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Honors US Govt and Economics

Course content will include an examination of the political process, political ideologies, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the branches of government, as well as rights and responsibilities of individuals in our government system. The course will address the laws of supply and demand, forms of business, measurement of the national economy, federal government finances, government influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation, as well as personal finance.

  Honors US Gocernment & Economics - $10/class   minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Ed Moody                         edmoody@questforeducationsandarts.com

Honors US Gocernment & Economics - $10/class   minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Ed Moody                        
edmoody@questforeducationsandarts.com

September 12, 2017

God bless our time together.  

It was good to see some familiar faces, and a blessing to meet some new ones as well.

Remember, for NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.


We talked about...

  • Governmental types
  • Anarchy
  • Dictatorship
  • Totalitarianism
  • Theocracy
  • Democracy
  • Republic
  • Oligarchy
  • Absolutism
  • Parliamentary/ Constitutional Monarchy
  • Modern "Democracy" and all of its attributes.

Also, you NEED to have a copy of the Constitution, including all XXVII amendments.  It can be in whatever layout you are inclined to have, but make certain it has room to annotate and take notes.  To quote a law professor I had years ago (I forget his name but remember the quote) "A well scribbled Constitution is a sign of liberty"

Here are some good ones online:

God Speed.
Dr. Moody
 

There have been several of you who have inquired as what is and is not a viable and credible news source, here is list for your reference.  Next to each site, I have noted whether or not they tend to be more liberal, middle of the road, or conservative (right).

 

REPORTING:
(L=leans Left, C=Centrist/ Moderate leaning, R=leans Right)
Fox News (R)
CNN (C/L)
ABC (C/L)
CBS (C/L)
NBC/ MSNBC (C/L)
Wall Street Journal (C/R)
New York Times (L)
National Public Radio (L)
Washington Post (L)
Los Angeles Times (L)
USA Today (C)
The Nation (L)
Atlantic Monthly (L)
The Progressive (L)
Capitol Hill Blue (L)
Christian Science Monitor (C)
Washington Monthly (C)
Cook Political Report (C)
World Press Review (C)
National Review (R)
Weekly Standard (R)
Right Wing News (R, duh)
The New Republic (R)
Politico (R)
Drudge Report (R)
Associated Press (C)
Gallup Polling
Rasmussen Polling
Zogby Polling
Talking Points daily memo

September 19, 2017

It was good to see so many U.S. Constitutions on the desks.  Make certain to bring those next week

For NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class, either positive or negative.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.

We talked about...

  • Mayflower Compact
  • Declaration of Independence
  • "Democracy"
  • Written/ Codified law
  • "Liberty"
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Right to Trial by Jury
  • Right to an Attorney
  • Establishment of the United States as a Christian nation

Make certain to finish the identification of "Rights and Liberties" mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.  Remember, not all of them are mentioned, and some are mentioned several times.

God Bless America.

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September 26, 2017

It was a pleasure to read through the Declaration and the beginning of the U.S. Constitution

For this week:

1. For NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the Constitutional concepts that we talked about today in class, either positive or negative.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used, and be prepared to present it.

We talked about...

  • Legislation/ Legislative powers
  • House (435)
  • Senate (100)
  • Congressional delegates (5: Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Washington D.C.)
  • Vacancy provisions
  • Congressional requirements for membership
  •  

2. Make certain to summarize IN YOUR OWN WORDS the Congressional enumerated powers listed in Article I, Section 8.  

3. Review and look to the Congressional provisions we studied today.  Also be ready to articulate (talk about) the overall "Table of Contents" for Article I-VII.

God Bless America

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October 3, 2017

It was good to see so many U.S. Constitutions on the desks.  Make certain to bring those next week as well.

For NEXT CLASS, you are to find a current event in the news that utilizes or speaks to any of the concepts that we talked about today in class, either positive or negative.  Summarize the article, talk about what is being used from Article I, and be prepared to present it.

Also, answer the scenarios in the attached document regarding Article I and be ready to turn them in on Tuesday.

God Bless America.

October 10, 2017

I am amending what we talked about in class.  After our discussions, I hope and pray that you are all developing an understanding of the Constitution as it is THE foundation for our nation, whether it is followed or not.

