Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Earmarks Likely to Continue, but With Details - New York Times

Earmarks are spending items that an individual congressperson puts into an appropriations bill for a specific purpose. We will be discussing them more when we talk about the budget process, but this article is a good introduction to some of the controversies surrounding them.
Earmarks Likely to Continue, but With Details - New York Times

Monday, January 21, 2008

How Voters Think - New York Times

Brooks' description of how voters think is fairly consistent with much of the political science literature. He concludes that this is ultimately a good thing. What do you think? Is it good that voters think this way? Since we live in a participatory democracy, it's an important question.
How Voters Think - New York Times

Friday, January 18, 2008

Bush Calls for $145 Billion Economic Aid Package - New York Times

While much of the political news has been focused on the presidential race, there have been some interesting developments related to governing. With heightened concerns about the economy, Bush and Congress seem more interested in trying to do something about it. This story raises some interesting questions:
Bush Calls for $145 Billion Economic Aid Package - New York Times
Since we have a Democratically controlled Congress, and a Republican president, what are the chances that his proposal will pass? Are there reasons to believe that this type of bill has a better chance of passage than others, even under divided government? You will also find some good background info about the Bush tax cuts, which will be discussed later in the semester.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Feb. 5 Primaries to Pose A Super Test of Strategy - washingtonpost.com

Here is what we have to look forward to after the SC primaries:
Feb. 5 Primaries to Pose A Super Test of Strategy - washingtonpost.com

Since it will take a different type of campaign to do well on Feb. 5, those who perform well in Iowa and New Hampshire won't necessarily continue to perform well. Which candidates do think will be advantaged by Super Tuesday?