Monday, November 19, 2012

Intro of the Final Project - 11/19/12

Dates and topics of Final Project

All of the following dates are approximate and subject to change. Presentation dates will be finalized on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29.

GOVT - Final Project

Your final project deals with today's most important national issues.  Here's what you will do in advance:
  • Organize into groups of 2 or 3 (no more or less)
  • Choose a topic AND a position from the list below
  • Research the topic
  • Prepare an oral argument that supports your position
  • Prepare visuals, photos, video--anything that can be accessed from a school computer and internet connection
  • Prepare a handout for the class (optional)
On the DAY OF your Project, you will:
  • Have 10 minutes to present your argument
  • Have 10 minutes to listen to your opponents' argument (if any exists)
  • Have 5 minutes to take questions and respond to arguments against your position
  • Have 5 minutes to argue against and question your opposition (if any exists)
  • Have handouts to give to everyone in the class.  You may give Mr. Ippolito ONE single-sided sheet to make copies.  You must give this to Mr. Ippolito by 3:00 p.m. the day BEFORE your presentation (optional)
You will be graded on:
  • The quality of your argument
  • Having the FACTS to back up your argument (be prepared to explain your sources, and make sure your sources are reliable--not just, "Well, according to Wikipedia . . .")
  • Having resources to share with the class to back up your argument
Project Topics (or you can choose your own; topic must be approved by Mr. Ippolito before you begin)
  • ECONOMIC STIMULUS Plan (the bank bailout)
    • Support the stimulus plan
    • Scrap the stimulus plan
  • TAX THE WEALTHY to help pay down the national debt
    • Let's increase income taxes on the wealthiest one or two percent of Americans.
    • NO! Any increase of any taxes of any income level hurts the economy.
  • Use MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAN if it is discovered that they are developing nuclear weapons
    • I would support using military force
    • I would NOT support using military force
  • WATERBOARDING of terror suspects
    • It's "enhanced interrogation" and a valuable tool in the war on terror
    • It's "torture" and counterproductive, illegal and/or immoral
    • Labor unions should be limited! Would favor the pro-business positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and similar groups.
    • Labor unions are good! Would favor the pro-labor positions of the AFL-CIO and similar groups.
    • Israel is our ally in the Middle East. We must support them in their fight against terror groups and Muslim extremist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. 
    • Israel has gotten a "free pass" for too long. We must balance our support for them with an acknowledgement that they have been denying Palestinian Muslims rights in the name of national security. 
    • I support increases in the minimum wage. 
    • I oppose increases in the minimum wage. 
    • We should keep it a governmental program, a non-private entity, possibly adjusting the earnings ceiling and/or the retirement age, etc.
    • We should consider other options, including and especially privatization. 
    • I support free trade policies. Free trade is a system in which the trade of goods and services between or within countries flows unhindered by government-imposed restrictions [such as] taxes and tariffs, non-tariff barriers, quotas.
    • I support fair trade policies. (Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards... More at Wikipedia) 
    • I support federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research. 
    • I oppose federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research. 
    • I support the pro-choice positions of organizations like NARAL.
    • I support the pro-life positions of organizations like National Right to Life Committee. 
    • I support the death penalty.
    • I oppose the death penalty.
    • I support gun control legislation recommended by groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    • I oppose gun control legislation, agreeing with groups such as the NRA and the Gun Owners of America.
  • MARIJUANA laws
    • I not advocate any sort of legalization of marijuana.
    • I support legalization for doctor prescribed medical use of marijuana. 
    • I support a general decriminalization of marijuana.
    • We should "repeal and replace" the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
    • We should support the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). 
    • I favor positions of environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters. 
    • I support positions of property rights advocating groups like the American Land Rights Association. 
  • ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW - Arizona SB 1070 is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades. Some see it as a necessity to stop crime and illegal immigration. Others are concerned about racial profiling and constitutional issues.
    • I oppose Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
    • I support Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
    • I oppose both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
    • I support both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
    • I support civil unions for same sex couples. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Midterm Review

Your US government midterm exam is Thursday, November 15. Here are topics you should be ready for:
  1. How does the Electoral College work? How many votes are needed to win the Presidency? What are the strategies for campaigning? What is a "battleground" state?
  2. Who are the Justices of the current US Supreme Court? Know that entire "Supreme Court Justices 2012" sheet with the bios of each Justice.
  3. What is "judicial review"? How did it get started in our country?
  4. Know the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" packet. Know each of the cases, the outcome of each case, and the amendments that apply to each case.
  5. Election 2012--know the names and parties of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates from both major parties and know the outcome of the election.
  6. Bill of Rights--know each of the rights from the "most critical" amendments--#1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Proposition Presentation

For this project, you are going to learn about the arguments for and against the ballot propositions on next month's ballot. I will explain this project more on Tuesday. In the meantime, please start exploring information here:

Posted via email from Mr Ippolito's Government Class

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The latest campaign videos - 10/10/12

Too Many Americans (Romney)

Ian's Letter (Obama)

Raising the Flag (Romney)

Republican Women for Obama (Obama)

Bump in the Road (Romney)

The Top Five Reasons Why Mitt Romney Won't Release More Tax Returns (Obama)

No, I Can't (Romney)

Why Obama Now (Obama)

Ask Our Congressman - 10/9/12

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Period 5 Class

Debate Moment - 10/3/12

City of Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry speaks to my Period 1 Govt class

Presidential Debates - Highlights from Presidential Debate History

Kennedy-Nixon (1960)

Photo gallery of the Kennedy-Nixon Debates from LIFE Magazine.

Ford-Nixon Debate (1976)

Carter-Reagan (1980) "There you go again," and "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

Reagan-Mondale "Youth and Inexperience" (1984)

Bernard Shaw asks Dukakis rape/murder question (1988)

Quayle-Bentsen VP Debate (1988) - "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Bush-Clinton (and Perot) (1992)

Admiral James Stockdale - "Who Am I? Why Am I Here?" (1992)

George H. W. Bush Looks at Watch (1992)

Posted via email from Mr Ippolito's Government Class

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Powers of Congress (National Powers)

If you were absent for Assignment #7 - The Federal System (Venn Diagram), copy the diagram from Page 93 in the textbook into your notes, and then you can reference this slideshow for more information specifically on the Powers of Congress (the National Powers).

The Federal System - 8/27/12


Here's the video we watched before responding to the prompt in the agenda above.