american government 53

Summary:

In week 8, you will submit a policy paper that will explore the importance of understanding politics and participate in political decision, by looking at an issue that affects you and society (actually most policies affect all of us), as well as the consequences of political decisions on society.

Can you think of an example when you encounter politics? An example of how you encounter politics in everyday life would be paying taxes. Who decided how much do you have to pay in sales tax, property tax, or income tax? How much fuel tax did you pay? Recycling?

Pick an issue that can be affected by political decisions (invasive species, fishing limits, healthy school lunches, taxes, building new homes near flood zones, Social Security crisis, unemployment, immigration, drug abuse, crime control, etc). For example, if you are a nursing major, a good idea would be to focus on if nurses should be allowed to treat patients without the assistance of medical doctors under certain conditions (e.g. N.P.s).

  1. Describe the issue. Does the government play a role in regulating this issue?
  2. What is the most recent policy that regulated this issue?
  3. Who in the government was involved in making this policy? (Congress, president, Supreme Court, or local government, etc).
  4. Did citizens play a role? Was this an election topic?
  5. Was there anything you learned during this class about politics that helped you understand how government affects you when it comes to the issue of your choice? Has this changed your perspective on the importance of understanding politics? Why or why not?

For your week 6 assignment, in in 2-2.5 pages, please provide a draft of the following:

  1. Describe the issue. Does the government play a role in regulating this issue?
  2. What is the most recent policy that regulated this issue?
  3. Who in the government was involved in making this policy? (Congress, president, Supreme Court, or local government, etc).
  4. Did citizens play a role? Was this an election topic?
  5. Was there anything you learned during this class about politics that helped you understand how government affects you when it comes to the issue of your choice? Has this changed your perspective on the importance of understanding politics? Why or why not?

I upload my thesis statement from last week 5.