Digital Anthology Sample
Museum of the Moving Picture
watch the following ads (in this order), selected from the menu of commercials for both Bush's and Dukakis's campaigns: "Harbor" (Bush) and "Bay" (Dukakis); "Tank Ride" (Bush) and "Counterpunch" (Dukakis); "Revolving Door" & "Willie Horton" (Bush) and "Furlough" (Dukakis).
Questions for writing and discussion:
#9 Interest Groups
"Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying-- Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides"
New records show some lobbyists are top fundraisers for political candidates By Dan Eggen Washington Post. May 31, 2010
Is the "cycling" of lobbyists in and out of government/lobbying and massive investment in lobbyists a threat to democracy? Or is this pluralistic democracy at its best where policy will result from the push and pull of interests groups acting on behalf of the "people"? Explain in a two page analysis?
Watch Mr. Heath Goes to Washington PBS Expose` Notice that there is a link to a print article as well.
Watch Quid Pro Quo -- "The Insiders' Game" PBS Expose` . If you are interested in more, notice that there is a link to the full program.
Look over Earmark Watch -- Senator Carl Levin. (A project of Sunlight Foundation and Taxpayers for Common Sense).
Critical Thinking. Watch, read and look over the resources above. Then write a paper (minimum three pages) which expresses your enlightened point of view on earmarks. The analysis should reference all of the resouces, but this will not be a summary. Instead, you should indicate that you have weighed each piece of information when coming to your conclusion. You may not leave your position during the argument ("On the other hand....).