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Electoral College

response one

According to our textbook the Electoral College, which is made up of electors from each state. Each state is allocated equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress (Levin-Waldman, 2012). Basically this is saying that the amount of representatives from each state is based upon the state’s population. Florida for instance gained 2 electoral votes because its population is increasing (Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, 2016). There are a total of 538 electoral votes and a candidate needs to win majority of the votes to win. That number is 270.
One pro for this system is that a lot of Americans do not follow politics or simply do not or cannot vote. This system was designed so that representatives were chosen due to their wisdom and knowledge of politics, not due to their preference for any particular candidate.
A con for this system is that most Americans feel like their vote does not count. That is why a lot of people I know and work with do not vote.
What I would change without formally abolishing this system is that we get rid of the representatives and then just vote using the popular vote. The popular vote would then win the candidate the amount of electoral votes for that state. That way every American will have their voice heard.

reponse two

During a presidential election, the Electoral College determines the President. The Electoral College is comprised of 538 votes from the states and the number of votes a state has is determined by the number of Senators and Representatives combined in that state. Each party assigns electors that pledge their vote to that party’s candidate. Once the popular vote is tallied, and a candidate is selected for that state, the winning members of the Electoral College have their vote counted and the state is awarded to the candidate (Levin-Waldman, 2012).
Some will argue that the Electoral College is not a democratic manner in which to choose the President while others maintain full confidence in the current means to elect the President. In states whose votes are not proportionate to their population, the numbers are inflated. A vote in a high population state will inevitably count less than a less populous state with the minimum number of Electoral College votes. In addition to the disproportionate populous votes versus EC votes, the issue of swing states arise. For instance, if a state such as California is expected to vote in a specific manner and there is a state with a large number of EC votes without a determined candidate, the candidates will spend more time in the undetermined state while alienating the determined state’s voters. Finally, presidents sometimes fall into a situation where they win the EC vote, but face a House with a majority members that belong to the opposing party (Bates, 2004).

Historically, Republicans have supported the EC because of a desire to maintain states rights and an adherence to the foundation laid by the founding fathers. Conversely, Democrats have supported either amending the Constitution to abolish the EC or even going as far as to supporting a state level legislation that awards EC votes to the winner of the national popular vote (Gizzi, 2011). The latter proposal would effectively remove the power of the states to determine the president.

I can see the points made by those that support the EC in that the states hold the power in electing the president. As a Constitutional supporter, I also understand that the Constitution was created in such a manner that would allow changes to be made if the situation arose. I feel that in all fairness, the president and any elected representative should be elected based on popular vote. The power of the people in electing their leaders should prevail, not the choice few.

Levin-Waldman, O. M. (2012). American government [Electronic version]. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Bates, N. (2004, October 26). What are the arguments made in favor – and against – the Electoral College? History News Network. Retrieved from

response three

A big part of life my life is under the executive and judicial branch has a very big influence on my life. The one of the biggest things would be raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour once that is done that creates a Snowball Effect. First it’s $15 an hour the workers and then the number 1 Value Meal instead of being by $5.50 it becomes $9.
Then once that is done now McDonald’s will have to increase their food items. The National Restaurant Association says a $15 base would force employers to replace workers with technology, such as touch-screen ordering tablets. It says about 90% of restaurants are small businesses that lack deep pockets. “Fifteen dollars is too far, too fast,” spokeswoman Christin Fernandez says.
And wants McDonald’s employees receive $15 I can see Wal-Mart employees doing the exact same thing. You can see that this is not going to end well for Wal-Mart. They are wanting the exact same thing then the snowball, becomes an avalanche and with the Wal-Mart employees expecting $15 an hour. You will have all of the truckers that are driving all these routes instead of the normal $0.25 to $.35 cents per mile. The driver would expect $0.50 per mile from Wal-Mart. The big oil can see their diesel price going up instead of being as of right now right around $2 per gallon. The oil companies could see that they would need to cash in on that, so now it would go to $4.50 per gallon. Each person will take their little bit peace and they are trying to bridge the gap between the lower-income and the middle-class income. The only way they can change that is by changing their job. where it is more of a skill and not a label intense job like as in a fast food restaurant. In that same breath we will have all the people that are skilled trades and that are working in factories. They would also like a raise too!! throughout the nation to expect more. You cannot increase the wage of the people without having repercussions that would be catastrophic throughout the nation. As long as we can stay the course and if it needs to be raised to $8 or $9 that can be justified, but going up to $15 would start an avalanche Across the Nation and the Chain Reaction. That would not be a good site it can put it back into that bubble that we had in 2007 with the housing market and people are just now starting to make a comeback from that. California is the first state to give worker $15 now we will see what happen in the next few years. How this is going to run in the state or is it a boom in the making.

rsponse four

The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act of 2003 replaced the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 and expanded upon the latter legislation. President George W. Bush, signed the new law in December 2003 to reflect the changes in life since the 40’s. This law allows servicemembers to break certain lease agreements and halt certain judicial proceedings while serving their country in specific instances (SCRA, 2003). This law affected my personal life in many instances. I was afforded the opportunity to terminate my cellular phone contracts while deployed without affecting my credit worthiness. I was also afforded the opportunity to break multiple lease agreements when receiving orders to a new duty station without penalty from the lease holder. I have also been allowed to lower interest rates on many of my debts to 6% due to this law.

Many of the provisions of SRCA also benefited my wife once she left active duty in 2006. As my spouse, the provisions provided in SRCA were passed to my wife as my spouse which greatly affected our ability to pay off our debt before I left active duty in 2013. We both benefited from the provision that our state of residence remained the same as when we entered the military, allowing us to pay less of a tax penalty when filing taxes out of state (Save and Invest, 2016).

Save and Invest. (2016). Getting to Know the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SRCA). FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Retrieved from

SRCA. (2003) Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act. Retrieved from

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