Am Govt Homework 8 Answers - Student Six

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Answer the first five questions, and then two of the remaining three, for a total of seven questions:

1. Explain what it means when people say that the Democrats won the "ground game" in the last election.

The Democrats won the "ground game" because they knocked on more doors, sent out more fliers and made more phone calls than the republicans, thus convincing more people into voting for Obama instead of Romney.


2. Explain the difference between an "initiative" and a "referendum".

An initiative is only allowed in 24 of the 50 states, but referendum is allowed in all 50 states.

Right, but what is the difference between the two? (-2)

3. Other than your answer to question 1, why else do you think Obama defeated Romney? Explain.

Many people felt that they could relate to Obama more so than Romney, so they voted for him.


4. Explain what "divided government" and "gridlock" are, and what your view of them is.

Divided government is when the Senate and House are opposite parties. Gridlock is when the Senate and House are different parties, and no laws are made, because the two different parties do not agree.

Superb, but the question asks for your view of this also. (-1)

5. Does New Jersey allow an "initiative" and, if not, should it?

New Jersey does not allow an initiative. I don't think that New Jersey should have an initiative, because the government is suppose to create the laws, not the people. If someone wants to make a new law, they should get a job in government so that their requests would be heard.

Very good answer.

7. What is a "recall", and which types of officials are susceptible to it? Would you interpret U.S. Constitution as preventing the people of New Jersey from recalling a U.S. Senator? Discuss.

"Recall" is to vote to remove someone from their political position after the person has had at least one year of service. Governors and Senators can be recalled from office.

Not Senators. (-2)

8. Do you agree with Ron Paul's quote at the beginning of the lecture?

Yes, I agree with his quote.

Good, but explain further. (-1)
Total score: 64/70.--Andy Schlafly 20:59, 23 November 2012 (EST)