Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, April 28, 2014


Current events



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 and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

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









People: The Immigration Issue



Environment: The Climate Issue