American Politics 101-page4

American Politics 101-page4 - -BUT we don’t allow voting...

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- This gives the federal government considerable leverage over the states…if you want our money, you have to follow our rules. Examples of Grants in Aid - No child left behind. - Funding for federal highways. - Temporary assistance for needy families. - Medicaid. - 20%-30% of state budgets come from the federal government. Massachusetts as an Example: - The federal deals: We giver you federal education money, you do cer things, including adopting national standards. - Massachusetts: Has one of the very best education systems in the nation. - But should it focus on competing with other states? Will national standards help it compete with foreign nations. Interstate Commerce and Regulation - Environmental Protection Agency - Food and Drug Administration - Occupational Health and Safety Administration February 7, 2011 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Democracy vs. Rights - The US is, at least procedurally, a democratic country.
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Unformatted text preview: -BUT we don’t allow voting on everything. -Civil liberties and civil rights are limitations on the power of majorities, and/or the power of government. Where the Popular Vote and minority Rights Collide… -About 56% believe that the freedom to worship as one chooses should extend to all religious groups. -50% agree “A public school teach should be allowed to use the Bible as a factual text in a history or social studies class.” -58% of Americans would prevent protests during a funeral procession, even on public streets and sidewalks. -74% would prevent public school students from wearing a T-shirt with a slogan that might offend others. The Bill of Rights -The original contained no bill of rights. -Many framers, including Alexander Hamilton, believed it was redundant, or that it would suggest that they were the only rights protected....
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