The third Republican Debate is now in the books, after the top 10 leading GOP candidates debated for more than two hours. There are now less than 100 days until the first ballots are cast. This debate was a very important for many of the candidates campaigns because they are now approaching the “make-or-break point” of their campaigns (Diamond). Only a few candidates rose to the occasion and gave a strong performance that could boost their standings in the polls. Other candidates did not leave very happy from the debate.
Despite this, the U.S. Mint keeps churning out a billion pennies a month.” The complete waste of time and money spent producing these pennies just to be forgotten in the couch cushions is astounding. If every penny is 1.8 cents to produce than the government is giving away 800 million USD every single year. The same article says, “...10 million new useless items punched out by government workers who could be more usefully employed tracking counterfeiters.” In other words, the government isn’t only wasting money on penny production but, also a working staff. U.S. currency could be more protected if it wasn’t for the pesky penny. To sum up, if people took the time to research how the penny was affecting us as a nation we could be closer to the
Do you feel insignificant during elections? Do you worry that there is too much money in politics? Do you believe that campaigns are corrupt? All these common worries become real issues in 2010 with Citizens United v. FEC: a Supreme Court ruling that will forever be significant to elections. The Citizens United ruling "opened the door" for unrestricted campaign spending by corporations, but most importantly the case led to the formation of groups called super PACs: corporations or labor unions that have the ability to use its general treasury and unlimited donations to influence elections.
The United States just elected a new president recently. This is a major event, because this is a country that values the citizens right to vote above many other rights and privileges. The months and weeks leading up to the election were very divisive and showed how humans have a long way to go before reaching a peaceful resolution of
George Washington had a vision for the United States of America that seems to be unattainable. In his Farewell Address, he gave a strong warning to the nation: don’t create political parties, and don’t create alliances with other nations. While Washington had good intentions, there was little possibility of his warnings being heeded. Political parties were established before Washington even left office, and permanent alliances with foreign militaries show no signs of disappearing. Washington acknowledged that political parties are a part of human nature in his Farewell Address, and that still holds true today.
States represent the people’s voice in the election because popular vote isn’t important in the Electoral College. There have been numerous times where the candidate with the popular vote has lost because of the state’s power. Document 7 has the 2016 Presidential Election Electoral Vote Map and Projection, it had the democrats winning 237 electoral votes. To the 187 republican votes, this gave democrats the upper hand in the prediction. With this prediction it also connected with the popular vote because Clinton had the popular vote won.
Since he accomplished achievements during his first-term, it was not difficult to gain most of the votes for his second-term. As an ambitious person, this demanded to do something more to secure his triumph. 9“The two victories, by the Republican in the presidential race and by the Democrats in the congressional races, dominated American politics over the following twenty-two months, a period characterized by more bitterness, divisions, and pure hatred than any since the Reconstruction.” 10“So, on election night 1972, Nixon could not enjoy his triumph.” 11He was not planning how to bring the people together, but he was planning to destroy his enemies before they destroy him. 12Also, he knew that the Democrats, the bureaucracy, the media and the courts will soon go after him.
Campaign spending is out of control. This year alone PACs, controlled by companies, labor unions, and issue groups, had made a political expenditure of 1.7 billion dollars (OpenSecrets.org). Majority of the money was spent independently on political activities, such as advertising. For instance 54% of all money spent buy super Pac were on attack ads (Johnson, Dave) . Since these organization can spend unlimited amount of money on advertising they can control mainstream media and in turn can greatly influence the general public to vote for certain
Every candidate puts an enormous amount of effort into influencing voters but most people might think it is not simple and rather impossible to persuade voters with a positive message. But Barack Obama may have actually succeeded with his persuasion, mostly by speaking with sincerity and hope. He has pursued the political strategy of hopefulness for over eight years that it feels almost authentic. What likely impressed the audience was his advanced use of metaphor. It is natural to talk about politics by means of dozens of common metaphors but usually we do not even realise how many metaphors appear in speeches.
Consumers of firearms do not acquire a gun license or undergo screening testings and background checks. Roughly, a third of American gun owners buy a gun without a background check. Shootings increase yearly and the government should enforce thorough and strict gun laws to those who buy firearms. Laws and rules concerning the use of firearms, their operation and who can handle and use them is beneficial for the American society. Rules on background checks and gun licenses should be compulsory.
“Most of the sins of politics are derivative of this larger sin — the need to win.” (Obama, 109) In any political campaign money is a much needed resource. “Money can’t guarantee victory”, however “without money, and the television ads that consume all the money, you are pretty much guaranteed to lose.” (Obama, 109) To gain the money to run a campaign in American many side deals have to be done with sponsors. Not the mention the time and effort put into gain such high amounts of money, it took three months for Obama’s campaign to raise just $250,000 and fall flat of their $500,000 goal. Our government is flawed but it manages to keep our country
Thus, a “top two” primary ballot can potentially have a dozen candidates from several different parties listed on it. After voters participate, all the votes are counted and only the top two candidates, regardless of their party, can proceed to the general election. In short, “top two” primaries allow every eligible voter to participate, but only permits the two most popular candidates to proceed to a general election. While no reform is perfect, “top two” nonpartisan primaries successfully minimizes, and even eliminates, many of the major problems associated with a closed primary party system. Arguably, the biggest problem with the primary system many states currently possess is that they result in the nomination of ideologically extreme candidates, who are not politically aligned with the majority of their electorate.
Flippen 1 Shaunice Flippen Planned Parenthood is considered a public interest group, which are citizen activist groups that try to represent what they deem to be the interest of the public at large. The most recent controversy in the news today is the proposal by the Republican Party to defund Planned Parenthood for one year, which is expected to fail, which could shut down the government. President Obama and Senate Democrats are willing to shut down the federal government to ensure that tax dollars keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood organization, one of their biggest political allies and financial contributor of millions of dollars to the Democratic Presidential campaign and Party. Lobbyist who works for the Planned Parenthood
To conclude the view of lobbying in Austin a look into Governor Rick Perry 's most infamous failure and the role that lobbyist played in this saga. Governor Perry went from a small government Republican to a liberal Democrat, vetoing an almost unanimously passed legislature bill and threatening to call a special session. This despite the fact that the majority of Texas citizens disagreed with the Governor, he held steadfast and specific construction lobbyist spent a lot of money to make sure that Governor Perry went against the citizens that voted him into office. Lobbyists in the Texas government hold a tremendous amount of power, this power is held through the financial and political backing that specific groups are able to attain. The obtainment of this power is used in order to pass bills that ordinary citizens would never
The Electoral College is a crucial component of how the President of The United States is elected. The votes cast by the Electoral College can outweigh the popular vote of the American public, so it would be consequential for the American public to be aware of the Electoral College and have at least a basic understanding of how it works. This, however, is sadly not the case. Even some of today’s elected officials are not up to date on how the government works. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute ran a poll of twenty-five hundred randomly selected Americans, out of the members of that poll that were elected officials only fifty-three percent of them answered correctly when asked if they knew what the Electoral College’s function was.