Research Papers on U.S. Federal Politics

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  • Argument: Illegal Immigration Has a Negative Effect on the U.S. Economy

    This 8 page paper examines the proposition that illegal immigration has a negative effect on the U.S. economy. It argues that while this population segment has a negative effect in some areas, particularly California, overall the illegal immigrant population has a small positive effect on the economy as a whole. The idea was to argue that illegal immigration’s effect is negative but the evidence does not support that conclusion. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Updated Student Manifesto

    A 3 page essay in which the writer/tutor offers suggestions for writing a political manifesto for the current generation. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Libertarian Manifesto of John Hospers

    In four pages this report examines the Manifesto 'Each human being has the right to live his life as he chooses, compatibly with the equal right of all other human beings to live their lives as they choose' as articulated by 1972 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers. There are no other sources listed.

  • McCarthyism and Anti-Communist Action During the 1950s

    This 4 page paper examines the era through original newspaper sources. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Addressing the Problems of Illegal Immigration

    This paper proposes that providing amnesty to illegal immigrants would enable them to step outside the shadows and make even more contributions to American society than they already make. The bibliography of this five page paper lists five sources.

  • The Fourth Amendment and Its Meaning in America Today

    The writer examines the Fourth Amendment which prohibits illegal search and seizure, and why it is being disregarded in America today, especially since September 11. The paper is five pages long and there are four sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Overview of Illegal Aliens

    Illegal aliens are considered in this overview consisting of five pages. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • A Wall is Not the Answer to Illegal Immigration

    This research paper/essay offers a persuasive argument that takes the stance that a wall between Mexico and the United States is an effective solution for illegal immigration. The writer describes the reasons why people migrate across the border, despite the risks, and the other factors involved. Six pages in length, four sources are cited.

  • Effects of Illegal Immigration on the United States

    In seven pages this expository essay examines the impact of illegal immigration on America, pointing out that despite its obvious drawbacks, there are also important benefits to consider regarding this issue as well. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Basic Human Right of Health Care

    In five pages this paper argues that for individuals healthcare access should be regarded not merely as a privilege but as a basic human right. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Importance of Voting

    This 5 page paper gives an explanation of why voting is important. This paper includes things such as voting laws in Kansas and why people Americans choose not to vote. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Some Legal Aspects of Hoover Dam

    A 5 page paper discussing the federal government's efforts to reduce the sheep and goat herds of the Navajo Indians in the early 1930s in environmental concern about the contribution of silt to the reservoir that would be created by the Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam brought much improvement to life in the Southwest in terms of electrification, flood control, water availability and irrigation, but in many respects it did so at the expense of the Navajo people and the Navajo way of life, and largely with impunity. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • United Kingdom and United States Government Processes

    In ten pages this tutorial consisting of student supplied information contrasts and compares the governmental processes of the United Kingdom and the United Nations. There is no bibliography included.

  • Impact of Illegal Immigration on the U.S. Economy

    This 6 page paper discusses the impact illegal immigration has had on the U.S. economy. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Immigration, Pros and Cons

    An 8 page research paper that discusses the pro and cons of the immigration debate, offering an overview of immigration policy that considers history, as well as the present. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • American's Government Distrust and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    In five pages this paper discusses the increasing distrust Americans have developed in their government since the JFK assassination and the Warren Commission report findings issued the following year with other reasons for this growing distrust also considered. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Torture in Bush’s America

    This 6 page paper argues that torture is permissible only in extremely narrowly-defined circumstances, not as a routine method of dealing with prisoners. It argues further that the Bush administration has in fact made the definition far too broad, and embraced torture; this is not surprising for an administration that is secretive, corrupt and power-mad. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • “Chimpanzee Politics”

    An 8 page overview of the many similarities that exist between humans and chimps when it comes to group dynamics. Using the book by Frans De Waal as a reference, this paper highlights how chimp group dynamics share more similarities than they do differences with politics in American government. No additional sources are listed.

