04/16/14 Econ Homework

April 16, 2014

Copy and answer questions 1-13 from page 382-383 to review Chapter 14. Due on Monday.

04/16/14 Gov’t Notes and Homework

April 16, 2014

Complete 2 pages of Cornell notes for Chapter 14-4 from page 405-408.


Chapter 14: The Presidency in Action
Section 3: Diplomatic and Military Powers

Treaty Power
A treaty is negotiated by the President through the secretary of state.
The Senate must give its approval, by a two-thirds vote of the members present.
The Senate does not ratify treaties. Instead, the President ratifies it by the exchange of formal notifications with the other party or parties to the agreement.
An existing law may be repealed by the terms of a treaty.

Executive Agreement
An executive agreement is a pact between the President and the head of a foreign state.
It does not require Senate’s consent.
Most come from of legislation already passed by Congress or out of treaties to which the Senate has agreed.
The President can make them without any congressional action.

Critical Thinking

1. Provide examples of this statement: The President’s power of recognition can be used positively or negatively.
Positively: President Truman’s recognition of Israel, within hours of its creation in 1948, helped that new state to survive among its hostile Arab neighbors.
Negatively: The President may show American displeasure with the conduct of another country by asking for the recall of that nation’s ambassador or other diplomatic representatives in this country.

2. Why does the U.S. need to recognize China diplomatically even though it has abused human rights?
Because China is our country’s biggest trading partner and it has a great impact on our economy.

3. Under what circumstances might the President declare a country’s diplomat to be persona non grata?
The withdrawal of recognition is the sharpest diplomatic reprimand or disapproval one government may give to another and has often been a step on the way to war.

4. Which of the President’s powers is almost unlimited? Why?
As commander-in-chief, the president’s power is almost unlimited because he has control over the military without needing any congressional approval.

5. How has the Congress limited the president’s military powers?
Congress passed the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
The resolution’s central provisions require that:
(1) Within 48 hours after committing American forces to combat abroad, the President must report to Congress, detailing the circumstances and the scope of his actions.
(2) A commitment of American forces to combat must end within 60 days, unless Congress agrees to a longer period. That 60-day deadline may be extended for up to 30 days, however, to allow for the safe withdrawal of the American forces involved.
(3) Congress may end the combat commitment at any time, by passing a concurrent resolution to that effect.

6. Interpret the following statement: “The purse and the sword must never be in the same hands.”
If the president controlled the budget (purse), his power would be hard to check if combined with his power over the military (sword). Congress can limit his executive power by controlling the military budget.

04/15/14 Econ Period 5 and 6 Homework

April 15, 2014

Chapter 14 – Taxes and Government Spending
Section 3 – Federal Spending

Complete the following statements.
1. Social Security is not a “means-tested” entitlement because…
2. To qualify for Medicare, you must be…
3. Medicaid is different from Medicare because…
4. The most troubling problem plaguing entitlement spending is…
5. The biggest discretionary spending item is…

04/14/14 Gov’t Homework

April 14, 2014

Copy and answer questions 1-6 on page 384 to review Chapter 13-5.

04/10/14 Gov’t Homework

April 10, 2014

Copy and answer questions 1-6 on page 363 to review Chapter 13-2.

04/09/14 Econ Homework

April 9, 2014

Complete 2 pages of Cornell notes for Chapter 14-3 from page 371-374. Due on Friday.

Econ Homework for 4/7//14

April 7, 2014

Copy and answer questions 1-7 on page 336.

Complete 2 pages of Cornell notes from page 365-369 for Chapter 14-2.


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