POLS 112, April 11 Video/Discussion Notes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Shelby Kolb on Monday April 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 112 at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo taught by Kathryn Logan in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see Political Science 112 in Political Science at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
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Date Created: 04/11/16
POLS NOTES DAY 4: Video (When the Levy Broke) Why is Federalism a blueprint for conflict?? Fighting ,drugs, alcohol, crowding when everyone fled the city. (after hurricane Katrina) State police could not verify reports of chaos going on in city… “Most disasters like this bring out the best in people, but it was bringing out the worst,”- governor of Louisiana. Police of city exaggerating of about what was going on and making things seem worse. Took President Bush a long time to finally address the catastrophe that hit the Gulf region. When he finally did address it, he said he “wasn’t informed.” There was information prior to the storm that Bush ignored because arrogance of power and people were socially and racially unimportant. Day 4/5 and government still did not appear at scene of disaster CNN news anchor and her research assistant had more intelligence than government officials… Mayor of Louisiana runs out of resources expects States to come in and help… (criticism of Mayor for dragging his feet before hurricane hits. Warned businesses first of hurricane ) Local government didn’t have capability of handling crisis alone. Next level (State governor) utilized state resources and marshal law. State governor asked in every way possible for national help. Federal government doesn’t react quickly. FEMA (Federal emergency medical agency) is on the ground since day one, but head of FEMA (Michael Brown) wasn’t qualified. Secretary of Homelands Security failed to declare this event as a “national disaster” so Federals couldn’t release any national support/help. President Bush flies over tragedy after two days, but didn’t land. criticized. Looters = people who steal things in times of crisis (thieves) This would have played out different if we had a unitary government… things would have been implemented more quickly and efficiently. Federalist #51 Anti-federalist papers in response to federalist papers. Interest groups = bound to a common interest. Madison worries that one faction could take over; so argues for a large Republic. Large republic would result in more faction groups, though… less likely for one faction to take over. (review of federalist #10) How to prevent tyranny of the majority and of the few: o Divide government to create separation of powers. o Compound federal system = central government and state government o How can you truly separate powers of government ?? – people elect each branch separately . o Today, we can only elect legislative branch Best means to secure = not elected, president nominates them, permanent tenor
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