Liberal Middle of the Road ConservativeOn Economic Issues (fiscal policy)Conservatives believe: Liberals believe:• Oppose government • That economic control on businesses freedom should be and individuals limited in order to − Example: let business increase equality do what they want and − Example: the marketplace will government should be more free to regulate business to prosper reduce pollution and protect consumers Economic issues include: Taxes, Health Care, Social Security
Liberal Middle of the Road ConservativeOn Social IssuesLiberals believe: Conservatives believe:• The government • The role of should be active in government should promoting health, be limited, except in education, justice supporting and equal traditional moral opportunity values and promoting freedom and opportunity Social issues include: Gun Control, Abortion, Stem Cell Research, Gay Rights
Differences BetweenDemocrats (D) vs. Republicans (R)• Liberal –interpret • Conservative – more constitution to meet the literal/strict needs of today (living interpretation of document) constitution (dead• Higher taxes with more document) services for the people • Lower taxes but less• Larger government- services for the people Government actively • Smaller government- tries to make lives of the People will make their people better own lives better if left alone by Government
Democrats (D) vs. Republicans (R)• Gun Control • Gun Control − Less restrictions citing 2nd − More restrictions on amendment right to Bear owning gun, hoping Arms to stop violent crime • Abortion• Abortion − Anti-choice − Pro Choice • Pro Business• Pro labor − If workers strike − Workers have the companies will go out of right to strike if they business and there will be are treated unfairly no work for anyone
U.S. House and Senate Race Two Houses Divided Senate House of Representatives51 Democrats 435 total representatives47 Republicans 242 Republicans2 Independents 193 Democrats
How does all this relate to Minnesota?• We have 2 Senate seats in Minnesota just like every state − Only 1 seat is up for the election The candidates in 2012 are: Kurt Bills (R) Amy Klobuchar (D) Stephen Williams (I)• We have 8 Representatives and all are up for election. − We elect 1 from each district.
Our District in Anoka/Ramsey is the 6th District
•This is what the County map looked like for the 2008 presidential election.Name the Congressional District we are in, andwho currently represents your district. Who did your district support for president in 2008?
Seminar Questions• Is it better to have Congress and the Presidency controlled by one party or should we split it up?• If Senators and Representatives do not have term limits, why should the president only be able to serve two terms? Should this be changed?• In your opinion, what current issue in the U.S. is the most important?• What issue taking place today will still be an important issue when you are able to vote?• Should the voting age be lowered to allow 8th graders to vote?