Monthly Archives: August 2012

MPSL VLog:Veep, Veep! Here Comes Ryan

Romney has chosen his running mate, and he’s causing a stir. Professor Gaffaney explains.


Government is the Problem, Not the Solution?

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, works together with state and local emergency management officials to coordinate governmental responses to disasters that overwhelm the resources of local and state authorities  in the United States.  In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, FEMA can provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance for disaster victims as well as longer-term recovery assistance through low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners. FEMA has been involved in recovery efforts following natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, and following man-made disasters, such as the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 and the September 11th terrorist attacks.

However, half the country believes the government, specifically the federal government, is never the solution and always the problem. Yet, they were silent during the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, the September 11th terrorist attacks, the destruction caused by hurricane Irene, and now the inevitable devistation of hurrican Issac. Moreover, the governor of any state impacted by a disaster will only receive assistance if they declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster. Not surprisingly, all the governors representing states impacted by hurricane Issac have accepted the serviced of the federal government despite the fact that some have openly questioned the purpose and function of such services in the past.  Clay Bennett posted a cartoon on his blog with which raises a serious question concerning the function of government and federal assistance.  Is government the solution or the problem? Is there a state in the union that is truly self-sufficient?


Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Romney’s Favorability

The conventions are built as campaign boosters for presidential candidates but some wonder if voters’ opinion of Mitt Romney will substantially change after the Republican National Convention. What do you think?

The Colbert Report – 17th Amendment Under Attack

States need their own Chamber of Congress where they won’t be bullied by the people who live in them.

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Ryan as Romney’s VP

Mitt Romney has picked Tea Party darling Paul Ryan as his running mate. However, some political observers wonder if Ryan candidacy is strong enough to help Romney win the White House. What do you think?