Project 2: Poverty in America
During my month of poverty, I chose to be a warehouse worker for $9 an hour. Its
physically taxing work but I figured Im still a young guy so I shouldnt be too worried about it. I
was taking home $
Chapter 10 and Conclusion
1) As the authors pointed out, politicians are skilled producers of crafted ambiguity.
Even President Obama pointed out this fact in relating the financial collapse was
a problem rooted in governmental policy. Summa
Democrats Climb Aboard
1) Terry McAuliffe, Head of the Democrat National Committee while Al Gore ran for
president, boasted of having raised $26 million at one event. As McAuliffe
bragged in What a Party, 13,000 guests paid around $50. Who were
Winner-Take-All Politics Introduction and C1
1) Explain why the excessive bonus on Wall Street was seen as obscene in
2009 and not in other years. In your answer, ensure you identify the
economic conditions of the country and the effect to mi
Building a Bridge to the Nineteenth Century
1) In the beginning of the chapter the authors describe how our sense of values,
regarding success, are upside down. Summarize how the authors came to this
conclusion and what we should consider succes
How the Winner-Take-All Economy Was Made
1) Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stated that wealth inequality is an
economic reality, not to blame on either party. Explain how Nobel Laureate Paul
Krugman addressed this issue.
The Tale of Two Parties
1) Explain why the authors discounted Ronald Reagan as the savior of the GOP
and the conservative movement. What area does the authors give credit to the
resurrection of the conservatives? Explain
The Middle Class Goes Missing
1) What was the dilemma facing FDR at the end of WWII regarding the returning
The dilemma facing FDR at the end of WWI was the problem of if the market could
handle the return of 1
The Unseen Revolution of the 1970s
1) Summarize the effect of the Richard Nixons presidency upon liberalism and the
New Deal coalition of the Democrat Party.
Nixon split the New Deal coalition that was in power for the next generation and
Chapter 12 Public Policy in Texas
1. The 2007 session of the state legislature passed the Religious Viewpoint
What was the purpose of this Act? 383 ensured religious-oriented clubs the same access
to school facilities and protected
Chapter 10 Local Government in Texas
1. Texas counties have their origins _? 312 the "municipality," which was the local governmental unit
under Spanish and Mexican rule.
2. Why are Texas counties important? They are important because they provide the mai
Chapter 8 - The Texas Executive Branch
1. Governor Rick Perry exerted control over the state government in a way that no other governor has.
How did he do (his claims)? 236
He was the only governor who appointed every member of the boards and commissions
Chapter 11- Public Finance in Texas
1. What did the UT System Board of Regents decide in May 2014? 348
*Not to raise tuition for in-state students
* Provisions to raise out-of-state tuition
*That the Board allocates monies to UT Austin from the states Per
Obamas Post-Racial Strategy
*1) According to the author, what was the opportunity squandered by President Obama
in 2009? (pp. 191-192)
2) The author later stated that President Obamas lack of addressing the wealth
inequality in this country h
The Wrecking Begins: Reagan
1) Define plutocracy and discuss how this term is applicable to the U.S.
A. Plutocracy is the richest people running the government. Today in the US, the
richest in the country buy their way to getting their favored l
Chapter 12 Essay Questions
1. There are three main theories about the effects of interest groups: pluralism, hyperpluralism, and
elitism. Describe each. Which of the theories seems to you most accurate? Justify your answer.
A. Pluralism is an open, partic
Chapter 10 Essay Questions
1. Who decides about who can vote? First describe what the Constitution says about the matter in
the time, place, and manner clause. Next, list and explain how the role of the four constitutional
amendments affects voting (suffr
Makers and Takers: The Tea Party and Romney
1) The push back to President Obamas election in 2008 was the shellacking of the
Democratic controlled Congress by Republicans. State which group within the GOP
was pushing this surge and why. (pp. 147
Chapter 18 Essay Questions
1) Name the three foreign policy goals that the United States pursues. Discuss the relative importance of
each goal. If you had to stress one, which would it be?
a. The three foreign policy goals that the United States pursues a
Learning About Racism at Harvard Law/Racial Politics and the Middle Class/The GOPs
Rise as the the White Mans Party
1) According to the author (preface), what two themes dominate American politics
today? How are they address
Abby Read 1
Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It
How do the combined actions of many good citizens keep our nation moving forward?
When our founding fathers created this country, they wanted to build it on the basis of
Chapter 16 Essay Questions
1. Should the judiciary have less power in American government and politics? How would you propose to
restrain judicial authority in practice?
a. The judiciary should not have less power in American government and politics. The
The False Allure of Color Blindness
1) In your opinion, based upon the material, how does the author relate that whites are
the actual victims of racial discrimination? (pp. 77-79)
A. The author says multiple times that race is considered a touc
Chapter 11 Essay Questions
1. State two reasons American politics is usually limited to two political parties.
A. One reason for Two-Party America is American ideals which were embraced many years ago.
Each side of the these debates is usually associated
Chapter 13 Essay Questions
1. The Constitution put Congress at the center of American government. List some of the powers (at least
three) granted by the Constitution under article 1, section 8, and explain how Congress uses these
A. Three powers
Whats the Matter with White Voters? Common Sense Racism
1) As the author related, what was the weakness to Thomas Franks findings in Whats
the Matter with Kansas? Was the weakness based on the misinterpretation of racism or
wealth inequality as
Chapter 15 Essay Questions
1. Explain the five characteristics that make up the bureaucratic model as explained by the German
sociologist and political economist Max Weber (18641920).
a. Hierarchy; where all bureaucracies have a clear chain of command. Di
Beyond Hate: Strategic Racism
1) Define what strategic racism is and discuss whether those who used this process
A. Strategic racism refers to purposeful efforts to use racial animus as leverage to
gain material wealth, political po
Chapter 14 Essay Questions
Over time, presidents have taken on many jobs. Name seven different roles the president plays.
Which do you consider the most important right now? Explain your choice.
a. Commander in Chief, Top Diplomat, the First Legislator
Getting Away with Racism
1) Discuss the purpose of using race as an issue in a political campaign: that is, making
a point of putting a non-white topic in the forefront of the campaign?
a. By using race as an issue in a political campaign, your