Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, April 23, 2014


Memos due at discussion section

 

Current events

 

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Prosperity



 

The Great Recession

   

    Housing

 

 

 

    The consequences for the federal budget

 

        The federal budget deficit and

 

        The national debt

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Government and Individual Security


A. The Poverty Problem in America

    Single Parent Families run a high risk of falling into poverty
 

B. Social Welfare in The U.S.

The U.S. always has "spread the wealth"

   

 

The Social Security Act Of 1935

 

 

Two "Welfare States" in America

 
1). Non-contributory programs for the Poor

- (a) "In-Cash" Benefits:
        TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

- (b) "In-Kind" Benefits:
         Food Stamps, Medicaid, Housing Assistance,
         Job Training, Services

- (c) The Earned Income Tax Credit

2). Contributory Benefits For The Middle Class:

 - (a) "In-Cash" Benefits"
            - Social Security Retirement, Medicare,
                Unemployment Insurance

      
       - (b) Tax Expenditures
                (Example: the home mortgage interest deduction)

 

The Submerged State: Americans do not realize how much they need and depend on government.
 

 

        Health Care
               


Dealing with Other Countries

Tough Choices, Deep Roots, Lasting Consequences


1. Tough Choices any Nation's Leaders must make
 

A. Isolation Or Internationalism ?

 

B. Use Force Or Diplomacy To Settle Disputes ?

 

C. Act Alone or in Alliance?

 

D. What Are Other Nations Really Up To ?

 

E. What Costs Are Tolerable ?

 

F. How do foreign policy choices affect domestic politics?

 


2. Deep Roots:
     The Choice of the Past Affect Choice in the Present and Future
 
 

    1898: The Spanish-American War

 

    1941 The U.S. a superpower after World War II

 

 

    1945-1989: Cold war with the Soviet Union, the world's other superpower

 

            The War in Vietnam

 

    1989: The Post-Cold War World

 

            9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq

 

     

 

3. Globalization

Goods and Services

 

 

Capital

 

 

Information

 

 

People: The Immigration Issue

 

 

Environment: The Climate Issue