The most obvious form of political participation is, of course, voting- usually through general elections and referendums. However, the percentage of people who voted in a general election dropped from 83% in 1984 to 72% in 2000, and only 65% of people voting in the 2010 general election. This may well be due to a lack of interest in modern politics, or the feelings that your vote will not have a great impact on the outcome of the election, or a distrust of many of the politicians standing for election. In addition, Crewe’s survey of young people in Britain found that 80% of British pupils engaged in little or no discussion of political affairs at home. If the height of interaction between young people and politics is so limited, it seems doubtful that the political interest of tomorrow will be any better than the political interest of today.
Since World War II no other election has ever involved 65% or more registered voters. Elections for state and local elections are even lower. As we may all know the United States of America is a Democracy. In other words, the people will decide who will lead the country and what the country will do. Why do people still don’t vote and then later whine about who gets elected?
In recent years, government mistrust has become rampant. In the past, approximately 75% of Americans trusted the government most or all of the time. However, this number has sharply decreased. In the Gallop’s annual governance poll conducted in September of 2011, only 19% of people were satisfied with the way the country was being governed. First, it is important to recognize that these polls suggest that Americans are displeased with the people in charge of our government, not the institution as a whole.
over the 3-year period from 2003 to 2005. Total assets dropped $1 million, or 3%, but remain near $35 million. The most notable asset change is the $500,000, or 8%, decrease in accounts receivable. However, cash did increase $200,000 which gives the company the opportunity for business investment in the coming fiscal year (“University of Phoenix,” 2006). A positive trend shows that total liabilities have dropped $1.7 million, which is accounted for by a $2 million, or 42%, decrease in long-term debt.
The company’s net cash from operations also decreased from 262.69 million to 233.58 million in 2005, a difference of 29.1 million. This decrease in operational cash flow was largely attributed to a significant increase in inventories to 164.41 million from 43.63 million. In addition, Tiffany posted operational losses of 12.03 million and increased prepaid expenses of 16.34 million in 2006. However, the company effectively managed its accounts payables for the year at 17.79 million, a significant change from the prior year. In addition, Tiffany increased ‘other non-cash’ items within its operations to 67.01 million.
Since Jimmy Carter only three presidents have been elected to a second term. In 2012 we are seeing a very similar link between Jimmy Carter and the now incumbent Barrack Obama. Both have suffered low economic growth, high inflation rates, high interest rates, high unemployment rates, and although President Obama hasn’t had to deal with a hostage crisis he has had to deal with wars on two fronts and the breakdown of long lived peace agreements in the Middle East. Just like Carter, this physical year saw one of the lowest increases in pay for military personnel in recent history, and with a loss of confidence from the American people this election is shaping up to be a repeat of the election of 1980. The significance of this election will not hold the same weight since there are no indications that it will bring a massive realignment of Parties as the 1980 election did, but should force people to vote for the prosperity of this nation and not just for the Party they are affiliated
Between 1945 and 1997, electoral turnout was between 71% and 83%. However, every election from 2001 has seen the lowest turnout since 1945, with a record low being 59% in 2001. The decline in electoral turnout certainly suggests a decline in interest and participation in politics. Voter apathy is on the rise – in 2001, ITV reported that 70% of viewers showed little or no interest in the publication of election results – while party identification figures are falling. The percentage of people with ‘very strong’ identification with either of the two main parties was a low 13% in 2001.
Blinder’s essay was thought out and written properly on one point I think was off. Blinder referred to the “No Child Left Behind” as an institution set up to help student get ahead, when that very program nulls the thinking of students. Alan Blinder will need college students to work “on developing a creative workforce that will keep America incubating”(Blinder 12) but within the No Child Left Behind Act students are forced to learn at the same pace as the slowest student in the room, which does nothing for the new innovator of tomorrow who will become bored with school after having to slow there pace of learning. If Alan would have used this act as a part of his reform in the educational system it would have supported his claims of the system that we already have is hurting of future and not insuring that our younger generations will be able to compete in this
“For Once, Blame The Student” The article “For once, blame the student” by Patrick Welsh expresses the idea that American students are falling behind academically not because of the common excuses themselves. I agree with the article and have seen through first-hand experience as a student that a large portion of American students have lost the internal motivation and determination needed to succeed academically, i.e. my 7th period. In “For once, blame the student” Welsh talks about the way students who have emigrated to the United States often do better in school than the middle and upper class American students. Welsh says the reasoning behind the emigrated student’s success is the self determination and motivation to do well in school, as well as hard work exerted by the students.
The photographic paper market similarly declined from a peak in 2003 to about 60% of the size by 2011 (4). In short Kodak lost ground in its shrinking primary market which had been a much better revenue generator than digital proved to be (5). Kodak belatedly declared a digital strategy in 2004; eight years after its revenues had peaked. This strategy was still based on photographic prints as an end point for consumers, which proved flawed. Kodak both invented and successfully marketed professional and consumer digital cameras.