However, movement is slow and some politicians are reluctant to changes in the system. “Critics of the Bush plan believe that the current system will be able to continue distributing the same level of benefits until 2075, if the economy continues to grow as it has historically.” (Wilson) Republicans are pushing to cut benefits; lower payments mean less revenue that needs to be brought in. Democrats push to expand benefits, they believe in a retirement for all people and want to avoid cuts in benefits in any way possible. “The consensus among Democrats has gone beyond opposition to benefit cuts. Now they stand almost united in favor of expanding Social Security.” (Biggs) While both sides argue which
Voter identification so far is a hotly contested policy of election. Proponents have to maintain the vote Identification cards in order to avoid any kind of voting cheatings. Critics on the other side believe and contend that voter fraud now a time is very rare and identification requirements disenfranchise effectively some of the Americans that also includes racial minorities, elderly including some of the disabled. In general, the voting laws are measures that are intended to make sure that a registered person/voter is the one who he/she says he/she assuming not a impersonator who is trying to cast a vote under someone else’s name. These laws, most of which have been strengthened in the due last five years, requires that registered voters are required to show some identification before they can
One of the largest issues we face as a society is the security of equal opportunities for everyone. Minorities especially see very little opportunity when it comes to getting an education. Affirmative action seemed to be a logical solution to the racial discrimination involved with college admissions. However, affirmative action has proven to be of little success. Although there should be policies in place to ensure equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, affirmative action gives an unfair advantage to students of color, and does not solve the institutional disadvantages that minorities have.
Although political parties may cause contention between Americans, parties are critical to the success of our constitutional system because parties provide party labels and mobilizes the voters by increased the participation of the common people. Political parties create conflict by making it difficult for a common man’s voice to be heard. Because there are only two political parties, it makes it difficult for individuals with different points of view to be recognized. However, for the same reason, only having two political parties is beneficial because it allows politicians to mobilize the voters. Politicians go about this by promoting Americans to be involved in the political process.
Enactment of term limits Term limits will help in increasing electoral competition by increasing the number of open seat elections. However, there is an assumption since there is little evidence that joins this, and on another case when an incumbent goes for reelection, competition is suppressed by term limits. Term limits make the elections to be less competitive but on the other hand, they increase the number of open seats contest (Sarbaugh, 2002). Political parties play a major role in political competition and their strength is measured by their ability to exert control over their candidates who are on the ballot papers. In order to be able to see how term limits affect elections of places, it is important to examine some electoral environment features in Michigan and California.
This is shown through the quote "It is not about inequality and fairness but about the corrosive tendency of markets. Putting a price on the good things in life can corrupt them. That's because markets don't only allocate goods; they also express and promote certain attitudes toward the goods being exchanged. Paying kids to read books might get them to read more, but also teach them to regard reading as a chore rather than a source of intrinsic satisfaction. Auctioning seats in the freshman class to the highest bidders might raise revenue but also erode the integrity of the college and the value of its diploma," (Sandel 44).
Government sponsorship allows more diverse media to be created, because of this my society would follow a model similar to that of the United Kingdom in order to keep the citizens knowledgeable and decrease the information gap between the advantaged and the disadvantaged. Commercial advertising has more cons than pros, however, it is not entirely bad. My society would allow it, however, it would be heavily restricted. Pay-per-view is a promising type of media funding, however, it is not without flaws. Primarily, it has the possibility of leaving out those of lower economic status.
Viewed as one of the healthiest democracies in the world, the United States is always referred to as an example that other countries should follow. However, one of the key characteristics of a healthy democracy is a high voter-turnout. If people do not turn up on Election Day, it is likely that they do not see the point of holding elections or the conditions are not suitable for them to vote. People vote because they believe that their vote has the power to make changes in the country. Voter apathy often develops when voters do not see voting as a way of voicing their concerns.
In the U.S we have been facing problems with immigration and there is only one solution it is to restrict it. One reason restricting immigration will work is it will open up better jobs and make better healthcare. If America does this it will make better schools because there will be less and the schools will be more advanced. Another reason we need to restrict immigration is our country is almost starting to decline because we are over polluted and it the future it could bring down Americas standard of living. Some people may argue that opening ourselves to the world will the solve the problem but they are wrong because it could possibly lead to invasion.
Apart from this uneven distribution the system of “winner takes all” also discourages people from going out to vote. For example, some Republican lives in a Democratic state that always goes Democratic when it comes to elections, they tend to not go out and vote because they know their vote won’t make a difference because of this “winner takes all” system. In the past 4 elections there has been an average voter outcome which is all around the same, but there is still a chunk of people who don’t go out and vote. Another reason people may not go out to vote is the unfairness of elections. For example, in this past election the two candidates were Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary
Voter ID laws are two sided, but most Americans feel that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Republicans feel that an individual should already have a state ID because this is required by so many government agencies. Unfortunately, the Democrats are the ones to be most likely affected due to their voters’ economic status, disabilities and age. Whereas, Democrats believe that it is a tactic to defer their supporters from voting. Even though voter fraud does occur, it is not as often as one would imagine.
Citizen knowledge matters because it is essential in the political process. Cann theorized that a possible solution to counter a lack of political knowledge is a neutral voter guide that is typically state sponsored. The voter guide is the most important in low-profile races because information is typically less
Voting registration can be confusing if the wrong question is asked and the right answer is given. For citizens that have moved from county to county or from state to state, they may be interested to know if they are still eligible to vote, and the answer is almost always yes, so long as the person can prove residency. But registration itself is painless and takes little more than the presentation of identification. However, state websites and even election boards have proven to be vague about the correct form of identification. Therefore, to prevent registration requirements from preventing you from voting, make it a point to update your voter registration every time you
The Federalist system of our government requires there be a sharing of power between branches, which is very much enforced with the Electoral College. There are speculations that with the abolishment of the Electoral College, the Federalist system would be lost with it. The Electoral college also helps to promote the two party system, and while some people may take issue with this, it is a way of creating stability in our government. With the distribution of power the Electoral College promotes, this allows the minority to be represented. However, there is a big issue in that the majority vote is not properly reflected by the Electoral College.
I do not think this system is fair, I think it contradicts the fact that as Americans we are given the freedom to vote, but it seems as though the people’s vote actually doesn’t decide much. It has been proven in 2000, when George W. Bush lost the popular vote by .51% yet still won the electoral college vote by 271 to 266, this doesn’t seem right to me at all. Part of living in the U.S. is having the opportunity to vote for the person running your country, we are always told “our vote matters” which it does in a sense, but it seems more as though we are voting for other people to vote. The Electoral College system is very unequitable in my eyes. The people chosen for our electors meet on the Monday following