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POLS 206 10/13/2011 Congress
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Americans Don’t Like Congress l B i g   G o v e r n m e n t
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Low Opinion, 911 Impact
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Parallels Presidential Approval:  2001-2005
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Once Again, “American  Schizophrenia.”
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I. Distrust Isn’t Recent: 1700s- 1800s l Founder’s interests threatened --preferred small state legislatures --fear of big government (Articles of       Confederation) l Constitution --Congress’s  powers directly affect       day to day lives l Special Interests --Monopolies  late 1800s --Weak, disinterested  presidents (1870s-   1930s)
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Special Interests: The “Mr. Smith  Effect”          Bribery by special interests    Railroaded by corrupt senators
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1. Congress Weakens 1930s- present l Powerful presidents Franklin Roosevelt            Lyndon Johnson                   Richard Nixon --aggressive, personal style --Bully Pulpit --Huge staff, “Imperial --broader use of presidential power --Secrecy               Presidency”
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Presidents Vs. Congress l http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A78tSdx_ee
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2. Congress Weakens Further
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