Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, April 23, 2014
Memos due at discussion section
The Great Recession
The consequences for the federal budget
The federal budget deficit and
The national debt
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
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Food Stamps, Medicaid, Housing Assistance,
Job Training, Services
- (c) The Earned Income Tax Credit
2). Contributory Benefits For The Middle Class:
- Social Security Retirement, Medicare,
- (b) Tax Expenditures
(Example: the home mortgage interest deduction)
State: Americans do not realize how much they need and depend on
Dealing with Other Countries
Tough Choices, Deep Roots, Lasting Consequences
Choices any Nation's Leaders must make
A. Isolation Or Internationalism ?
B. Use Force Or Diplomacy To Settle Disputes ?
Alone or in
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
Goods and Services
People: The Immigration Issue
Environment: The Climate Issue