnicity, demographics, and phone type.
1. In the Roberts court decisions, he has "establish[ed] a robustly conservative record..."
2. Precedent is when the court makes decisions based on earlier court decisions from the past that are of similar circumstances. Roberts has made rulings based on precedent in cases like the Voting Rights Act or those concerning businesses.
3. The Obama administration has difficulty in defending their interests in the Supreme Court because the court is majorly conservative, making it hard for Obama to get legislation passed. In order to see more success, they could make amendments to the proposals so that they have segments that are agreeable to the court. This decreases the chances of having the proposal completely overthrown.
4. Justice Kennedy is considered the "swing vote" because when the court is divided between the four conservatives and the four liberals, it's his vote that breaks the tie.
5. There seem to be a few indications that the article was written with a liberal bias. However, Justice Roberts is given credit for his tactical advancements in shaping the future of American law.
1. Interest groups like the NRA are very influential in policy-making. They're stance on the strong belief of the second amendment has made it likely that a Presidential appointment could be overturned.
2. Senators risk votes in reelections if they stand against the NRA. This concern is greatest for the Democratic candidates because of the uncertainty of the outcome.
3. The President chooses his nominee for a position in office, and the White House may have the right to accept or deny the appointment.
4. The White House could postpone the appointment, or they could outright just vote on the matter if it comes to the floor. The White House learned from recent defeats that this matter needs to be approached differently than the other nominations.
1. The Constitutional basis for the Electoral College was to ensure that an election of the president wasn't solely decided by Congress, but rather a conjoined equal representation by the people and Congress.
2. The common strategy to receive 270 votes is to go for the states that have a lot of electoral votes, such as California, Texas, and Florida. Safe states will always vote for a certain party, so that party's candidate can always rely on their electoral votes. Swing states provide for more campaigning and the opponent could win their votes.
3. If no candidate receives 270 votes, the House of Representatives will elect a president.
4. The 2000 election was controversial because Gore won the popular vote, but not enough of the electoral votes. When it was decide that Bush won, it seemed unfair that Gore didn't become president as the majority of the population voted for.
5. No, I'm not really satisfied with the system. It doesn't make sense or seem fair that that the people are not directly voting for the candidate they choose, but rather voting for someone whom they don't even recognize as being representative of their votes.
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 historical events do explain the changes in public opinion because America itself changed due to such events. These issues led to different reforms and policies that advocated what the people wanted and needed.
2. The results coincide with my expectations because of the fundamental beliefs of each party's view point.There are definitely issues on which liberals and conservatives do not see eye to eye, but there are a couple of instances where the disagreement gap isn't so large.
3. Republicans are most likely to support changes in quality of the environment, gun policies, quality of medical care,policies to reduce or control crime, state of race relations, security from terrorism, and military strength and preparedness. Democrats are likely to support changes in quality of medical care, policies to reduce crime, race relations, security from terrorism, acceptance of homosexuality, healthcare systems, world affairs, military strength and preparedness, immigration, and affordable healthcare.
4. A sampling error of +/- 4% means that the actual percentage number lies between 4 points below and 4 points above the given number. This impacts my interpretation because the difference between Republicans and Democrats may not be as high, nor as low, as is depicted.
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