For next week:

1. Your answers to last week's questions look good.  Fill out and complete the attached scavenger hunt.  For each number, respond with the Article and Section for the entry.  For instance, The power to grant letters of marque would be: Article I, Section VIII.  They need to be in Roman numerals.  The amendments are NOT included.

2. In the class text (Barron's U.S. Government and Politics) read chapter 8 (the Legislature) before next week.  Identify and DEFINE IN YOUR OWN WORDS the key terms that are identified at the beginning of the chapter (pg. 173)

3. Print up the attached "Bill to a Law" flow chart and bring it t class on Tuesday.

4. As you pray daily, pray for our nation, the men and women defending it so that we may worship openly, their families, and our leadership - that they may turn to God and guide us all in a religious revival.

October 17, 2017

Thank you for your attentiveness today in looking to the Legislative Branch.  Grades for the scavenger hunt, and current events will be updated by the end of the week.

For next week, we will be continuing to look at the legislative branch and why certain Congressmen and Senators vote the way they do based on geographic location and other demographic factors, as well as liberal and conservative ideologies.  

 

1. To that end, You need to take and record the outcomes of at least three POLITICAL IDEOLOGY tests.

You must take the POLITICAL COMPASS TEST (https://www.politicalcompass.org/test)

Pew Research Center, where do you fit? (http://www.people-press.org/typology/quiz/?src=typology-report)

World's smallest political quiz (https://www.theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php)

2020 or 2016 Presidential selector (http://selectsmart.com/PRESIDENT/)

Or, can search for and find one of your own.

ALSO

2. So that we can make certain to look at Congressional influence and impact on US Government make certain that your current event involves ONE OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP.

 

October 24, 2017

I have enjoyed our time together thus far and I pray that you are learning and gaining a broader understanding of the workings of our government.

 

For next week:

1. Make certain to continue to look for references to government in the news.  Look to the list of "legitimate" news sources and find stories where an understanding 1) The Constitution, 2) the Legislature, or 3) demographics (the study of why people vote or act the way they do) allows you a better understanding of the story, as well as WHY it is important.

2. Look at the "Pima County demographics" and tell me:

a) how each town (Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Vail, Green Valley) is likely to vote (Liberal or Conservative) and b) AT LEAST 5 (five) reasons WHY you say that.

3. Read the article The Changing Demographics of America and fill in the attached Demographics HW worksheet and summary question.

God Bless You and God Bless America

 

October 31, 2017

Happy Reformation Day

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Thank you for a great discussion today regarding demographics and the changing nature of voting in the United States.  For next week, we are going to be looking at the Federal bureaucracy.  To that end, do the following:

1. Complete the assignment "Bureaucratic Life." It should be attached to this yellow box.

2. Look at Chapter 10 in the book (Pg. 209) and define the list terms at the beginning of the chapter (Acquisitive agencies - Spoils system) USING YOUR OWN WORDS.

3. Every week, I will be giving a fun fact... just for fun.  

Fun fact of the week: Due to a loophole in the US constitution, the Vice President would preside over his own impeachment trial.  Impeachment in the United States is when the legislature presses formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. These civil officers are often given a trial that is presided over by some other government official.  When the impeachment trial involves a US president, the Chief Justice is required to preside over the Senate trial. In other trials, the Vice President presides in his capacity as President of the Senate.  Due to this unintended omission in the Constitution, however, the Vice President would also have to preside over his own impeachment trial. 

 

November 7, 2017

I cannot express enough how much I enjoy our conversations, both during and after class.  The wonderful thing about the study of Government is the discussion that inevitably occurs.

 

This week.

 

1. After a week off, look for current events that have something to do with THE VOCABULARY you looked at in Chapter 10.  Make certain to cite which vocabulary word or concept you are pointing to and how an understanding of it is incorporated in your article.   BUT DR. MOODY, we're now talking about the Judiciary?!?! I know, but keep in mind, they are all interrelated.

 

2. You are to complete a short biography of each of the 9 justices.  Each biography must include:

•Name

•President who appointed them

•Political disposition (liberal, moderate, conservative)

•Religion

•A peculiar or fun fact for each justice.  (For instance, did you know that Justice Kagan is so obsessed with frozen yogurt that she had a machine installed in her office that dispenses three different flavors.)

