Govt. Lec. 2 Notes - Govt 310L Lecture 2 01/20 01/23 Why do...

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Govt. 310L Lecture 2 01/20- 01/23 Why do government & politics matter? -Federal govt. spends $3.1 trillion annually -Employs +2.2 million people -Owns 1/3 of land -The school is a government institution -You’re not alive or dead until govt. says Who are under represented? -College students do not participate -College students don’t choose to become informed in politics -Universities teach you “gloom & doom” theories of politics, rather than helping you understand how govt. works SIDE NOTE: -Parties don’t make policies- govt. does -What happens before, afterward, during elections? -No policies made in campaigns -Doesn’t matter who is president, political system will always exist. -Always present -Represents trade- offs Fundamental tensions in American Political System: 1. Faction or party vs. political inst. -There are significant periods in politics where you can’t explain what happens or doesn’t happen by what party is in power -What’s good for the president is not always good for congress and vise versa -Congress has interests with nothing to do with the parties themselves - Congress doesn’t want to give up tons of power to the president even if the presidents of the same party SIDE NOTE:
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