1.The rapid rate of decline in the deficit is because of a reduction in the rate of growth of healthcare costs.
2. The future deficits would be reduced by using policies that are driven by the low healthcare costs and investing in infrastructure, innovation and education that would cause growth in the economy.3. In the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative the president plans to add 100,000 places for early childhood learning .4. Pros of this budget proposal are the investments in education and innovation and that it is fully paid for by closing wasteful loopholes and making common sense spending reforms. Cons of this budget are that maybe something important is being left out. The budget may not actually work out as well as it appears to on paper.
President Obama has chosen to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees because of a lack of congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities. He can only raise the pay or end gender pay disparities for federal contractors. Federal contracting covers about one fourth of the U.S. workforce. Republicans believe that Obama should do more work with Congress and is pushing his executive powers too far. Criticism for the executive order includes that it will increase companies costs. The White House has resisted pressure from gay rights advocates who want Obama to sign an anti-discrimination executive order that would protect gays and lesbians working for federal contractors. The White House wants the House to approve a Senate-passed bill extending those protections to all Americans.
1. The framers of the constitution felt that if presidential elections were held by state assemblies, elections would likely be decided in the House of Representatives. 2. The common strategy to get to 270 is by winning many small, safe states and winning swing states. 3. When none of the candidates receive a majority of the electoral college vote, the president is chosen by the House of Representatives. 4. Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the electoral vote and was elected president. 5. No, I am not satisfied with the current system because we do not directly elect the president and electors do not always vote how their state wants them to.
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, the historical events of this period explain the changes in public opinion because the 9/11 terrorist attacks fundamentally altered many aspects of American life.
2. Yes, these results coincide with my expectations because of the textbook's depiction of American liberalism and conservatism.
3. Public policy changes regarding affordable healthcare, immigration, the economy and abortion would likely be supported by republicans. Public policy changes regarding the environment, poverty and homelessness, and guns would likely be supported by democrats.
4. It means that the poll results are within 4% of what the entire population thinks and it makes the results of the poll seem fairly accurate.
1.The Roberts Court has a very conservative record that has been beneficial for business interests and detrimental to consumers and employees. They cut back on class action lawsuits and favored arbitration.
2. Precedent is making a decision based on prior decisions. In business cases, the court largely reaffirmed its prior decisions. 3. Obama's poor record is due to philosophical differences with the Supreme Court Justices. One strategy that the President could pursue to see greater success in the Court would be to compromise on issues and try to get legislation passed that is more bipartisan. 4. Justice Kennedy is considered the "swing vote" on the court because in some cases he votes liberal and in some he votes conservative. There are four liberals and four conservatives on the Court. 5. Yes, because it describes Chief Justice Roberts and his accomplishments in a positive way. "His patient and methodical approach has allowed him to establish a robustly conservative record."
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.Congressional districts are redrawn by politicians before elections to ensure that their party wins.
2. Gerrymandering helps incumbents in the House of Representatives get reelected.
3. A potential solution to gerrymandering is creating electoral maps based on geography and population. It could decrease an incumbents chance at reelection. If they were reelected it would be fair and not because of gerrymandering.
4. Yes, because the Electoral College elects the president instead of being directly elected by the people and gerrymandering allows politicians to redraw congressional districts to ensure their reelection.
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 in Texas because 46% of Texan Hispanics vote Democratic. This is related to the concept of minority majority because Texas has an increasingly large minority population and the second largest Hispanic population of any state. Nearly 38% of the population of Texas is Hispanic.
2. The trends in party identification within the state of Texas are Hispanics primarily identify as Democrat and Non-Hispanic Whites primarily identify as Republican.
3. Gallup suggests that the current situation is unlikely to result in party realignment in the near future because the voter registration of Texan Hispanics is low. This is related to the concept of political participation because voting is a part of political participation.
4. Interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cell phone respondents and 50% landline respondents with additional minimum quotas by region. Telephone numbers were chosen at random. Landline respondents were chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.
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