 

Any credible web site will do, but these are good places to start:

www.supremecourt.gov

www.oyez.org

 

3. We are going to be continuing to look at the Courts and how they influence all aspects of government.  To that end, look at the following short articles and identify any words, phrases or concepts that are unfamiliar, completely foreign, or that you still do not understand.

About the Supreme Court

Also about the Supreme Court

 

Go to the following Web site.  Identify any issues, words, or concepts that are still foreign to you in each of the three sections.  ALSO take the short quizzes at the end of the page for: The U.S. Supreme Court, about Federal Judges, and  Judicial Independence,  

Judicial Learning Center

 

4. Fun fact: 

No U.S. president has lived and died without a new state being added during their lifetime.  Meaning, no U.S. President has been born and buried under the same flag.  The United States is almost unique in how our government is organized. The balance of power between the federal and State governments is constantly altered, and with each new addition the balance is changed in some way. Originally starting with 13 colonies, in the early years we expanded relatively quickly. In the early 20th century there had not been a state added for some time after Arizona in 1912.  It was not until 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii were added, meaning the flag changed to include 50 stars (after a brief period of 7 months with 49 stars). Until a president is born after 1959 without the new addition of a state, the statement will remain true. For those expecting Obama (born in 1961) to be the first, it looks like Puerto Rico might just break the over 50 years of non-additions, or North and South Dakota will unite to create the new state of Dakota (which, by the way is an ancient Sioux word for cold nothingness)

 

FYI: the official designs by the Vexillogical (Flag)  Bureau within the State Department are as follows.  The Senate would have the final decision on which one would become the official version.  The VB recommends them in order from top to bottom.

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November 14, 2017

I cannot express enough how much I am enjoying our conversations, both during and after class.  The wonderful thing about the study of Government is the discussion that inevitably occurs, and the unfolding current event that keep updating what we know.

 

This week.

1. After the week off, look for current events that have something to do with THE VOCABULARY you looked at in Chapter 10.  Make certain to cite which vocabulary word or concept you are pointing to and how an understanding of it is incorporated in your article.   BUT DR. MOODY, we're now talking about the Judiciary?!?! I know, but keep in mind, they are all interrelated.

2. You are to also summarize the 1) Circumstances of the case, 2) the Constitutional Question, and 3) the Precedent IN YOUR OWN WORDS of the following cases:

•Plessey v. Ferguson (1896)

•Brown v. Board of Education ('54)

•Engle v. Vitale ('62)

•TLO v. NJ ('85)

•Bush v. Gore ('00)

•Citizens United v FEC (Federal Election Commission) ('10)

 

Any credible web site will do, but these are good places to start:

www.supremecourt.gov

www.oyez.org

 

3. We are going to be looking at Elections when we come back from break.  Please summarize IN YOUR OWN WORDS the terms at the beginning of Chapter 12 (page 247)

 

4. Fun fact: A $5 bill with Santa Claus on it was once a legal tender!

In the 1850s, the Howard Banking Company printed legal tender with Santa Claus on his sleigh with reindeer. From the time the American Revolution ended until 1861 private banks were the ones who printed legal tender.  Today, the federal mint under the auspices of the Treasury Department issues all of the paper currency in the United States. Anyone else doing it is committing a federal crime. The money from back then is now called "obsolete bank notes". Each bank made their own paper money and they often ended up being quite colorful.  In the 1850s, several banks used Santa Claus in their money. The Santa who graces this Howard Banking Company bill is descended from Sinter Klaas, a traditional figure brought by Dutch settlers to New York in the 17th century.

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Fun Fact #2 The first thing Buzz Aldrin did on the moon was take communion, but NASA kept it a secret so they wouldn't be sued!

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever step foot on the Moon. On 20 July 1969 his Apollo 11 mission successfully landed on the Moon and although Aldrin was supposed to be the first person out of the spacecraft, he instead came out second due to awkward positioning.  Though, there is speculation that he actually was second due to losing a deciding game of rock-paper-scissors to Neil Armstrong.  Regardless, his first action after landing was holding a short religious service.  Aldrin, a Presbyterian, upon landing said, "I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way." He then gave himself communion, the first person to ever do so not on Earth.  NASA and Aldrin decided to keep this a secret because of a recent lawsuit that atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair had enacted against them. O'Hair complained against the reading of Genesis on Apollo 8. Her case made it to the Supreme Court and although Aldrin was not allowed to tell anyone that he had taken communion, the government still allowed him to do so.

