The reason for rapid rate of decline in the deficit is we are experiencing a historic growth in the reduction of the healthcare cost. Obama’s method of having Medicare and Medicaid cheap causes a bigger deficit.
According to Mr. Deese, the president’s proposed budget for 2015 would affect future deficits by having money be invested into infrastructure, education, and innovation to allow the economy to grow.
The president’s budget tries to build on Congress’ effort to compromise in the allocation of discretionary spending by spending more on subjects like education; he thinks it will help the economy grow by adding 100,000 more slots for early education for kids around the country.
The pros of this budget proposal will be very beneficial to the public because of all the investments going towards education and it reduces the deficit. Also, our economic and national securities will both be strengthened by this budget. However, the cons of this budget are that some people may not agree with it due to the healthcare part and the government may not have the ability to remove all of the loopholes in the economy.
President Obama chose to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees to close a pay gap between men and women. Also, because the policies of federal contractors don't have the necessary congressional support. The limitations on Obama's executive orders is that Congress will not support them if they are declared unlawful. The criticism is that Obama is pushing his executive powers too far and should do more to work with Congress. The White House has chosen not to address the executive orders that involve anti-discrimination that would protect gays and lesbians working for federal contractors. The Obama administration might be hesitant to address this because Obama is hoping that the House approves a Senate-passed bill that extends those protections 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 legislative process by which the majority party in each state legislature redraws congressional districts to ensure the maximum number of seats for its candidate. It got its name from a founding father, named Elbridge Gerry in 1812; he was the first to redraw his district in an unordinary shape. Some of the characteristics of the redrawn districts are that they all have unusual shapes to them, and they are made to only benefit a candidate. House seats are reapportioned when the population changes. The solution the video suggested is to create districts based on geography and population. Incumbents will have a harder time being reelected, because they will not have the benefit of having the maximum number of seats for their elections. Yes, there can be similarities drawn between potential outcomes with the electoral college and gerrymandering. For instance, districts can be redrawn based on the possibilities of the electoral colleges' voting outcome.
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 of this 13 year time period does change the public opinion in the economy and its policies. For instance, the event of 9/11 has made Americans less satisfied with the economy and how the U.S. plays a role in world affairs.
2.) Yes, the Democrats' and Republicans' levels of satisfaction coincide with what the textbook says. The Democrats are more satisfied with the military and national security issues than the Republicans, while the Republicans are more satisfied with the gun policy issue.
3.) Democrats are most likely to support policy changes to gun control and the environment and Republicans are more likely to support the policy changes that have to do with abortions, immigration, and the state of the nation's economy.
4.) The 4% sampling error means that some of this information could be incorrect, however 4% is insignificant for others to change their opinions about this information.
1. Conservatives have been favored in Robert’s court decisions. For instance, Roberts persuaded two liberals to join the part of his opinion allowing states to opt out of the law’s expansion of Medicaid.
2. Precedent is using earlier court rulings to make a decision on current ones. Robert’s courts has made rulings based on precedents by using the “most pro-business court in the modern era.” With it, he cut back on class actions.
3. The president might change the public’s mind in order to influence the Supreme Court for greater success.
4. Justice Kennedy is considered as the “swing court” because he is very moderate. He has four liberals and four conservatives, therefore his vote is great with split decisions.
5. There is no bias in this article, because most of the information given by the author came from factual evidence.
1) The NRA exercises its influence by emailing people to not vote against the bill. The NRA's concerns with the specific nominee is Dr. Murphy believes in stricter gun laws, and he is all for gun control. The NRA is in opposition with him on the gun topic. 2) The senators are worried that they will have less approval of the NRA if they vote "yes." That will cause them to have less supporters as well. Their greatest concern is in Alaska, Louisiana, and Arkansas. 3) The President/White House plays a role in the confirmation process by the president suggesting the appointment. 4) The White House can change the NRA's views and not make so much of an impact on the appointment. Instead, they should pass laws to balance out the support of the opposition party. Otherwise, the White House could lose their public support. The White House learned that they could lose support from the Republicans if the nominations are not confirmed in the future.
1). The media is looking for a candidate who is popular with the people and has experience in the office whether they are Democratic or Republican. They also do not want candidates who have any background information that could be a disadvantage to them in the future; for instance, anyone who was once involved in a scandal.
2.) Sabato is not highly concerned with the candidates’ platforms because he focuses mostly on their popularity and how they can win.
3.) The “permanent presidential campaign,” that Sabato referred to, is the ongoing process for a candidate to be able to run for office. This process can take up to years. This shows that the government is more concerned with what the candidates’ campaigns are rather than their resolutions to public issues.
4.) Yes, I do think there is an advantage to being identified as an early leader in the presidential race, because it gives the people time to become familiar with the candidate. Therefore, the candidate will gain more support from the public.
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 of a party realignment so Texas can move out of its "red state" category and into a more competitive position. It would also give the Democrats an advantage since the Texans Hispanics are mostly Democrats. This is related to the minority majority concept because 38% of Texans are Hispanics yet their political population percentage is not high.
2.) The trends of the party identification are that most Hispanics are less likely to be Democrats than U.S Hispanics. Also Texas Whites are more likely to be Republicans than U.S. Whites.
3.) Gallup suggested that a party realignment is unlikely to happen because most of the Texas Hispanics are not political participants and 38% of the state is Hispanics.
4.) The samples included cell phone and landline respondents with additional minimum quotas and the numbers were chosen at random to ensure low sampling error.
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