Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
We arrived in DC, at 9AM. Our contact was meeting us there for our meeting, at 8:30AM. So we were late, and add to our problems, we had to wait in a line, with 60 other people that were waiting. When we went the building, we had to stay in line for another 20 minutes.
We we were escorted to the movie theater, we say a movie on American History, it was a very informational video. I did learn, it brought history threw a different perspective. As we left, we went threw various halls, and we say the old House of Representative building, and other locations.
After that we went to the Newseum, it was a very nice place. I especially like the 4-D theatre, one thing I didn't like, was the food, it cost $22. The theatre was one of the best experiences that I seen. The seats were moving back and forward, it was a fantastic spectacle, I recommend it for all to witness.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
AP US Government
3/14/10 2:32 PM
Group B Essay
As said in “Democracy Under Pressure” by Cummings, the media has a role in “providing a direct visual link between political leaders and candidates and the voters, television changed the nature of American Politics.” (224). One of the jobs of that the media has assumed over the years, is it provides information, once that would take months to find out. The media is responsible for the information the American people know. In another section in “Democracy Under Pressure” by Cummings, he says “a democracy rests on the consent of the governed, but in order to give their consent in any meaningful way, the governed must be informed.” (251). In order for laws and polices to be affective, the American people need to know how they are affected. The local media plays a vital role, in keeping the American people in the “loop”.
The media shapes the opinion of the American Citizen; it is the “ direct visual link” between the government and the citizen. In another passage, that was said in “Democracy Under Pressure” by Cummings “because television reaches millions of homes, news programs and live broadcast of major events cab gave a strong influence on public opinion. Television may help to shape or change public opinion, or may reinforce existing public attitudes.” (229) This boost in the media has made obtaining information much easier. However, with this boost in information and the nature of the media, it has become a beauty contest, that image has become more important than substance. Even though the citizens are given more information, it is in the nature of the media to give a more information then is needed. However, the Internet had brought a huge load of information in the 2004 elections. As said in “Democracy Under Pressure” by Cummings, “the internet had brought a dramatic new level of technological change to government and the political process. Political information, census figures, poll data, the text of speeches, legislation, supreme court decisions, and almost unlimited resources of all kinds became available” (251). There was more information of the American people that was available. The American people had more knowledge to make their decision. The Internet has made a change in elections, for now we see more results, at a faster pace. The American people are smarter, no longer is others needed for information, when all one has to do, is to search Google.
With the information that the politicians concludes from poles and voter turnouts, and even the responses made by the local media, the politician can tailor his or her view to suit the people. Negative campaigning is a tactic that is used by political to show faults of there opponents, it is a very dirty tactic, however as citizens we are shown both sides of the argument, so we are able to make better decision, versus when we are only given one perspective. Every town in America is different, so local issue would have different amount of value from one place to another. But one issue that is consistent, is state power versus federal power, it isn’t even power that the issue is, it is money. The campaigns receive money many ways, one way is the politician raises money by book signings, other way they do it is by donations.
Friday, January 29, 2010
In this Address, President Barack Obama made it clear, the he is not going to quit. That he will work to end, even though the upset in Massachusetts, he is still dedicated to his work. This time last year, the largest banks in the country were failing. These banks were responsible for the damage done to the American economy. President Barack Obama had the picked up where President George Bush had left off. President Barack Obama started by giving huge stimulus checks to these banks, so they wouldn't fail and wouldn't go bankrupt. This time this year, these big banks are giving large bonus, to the top executes. This was the same bank that was failing this time last year. The first thing President Barack Obama will do, is that he will fee the banks, this is called Trouble Assets Relief Program. Another issue that was address in the State of Union that was address was Job Creation. In America, the unemployment rate is now at 10%. The President address this by new job creations, bu taken away tax breaks for large companies that send there jobs over seas. He will give tax breaks to companies that keeps the jobs within the country. He also will cancel programs that will not work. In 2011, he will freeze government spending. The President will extend middle class tax breaks.
Even though this State of the Union Address addresses health care. It doesn't elaborate in it. It is only skin deep. And another topic that the State of the Union doesn't talk about, is immigration.
I believe in everything that President Barack Obama talks about. I think that it is sure to work and that we as American people, we should invest into what he is saying. The only way that it will work is that we invest 100%. These are times of difficulty, and as Americans, we have to stick together. President Obama is trying his hardest, it is our duty as an American to help him.
- Omar Aminzay