 

November 28, 2017

I have enjoyed our time together, and it is disheartening to me that our semester is almost over.  Next week, we will begin reviewing what we have been over, as well as investigate and go over elections and their characteristics.

 

For this week:

a) in way of review, watch that attached short video SuperPACs

b) using Open Secrets (Center for Responsible Politics) or other viable sources (see credible media sources from the second week) answer the following about 

  • YOUR Congressman
  • Senator Jeff Flake
  • Senator John McCain, 
  • Donald Trump
  • ANY OTHER POLITICIAN OF YOUR CHOICE

 

  • How much money has this candidate raised?
  • How much cash does this candidate have on hand?
  • What industries (ie: oil, real estate, transportation) are the major contributors to this candidate?
  • Who (singular individual/ company) is the #1 contributor to this candidate?
  • How much PAC money do they have available?
  • Complete a current event specifically dealing with the topic of Elections (U.S. or otherwise).

December 5, 2017

December 12, 2017

Welcome back to Economics!  

This presentation is also being posted on the yellow box for your reference.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unable to access or view the presentation. 

 

When opening the presentation go to "Slide Show," then click on "Play from Start."

God speed, see you on 16 January.

 

Instead of playing directly off of google doc, follow the following steps...

1. Click on the link to open the powerpoint.

2. When it pops up, download it to your desktop using the download icon in the upper right corner

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3. Click on "Download anyway." I assure you that there are no viruses imbedded in the program.

4. Click on "Slide Show" in the top bar.

5. Click on "Play from start."

 

Attachments area

January 9, 2017

January 16, 2017

Welcome back to economics!  Looking at your definitions, I am glad that the video worked so that we did not fall too far behind.

I have shared the power point we went through, attached to this yellow box. 

Looking at what we went through, I want to make sure, before we start looking at Supply and Demand examples and messing with the market through unnecessary government intervention, what we will call "economic externalities," I want to make sure that we are on the same page with determinants of both Supply and Demand.

Therefore, you are to come up with a SPECIFIC EXAMPLE for each of the 8 determinants of Demand and 4 determinants of Supply.  You also need to explain in sentence how or why it is an example.  For instance, 

Availability of Substitutes: Ruger firearms are an example of of a substitute for Smith and Wesson firearms.

 

FUN ECONOMIC FACT(S)

1. Start with a dollar.  Double it every day.  In 48 days, you'll own every financial asset that exists on the planet (approximately $200 trillion).

2. As of January 2017, there are 14 people left in the world who were born in the 1800s, according to the Gerontology Research Group.  With dividends reinvested their entire life, U.S. stocks have increased 28,000 fold during their lifetime.  Invest now, hold onto it.

3. If you divide up their net worth by age, Carlos Slim and Bill Gates have accumulated more than $100,000 for every hour they have been alive.

 

January 23, 2017

Supply and Demand homework...

Remember, as you look at the following scenarios, to go through the questions and steps for each market.

1. What is the market? (label it)00
2. What is changing or being effected?
3. Is that change an issue of supply or demand?
4. Is a price or determinant being effected (first)?  Which one?
4. Does your graph make sense given the changes?
6. Make sure to label: price (p), Quantity (Q), S1, D1, S2 or D2, market being effected.

Supply and Demand Practice Exercises

FOR EACH SCENARIO BELOW,

·       Draw a graph, label the axes correctly, and the name of the specific market at the top.

·       Utilize the “economic questions” in order to draw the following graphs.

·       Draw the original supply and demand lines, equilibrium, price, and quantity.

·       Draw the change in price, supply, or demand, including new equilibrium, prices and quantities.

·       Provide a SHORT narrative rationale for the graph, including determinants that may be effected.  Refer to the factors that shift supply and/ or demand curves (there may be more than one involved).  This need only be a couple sentences, but should be an explanation of what is occurring. 

 

1. The market price for University of Arizona shade tents is $200.  Big 5 sports announces a two-day sale next week where UA tents are 50% off.  What will happen in the market for the UA pop up shade tents at the UA bookstore?

 

2. Show what will happen in the market for burgers when Idaho (and its potatoes) gets destroyed in the inevitable war with Canada.  Draw the market for hamburgers.

