Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Democracy in America


1. Would it be better for states to be in control of endangered species issues? Or does the federal government do a better job?

2. Is it right to "bribe" states?

3. Who decides when devolution occurs?

4. Which states have the best welfare systems?

5. Do local governments, state governments, or the federal government do more for our schools?

6. What types of things does Washington usually offer states for agreeing to their laws?

7. What are the differences between state and federal courts?

8. Which crimes are considered a state issue and which are federal issues?

9. Are local law enforcements (such as police men) controlled at the federal, state, or local level? 

10. Do public schools have their own governing bodies?


1. The government has a legal obligation to restore endangered species. 
2. Washington often offers states money to do what they want.
3. 40% of highway crashes and deaths are caused by drunk drivers.
4. Drunk driving standard after sanctions:  .08.
5. Devolution says that power can shift in either direction.
6. Clinton transferred welfare reform to a state power.
7. We have 3 levels of government: local, state, and federal. 
8. All powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the state.
9. The local government must be granted power by the state.
10. Our nation became less centralized in the late 20th century because more powers were given to state governments. 

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