1. What are the reasons OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese gives for the rapid rate of decline in the deficit (debt-GDP ratio)?
The economy has been growing, the job sector too. 8.5 million jobs at least, apparently. 2. According to Mr. Deese, how would the president's proposed budget for 2015 affect future deficits? Explain.
It would decrease future deficits by allowing for infrastructure and education growth, leading to a better educated workforce for a better economic future. (conjecture) 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 plan covers a lot of bases (areas of the economy) that would probably please members of both parties in Congress. The spending also allows for future growth and paves the way for it. 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'm pretty OK with this proposed idea, but the "promise zone" thing sounds a bit odd to be honest. What's a promise zone? What qualifies it to be one? It sounds like political speech that's intentionally leading like "The Patriot Act". Depending on what spin is on this, the "promise zones" could be a vague name for a much more specific thing. I like the early education idea. That's a good one.
1. Who/what has been consistently favored in Roberts court decisions? Cite evidence to support your answer.
The Roberts Court has favored conservative views, with the exception being the decision of Constitutionality concerning Obamacare. The Roberts Court is also regarded as a pro-business court.
2. What is precedent and in what ways has the Roberts court largely made rulings based on precedent?
Precedent is the example of past leaders or in this case court justices. The Roberts Court has made no new laws concerning business and workplace regulatios, only upheld the existing ones.
3. Why does the Obama administration have an overall poor record in defending their interest in the Supreme Court? What strategy(ies) might the President pursue to see greater success in the Court?
The Obama administration has had a poor record because of the ideolgical differences between the liberal administration and the conservative-leaning court. The administration could try more conservative tactics to sway the court decisions.
4. Which Justice is considered the “swing vote” on the court and why?
Justice Kennedy, because a) he is most frequently in the majority and b) he could realistically vote either liberal or conservative.
5. Is there discernible bias in the way this article was written? Why, or why not?
I believe there is some bias towards liberalism with the slight criticism of the Roberts Court's consistently conservative decisions.
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. Who redraws congressional districts, when, and with what purpose(s) in mind? The party in power can reorder congressional districts to either maximize support for their candidate by creating majority support in the new districts, or minimize support for their opponent by removing the other party's majority by scattering the populations.
2. How does gerrymandering impact incumbency in the House of Representatives? Depending on the gerrymandering strategy, the districts could be reorganized to either sink or reelect the incumbent, depending on what party is in power and the way the population has changed. 3. What potential solution to gerrymandering is provided in the video? What implications would this have for an incumbents’ future reelection? I am unsure because the video didn't work. There was no sound. But, I researched a solution to gerrymandering and found that a popular idea set forward is straight-up proportional representation. Instead of misrepresented districts, you have PR districts that are immune to gerrymandering. 4. Are there any similarities that can be drawn between potential outcomes with the Electoral College and gerrymandering? If so, describe. Yes. The popular vote and the electoral vote issue parallels with that of the misrepresented population in that not everyone is represented proportionally. 5. Does the fact that gerrymandering sometimes benefits Democrats and sometimes benefits Republicans make it justified? No. It's still misrepresentation of the people. Regardless of who does it, it's wrong.
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.
The article explains why Gallup chose a 13-year comparison. Do the historical events of this period explain the changes in public opinion? Why or why not?
-Yes, because of the political decisions, development of the war in the Middle East, and various economic events, public opinion will undoubtably have changed.
2. Examine the chart comparing Democrats' and Republicans' levels of satisfaction. Do these results coincide with your expectations (based on the textbooks' depiction of American liberalism and conservatism)? Why or why not?
-Yes, because they are consistently aligned with the conservative/liberal desires for authority versus personal liberties as well as the rapidity in the rate of change.
3. Based on these results, which public policy changes are likely to be supported by each party?
-Republicans will support more traditionalist policies, ones that promote slow or no change unless there is a glaring illegality or miscarriage of justice. Democrats are more likely to promote the more controversial and quick policy changes that have an inclination towards immediate innovation.
4. The sampling error for this poll is +/- 4%. What does this mean, and how might it impact your interpretation of the data presented?
-Give or take 4%, there is error in the polling statistics. 4% is a very small error, but it means some groups may have been misrepresented marginally or less marginally than they appear. This means you should take the information with a grain of salt. Not all the numbers are completely accurate, but nor are they too far off the mark.
Why has President Obama chosen to enact an executive order regarding pay of federal employees? The president can have an impact over the part of the economy he directly controls. This move looks good and can have an impact with federal contractors in the broader economy.
What are the limitations on Obama’s executive order and executive orders in general? Executive orders apply pretty much only to sectors the president has direct control over, like the bureaucracy and the military.
What criticism is being levied against presidents’ use of executive orders? What is the criticism of this specific executive order? The criticism is that the order will effect very few people and that it's really just an example more than anything. There's no pressure for non-federal contractors to follow suit.
What policy area has the White House chosen not to address with executive orders? Why might the Obama administration be hesitant to address this area? The White House has not made an executive order regarding the protection of gays and lesbians in the federal bureaucracy, because it hopes to get a law passed that would cover this topic nationwide.
1. How is an interest group (the NRA) exercising its influence on this appointment? What are the NRA’s specific concerns with this nominee? They are addressing their members and requesting that they tell their senators to vote down this guy. The NRA doesn't like his anti-gun views. 2. What is at stake for Senators, and where is the concern greatest? The concern is reelection, mostly in Democratic states, because their constituents are dissatisfied with recent political developments. 3. How does the President/White House play a role in the confirmation process? Well, the president selects the dude for office, and then I guess other executives help vote. 4. What strategies could the White House pursue in relation to this appointment? What did the White House learn from recent nominations that were not confirmed? The White House has probably realized that interest groups have more power with the public than they might have in direct contact with senators. Thus knowing, the big WH should work on getting people in places the citizenry support.
1. The Constitutional basis for the electoral college was based on a mistrust in the people to elect a president. The founding fathers feared the popular vote.
2.The strategy is campaign early in the 'safe' states to keep them happy, and spend the rest of the time in swing states to try and get as much of the vote as possible.
3. The House of Representatives makes the decision.
4. The 2000 election had one candidate win the popular vote, and the other the electoral college vote. The electoral college really picks, so people were angry that their majority vote didn't technically count.
5. I am not entirely satisfied, but I can understand why it exists. I think there should be more of a hybrid system, where both the popular and the electoral vote are considered.
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.
Why are Democrats hopeful of a party realignment in Texas? How is this related to the concept of minority majority?
-Democrats are hopeful of a party realignment in Texas because of the recent increase in the hispanic population. Because of this population change, the white majority group has become an overall minority (45% white) when compared to minority percentages (55% non-white).
What are the trends in party identification within the state of Texas?
-Typically, the large cities are more Democratic because of the liberalizing influence of colleges and diverse city politics.
Why does Gallup suggest that the current situation is unlikely to result in party realignment in the near future? How is this related to the concept of political participation?
-Party realignment is unlikely to occur because of the low hispanic voter registration rate. The hispanic political participation is lower than other ethnic groups.
What steps were taken to ensure a low sampling error in this poll?
-A bunch of different methods were used to ensure low error. Computer randomization for phone number selection was used.
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