 

3. The minimum wage rises from $7.25 an hour to $17.00 an hour.  What happens in the market for cheap beer?

 

4. New brands of MP4 music players have recently appeared on the market to compete with Apple’s iPod.  What might happen in the market for all iPods?

 

5.  Hurricanes in Florida have caused the price of Orange Juice to exceed $7.00 a gallon.  What happens in the market for Apple Juice?

 

6. Over the past two years, the price of Netflix has dropped to an average of $7/ month.  What is happening to the market for Century movie theater tickets?

 

7. Football is America’s sport. Though, the expectation of a vibrant season was dampened by the possibility of a season long labor dispute were the players refused to work.  Because of the settlement of this dispute, and the workers agreeing they were wrong and going back to work, what will happen in the market for NFL team gear?

 

8. A new technology allows vehicle air bags to be produced for less than $15 a piece (It was previously $29 a piece).  How does this effect the market for Toyotas?

 

9. A new business opened in Tucson bringing 1000 new computer engineers to the city.  How are home sales in the Foothills effected?

 

10. Labor union leaders score a big pay raise for union workers at GM.  What might happen to the market for new GM cars?

 

11. The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new policy mandating that all new cars have a higher MPG (Miles per Gallon) rating.  What happens in the market for used cars?

 

12. If a sudden plague killed all people over the age of 60, what might happen in the market for polyester jump suits, black socks and white loafers?

 

13. The Wall Street Journal headline reports “Pfizer drug to pay record $2.3 Billion settlement over fraudulent marketing.” Draw the market for Pfizer drugs.

 

14a. The Wall Street Journal headline reports “Harley Davidson is ready to kick start sales in India” leading to sales of Harleys in a country with 1.8 Billion people. How does this affect the global market for Harleys?

 

14b. … for Honda motorcycles in Southeast Asia?

 

15. The United States experiences an increase in immigration that leads to a population increase of over one million.  What will be the effect of this immigration on housing?

 

16. The government imposes a per-unit excise tax on soda. Illustrate the impact of this tax on price and quantity of Cola.

 

17. An unexpected period of bad weather adversely affects the coffee bean crop.  Use a supply and demand graph to illustrate the affect of this bad weather on the price and quantity of nondairy creamer.

 

18. The two favorite juice drinks in the American economy are Snapple and Poweraid.  The makers of Snapple have invested in new technology that increases their productivity.  This technology is not yet adaptable for the production of Poweraid. Illustrate the market for Snapple.

 

18b. … for Poweraid?

 

19. The price of gasoline increases by 30 cents per gallon due to newly imposed governmental taxation. Illustrate the impact of this increase in the price of gasoline on the market for motorcycle helmets.

 

20. The cost of Private University is $45,000 per year and the cost of the University of Arizona is $17,000 per year. Both schools have excellent academic records.  Due to federal budget cuts,  student loan qualifications are currently severely restricted. What is the impact of this governmental action on the enrollment in Private University?

 

21. Use a supply and demand graph to illustrate the effects on price and quantity of milk from the following events:

A. The cost of feed used for milking cows increases.

B. A highly regarded scientific study reveals that drinking two glasses of milk a day causes cancer.

 

22.  Use a supply and demand graph to illustrate the effects on price and quantity of college education from the following simultaneous events:

A. The government provides additional money for college scholarships directly to high school seniors.

B. Because of serious loss of value in their endowments, colleges reduce the number of faculty by an average of 20%.

 

23. Use a supply and demand graph to illustrate the effects on the market price and quantity of steel from the following simultaneous events:

A. The government provides health care insurance that reduces the cost of labor to industry.

B. A major project to renovate bridges increases the need for steel.

 

January 30, 2017

February 6, 2017

February 13, 2017

February 27, 2017

March 6, 2017

 

March 13, 2018

TEA.  Remember to review both Monetary (OMO, R2, Discount Rate) and Fiscal policy (Taxation and spending (Direct and Transfer))

Next week we will begin to explore the influence of corporations on the economy and look at the markets (DJIA, NIKKEI 225, NYSE, NASDAQ 100, S&P 500, currency, commodity, futures)

 

March 20, 2018

March 27, 2018

April 3, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 17, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 1, 2018