Political Power in the US

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Brian Miller Professor Moon U.S. Politics 10 May 2007 Republican Party Power Political power in the United States is constantly going back and forth between the Democratic and Republican Parties. After the 1929 stock market crash, effects of the Great Depression were being felt all across the country. Promising to bring the economy out of the depression with his “New Deal”, Roosevelt won the election in 1932 by a landslide. The Republican Party lost the majority in both houses of Congress and did not gain it back until “The Republican Revolution” of 1994. This change in voting patterns is due to the voting population in America preferring tax-cuts over government spending on welfare programs for the lower-class. The 1990’s were filled with productivity increases and business profit increases, which caused the already present income gap in America to become even more severe (Carter, 104). This created a “politically dominant suburban America” whose strong beliefs in capitalism as well as their hostility toward the “welfare-state” brought much support to the Republican Party in the 1990’s (Schneider, as quoted in Carter, 105). However, in the 2006 mid-term elections, the Republican Party lost the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, perhaps hinting at another shift in political power between parties yet to be seen. The Republican Party’s first fall from power occurred in 1932 when Hoover was
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course POLT 101 taught by Professor Alexandermoon during the Spring '07 term at Ithaca College.

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