1. The rapid decrease of the deficit comes from the lowered cost of things like healthcare.
2. According to Mr. Deese, the deficit would begin to fall to around 1.6% as long as they keep decreasing the costs of things like healthcare.
3. The new budget is proposing to focus more on infrastructure and early education, but even then no one program is getting special attention budget wise. a component is the increase of funding for preschool education.
4. The idea of splitting the budget to help in so man ways sounds like a good plan to help support growth in the nation, but at the same time it seems to be very idealistic about what it will actually be able to accomplish. when spreading the budget out over so many fields, it can be easy to overestimate the impact it will actually have on the nation.
Obama decided to use his power of executive order in order to bring down the level of discrimination when it comes to things like pay. He wants federal employees to earn a more balanced paycheck when it comes down to things like gender and race. The primary limitation that Obama faces with this is that he needs to have the support of Congress so he can get the bill passed to law.
The criticism to the executive order itself is that it makes it seem like the president is not trying to work with Congress on this issue. It seems like Obama is trying to enforce more power than he has in the situation. Criticism towards the actual bill have to do with the fact that it will raise the overall base costs of many businesses and, in the long run, raise prices in general.
The White House administration has chosen to ignore very specific forms of discrimination when dealing with cases like this such as gay rights because it would lead to too much controversy over the matter. Trying to deal with very specific issues like that will cause more trouble than it is worth to come up with some form of compensation.
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. The House of representatives redraw the districts while they are in office in order to ensure that they can manipulate the districts and control the amount of people that will vote for them.
2. Gerrymandering is used to twist and manipulate the districts in order for incumbents to be reelected for the next term, despite the fact that gerrymandering distracts the House from focusing on important issues.
3. It was presented that districts be split up based on algorithms that focus more on state geography and population rather than letting House members redraw the districts. This would make incumbents focus on other ways to get reelected such as actually taking care of any issues they need to give attention to.
4. There is a good chance that some time in the future both gerrymandering and the Electoral College will be gone in order to ensure the government is more on the popular vote of the people than anything else.
5. Whether or not gerrymandering benefits both parties at one point or another is irrelevant. It will not be justified as long as politicians focus on manipulating votes in this manner to get reelected instead of actually dealing with any major issues or policies that need to be dealt with.
1. The media seems to be looking for a candidate who can perfectly fill the role as president, which is unlikely to happen. While the Republican party is still looking for their ideal contender to run in the election, the Democratic party seems to be favoring Hilary
Clinton at this time.
2. Sabato is less focused on the major issues right now that each candidate may support because at this point in time it is difficult to speculate what will be the primary focus for political campaigns for an election for the 2016 presidency.
3. Sabato is referring to the non stop effort of controlling ones image it takes to become president when it talks about "permanent presidential campaign". Both past and future presidents have to keep up an ideal image in order to maintain any support they may need from the population. With all the information available to people today through technology, it is easier for any flaw a candidate has to be exposed to everyone.
4. Being identified early on as a candidate has its risks and benefits that come along with it. It benefits the candidates by getting their name out into the public which helps people starting forming earlier support for them. However, being an early favorite can cause a lot of attention from the media who will exploit any flaw possible at the drop of a hat.
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 for a party realignment in Texas because it will allow the democratic party to gain a major foot hold in states that support democrats. Minority majority plays a role in this in the fact that as more Texan Hispanics turn democrat, along with other minorities, then the majority will soon be outweighed by all the minorities.
2. Within the state of Texas, the trends with party identification tend to move towards more people supporting the republican party.
3. Texas is unlikely to face political realignment because there is not enough growth in the democratic party to help push that alignment. While the majority of Texan Hispanics identify as democratic, there is not enough political participation within this group to push any change.
4. To ensure that there was less error in the random sampling for ,surveying the people, certain steps were taken including:
-Contacted 178,527 people
-Aimed for people of voting age (18 and older)
-50% of calls made to home phones 50% made to cell phones
-Numbers selected at random
-Certain weighted procedures were taken to help evenly spread out calls based on demographics
1. In the Roberts court, a more conservative view has been favored more often than most. He is able to get more liberal justices to agree with him and tends to do so before attacking and liberal policies.
2. Precedent is past experience of rulings by courts and other events that help guide the decision when it comes to similar cases in the future. Roberts tends to follow the rulings of past courts very well and doesn't stray too far from that path.
3. The Obama Administration is seen to have a "poor" standing with the Supreme Court because of the radical differences between each group's ideals. A strategy Obama can use to fix this would be to try to shift his views to line up more with those of the court.
4. Justice Kennedy is considered the swing vote of the court because he is not a strong supporter of either liberal or conservative views. He has voted for either sides on various cases.
5. There appears to be a bias in the article towards the conservative ideology. There isn't much about the Obama Administration or any other liberal ideals, but the ideals of conservatives are mentioned often.
1. The NRA is threatening to take negative action in order to prevent Murthy as Surgeon General. They are trying to urge people to vote against Murthy in order to prevent stricter gun control. Since Murthy is pro gun control, the NRA wants to prevent him from taking office.
2. For the senators, their reelection is at stake in this situation. The largest area of concern is the issue of gun control.
3. The president is able to play a role in the confirmation process by appointing candidates to certain positions. The Senate then plays their role by either approving or disapproving the president's appointment.
4. The White House needs to focus on providing candidates that can make certain compromises on situations such as gun control. Since the Senate is currently Republican and the president and his cabinet are Democratic, it will be difficult to try to fill positions with all Democratic candidates. The president should delay the appointment in order to allow Murthy to try and explain some of his ideals that could gain the support of the Senate.
1. The Electoral College was put in place because the founding fathers did not believe that a simple majority vote from the people was very trustworthy. Information about the candidates running for presidency was hard to circulate in those times, so the Electoral College was used to ensure that people who were ell informed would be the ones to choose the president.
2. A common strategy to get the 270 electoral votes is to go after the states with a large amount of votes as well as paying attention to the smaller states so the candidates can push up the amount of votes they have. Candidates really pay attention to safe states of the opposite party in hopes that they can turn the votes in their favor. they also focus on swing states because they have no common vote and can choose either side at any time.
3. If none of the candidates receives the majority of electoral votes, then the vote is taken to the House of Representatives and the majority vote there decides the presidency.
4. In the 2000 election, many people began to critique the Electoral College because despite Al Gore winning the popular vote across America, Bush won the majority of electoral votes and therefor the presidency.
5. As we move further into the age of instant media, I support the Electoral College less and less because the idea behind its creation was that people were under informed due to lack of media. Now that there is easier access to information on the candidates, it will be better to start allowing the the people of America to truly start choosing the president.
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 such as 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have played a role on public opinion. With the occurrence of events such as these there becomes unrest from groups of people who either feel that we are under reacting or over reacting with U.S. involvement in foreign areas.
2. The levels of satisfaction do match my expectation of the Republican and Democratic parties. The polls show Republicans favoring thing such as less gun control policies and tighter immigration, while Democrats favor more immigration and civil rights policies.
3. The Republicans are more willing to support policies for more gun control liberties and economic reform, while Democrats would support policy changes for more immigration and higher environmental awareness.
4. The reliability of the polls taken are reduced from the sampling error. This error could mean that many groups were not accurately represented in their opinions on different issues.
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