Super Bowls are great for an overall view of the quality of a franchise over time but they don’t really give us a realistic look at how that franchise stacks up against the others on a year-to-year basis. Playoff appearances on the other hand do. It’s impossible to win a Super Bowl if you can’t make the playoffs. Going to the playoffs generally means that team was better than most in the league and can possibly contend for a Super Bowl. Lets take a look at how well Jerry Jones the General Manager has faired in making the playoffs without Jimmy Johnson as the head coach.
If we look at most of our opinion when it comes to voting comes from the band wagon affect these days. Media often sways people’s perception on the candidate. I believe that voting doesn’t do us any good when it comes to electing the President of the United States of America or anyone elected to State Represenitive, Governor, or state local official. No matter who get the most popular vote or majority of the votes, the Electoral College always wins. To me this makes voting it senseless to me since the candidate that the American people have voted for will not get elected because of the Electoral College.
Campaign finance laws regarding federal election subsidies, money towards national convention efforts, presidential nominee subsidies, and soft money expenditures are all contributing to the failure of any third party takeoff. The FECA Act of 1974 that “provides subsidies for major party candidates for presidency” based upon the amount of money they raise indirectly impact the ability of minor parties to keep up with such long standing two party competition (Herrnson, 3). Campaign finance laws seem to have driven competition between only the two major parties in the United States as their provisions make it difficult for minor parties to receive enough funds with such a small following, even if that following has large sums of money. Both major and minor parties can qualify for government political funding through acts such as FECA; however, the major parties have great advantage of minor parties when it comes to receiving large sums of money due to their already established base. Major parties also have an advantage over third parties because they automatically receive national convention subsidies; over $13.1 million went to each major party in 2000 to help fund them (Herrnson, 4).
Is Gerrymandering a Controversial Topic? Gerrymandering is a process where the ruling political party uses the map of their state to draw lines that create voting districts in favor of their party. The result of this is that it doesn’t reflect the voters political views. For about 200 years the government has used gerrymandering during political elections and it continues to be used today (King, Elizabeth) . But recently gerrymandering has become more controversial because people feel that it has taken away their rights as a voter and it swings the votes to one side by a big percentage.
For much of the election, Lincoln believed he had little chance of being re-elected. Because of the increase in war casualties, the idea “peace at all cost” offered by a democratic group known as the “Copperheads”, started to look more and more desirable. It was because of this that McClellan was a favorite to win the election. Internal strains and other issues within the democratic party eventually made Lincoln’s re-election inevitable. In the end Lincoln won 55% of the popular vote and 90% of the electoral vote, easily beating out McClellan.
Politicians all over the USA are blinded with money and they have, without carefully thinking about the devastating consequences that will soon lie before them, hastily put to an end a contentious battle over junk food with a swift stroke of a pen. Now, many parents ask: “Will politicians ever show strong and charismatic leadership through putting the health of our children at their top priority? When will there be a governor who is not biased, nor influenced by corporate profit as well as
In the past, the most efficient way to give citizens around the country an opportunity to vote was the electoral college, or so the founding fathers thought. Nonetheless, the electoral college should be abolished because citizens’ votes should all count equally all states should get the same attention from presidential candidates, and everyone’s voice should be heard. The electoral college system ultimately fails the citizens of bigger states because their votes don’t count as much as those in smaller states. How? Well, as previously mentioned, there’s 538 electors who are distributes
How can those running against the already elected officials win against them? One of the first things that can be done to lower incumbency rates is to better inform the voter population about the congressmen running. Many do not know the people who are running or the values they stand for. So by being not being informed, people just end up voting for
In Grant Penrod 's essay, Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, Penrod argues that intellectualism is declining in America, not because of poor education or electronics, but because of the current public perception of intellectuals (Penrod 762). Penrod first supports his argument with the example of an Arizona high school football team who receives praise and attention from their peers for winning the championship, while the debate team, science team, and the decathletes, who achieved the same feat, were barely recognized: The football team from Mountain View High School won the Arizona state championship last year. Again. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of the school 's student body, so did the Science Bowl Team, the Speech and Debate Team, and the Academic Decathlon Team. The football players enjoyed the attentions of an enthralled school, complete with banners, assemblies, and even video announcements in their honor, a virtual barrage of praise and downright deification.
Those who are more liberal, are voting for modifying or abolishing this law, mainly because it is as Trump said, a “magnet for immigration”. Many republicans believe that expectant mothers are illegally traveling into the United States to deliver their baby in hopes of a better future. One out of every twelve newborns, or about 340,000 babies per year, are children of illegal immigrants (http://www.pewhispanic.org/, August 11, 2010). Another motive to abolish birthright citizenship is because in the amount of money it would save taxpayers and the benefits that would come with that.. First, there would be a decreased amount of health care costs that would be absorbed, and second, social programs would have more money in their budget to use
She received the most votes and officially won the election. However, upon learning that one of last year’s officers did not win her post, she unselfishly volunteered to serve in another capacity so that her peer could be Vice President. This peer was not a close friend, but
But the most interesting thing that i was able to conclude from my day at the polls, was the overwhelming majority that had equally bad things to say about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This majority opinion was highlighted in one quote from one of the voters “They both are flawed candidates, and honestly they cancel out each other so i 'm really just voting on the issues”. These results point to the majority of people voted on the issues, and partisan views rather than the candidates themselves. Martin P. Wattenberg backs up this claim in his article “The Declining Relevance of Candidate Personal Attributes in Presidential Elections””The analysis in this article demonstrates that the personal attributes of the presidential candidates have become less and less relevant to the outcome of presidential elections in recent years. Substantially fewer voters are mentioning the personal characteristics of the candidates when asked what they like and dislike about them.
We cannot let states like California, New York, Florida, and Texas decide the fate of our entire country simply because of their high population. The Electoral College’s opponents believe that it is an unfair way of doing things because it doesn’t necessarily make every vote count, but they may not realize that it lets every state have a say. The candidate with an absolute majority in each state receives the elector’s votes, therefore it really boils down to a popular election just on a state by state basis, rather than a national one. “The proposals to abolish the Electoral College are proposals to abolish the Federal principle in presidential elections”(Best). The Electoral College has history on it’s side, the system they use really works, it is the best option we have, and it needs to be