Am Govt Homework 2 Answers - Student Five

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MorganT’s Homework for Lecture Two

Answer the first five questions, and then two of the remaining three:

1. I think the six most important powers of Congress are Taxing Powers, Spending Powers, War Powers, Citizenship Powers, Property Powers, and Commerce Powers.


2. Homeschoolers added a clever clause to the “No Child Left Behind” law, declaring that the federal government could no longer give money to public schools if public schools made homeschoolers take annual public school exams.

Very good.

3. Approximately one-third of the Senate is elected every two years on a given Election Day. Every senator, therefore, is elected for a six-year term. Only a fraction of the senators are up for election each election year to prevent significant manipulations in the Senate.

The reason could be explained better, but this is OK.

4. First, a committee in the House drafts a bill and proposes the bill at a public hearing. Then the committee sends the bill to the House Rules Committee for debating and amendment guidelines. All House members vote on the bill, and if the bill receives the House’s approval, the House sends the bill to the Senate. The Senate edits and approves the bill. Then the House and Senate versions of the bill are compared for discrepancies. and if changes occur, the bill is rewritten to suit both bodies.) If both bodies agree on the bill, they send the bill to the President for approval or rejection.

"if changes occur"? Better: if the two versions of the bill are different .... Also, the bill is not "rewritten", but goes to a joint House and Senate conference committee to revise the differences, and both the House and Senate need to revote on the revised, final bill. (-2)

5. According to Article I, Section IX, Clause VIII of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government lacks the power to grant and accept titles of nobility.

Excellent! However, Roman numerals are used only for the Article, so it would be "Article I, Section 9, Clause 8."

6. Textualism is the theory that the text of a document defines the text’s meaning. In other words, no commentaries or “legislative histories” are needed to interpret a text. I believe that legislative history should be considered when interpreting the law, because laws are often ambiguous and open to interpretation. One person’s connotation of a law will not match another person’s interpretation.

Poor writing: "one person's connotation." But the substance of the answer is fine.

7. The political system in England is a constitutional monarchy, while the political system in the U.S. is a democratic republic. The head of England’s executive branch (the Queen) possesses sovereign immunity, while the United States’ president is subject to the law. The Parliament governs the people within the parameters of a constitution, just like the U.S. federal government governs within the parameters of the U.S. Constitution.

Doesn't really explain the practical political differences: the U.S. has separation of powers, while England does not. Th role of monarchy in England has little practical significance. (-2)
66/70. Good work.--Andy Schlafly 18:44, 21 September 2012 (EDT)