  • Freedom of Speech According to Duke University Professor Stanley Fish

    In twenty one pages this paper critiques Professor Stanley Fish's views on freedom of speech as expressed in There's No Such thing as Free Speech and it's a Good Thing, Too and The Trouble with Principle. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • War on Drugs and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970

    This 4 page paper gives an explanation of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. This paper includes the wars on drugs and includes a review of literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Christian View on Immigration

    A 10 page research paper/essay that examines the questions of how Christians should view immigration issues. This examination of immigration issues, with a particular focus on the United States and illegal immigration, seeks to establish a consensus of how scholars feel Christians should regard immigrants and immigration policy. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Illegal Immigration and the Cuban Issue

    American immigration policy as it pertains to Cuba has been a sea of contradictions, especially when compared to the policy on Haiti. This paper examines the problems with Cuban immigration and compares it to immigration as a whole. Cites financial, social and historic aspects. This paper has thirty pages and fourteen sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • U.S. Immigration Reform

    In three pages United States immigration issues are considered in a discussion of various reform measures including 1986's Immigration Control Act and the need for an immigration program that is more positive. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • American Population Impact of Immigration

    In seven pages this paper examines the immigration effects upon the population of the U.S. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • No Child Left Behind - Illinois

    This 3 page paper examines the No Child Left Behind Act, and argues that it will ultimately fail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    This 12 page paper discusses the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the recent battle over extending its provisions. The extension was signed into law in August, 2007, with its controversial provisions intact. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Pros and Cons of Affirmative Action

    This paper argues that while affirmative action has had some negative impacts, the positives outweigh those negatives.

  • The Necessity for and Effectiveness of Affirmative Action

    This 10 page paper takes as a given that affirmative action is a solid program that should be reinstated; the argument it pursues is how best to defend the support of affirmative action programs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Gas and Electric Utility Industries Automatic Systems of Meter Reading

    In fifteen pages the increasing trends of employing the technology of automated meter readings in the gas and electric utility industries are examineed in terms of available types, networks, and the benefits of AMR technology. Thirteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Electoral College

    This 5 page paper reports the history of the Electoral College, when it was established, why, its purpose, legal foundations for it, how it works, how Electors are selected, number of Electors, election quirks with the Electoral College, how Electors vote, elections deferred to Congress, who administers the Elector College and how it has evolved. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Second Chance Act of 2007 and Transition Programs

    This 3 page paper gives an explanation of the transition programs for prisoners. This paper includes the Second Chance Act of 2007 and how it changed these programs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Department Of Homeland Security And Intelligence

    A 2 page paper that discusses what 'intelligence' is and the purpose of the intelligence community and the purpose of the Dept. of Homeland Security. The writer comments on the relationship between intelligence and homeland security. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • FEMA’s Response to Hurricane Katrina

    A 6 page research paper that evaluates FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina from a PR standpoint. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Affordability of Health Insurance Letter to U.S. Senator Bill Frist

    In four pages this sample letter to Sen Frist describes the lack of health insurance affordability and the need for health insurance for individuals who do not qualify for public assistance. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Arguing about the Minimum Wage

    This 4 page paper discusses three issues with regard to the Minimum Wage: probable consequences of raising it; the differential aspects of the Minimum Wage and whether or not it’s effective in fighting poverty. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Abortion According to Ronald Dworkin

    In five pages this paper discusses Life's Dominion An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia and Individual Freedom by Ronald Dworkin as it describes his abortion views and discusses the sociopolitical flaws in his arguments. There is the inclusion a bibliography.

  • The Failure of the American Intelligence Community Exposed by the September 11 Attacks

    In five pages this paper considers how American intelligence failed to warn citizens of the September 11th attacks and how forecasting the event would have assisted in taking precautions that might have prevented or minimized the damage. There are six bibliographic sources cited.

  • The Importance of 9-11

    A 6 page contention that 9-11 should be considered the most important event of the last century. This contention is justified on the basis of the societal changes that have occurred since the September 11, 2001 terrorist destruction of the New York World Trade Center and the subsequent attack on the U.S. Pentagon itself. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nuclear Power: An Environmental Necessity

    A 5 page assessment of nuclear power as a feasible environmental option. This paper argues for nuclear power and discounts the controversy over whether or not it contributes to greenhouse gases. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Civil Rights Act of 1991

    A 7 page research paper/essay that discusses the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in order to provide damages in regards to employment discrimination cases and to make it clear how provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act pertain to “’disparate impact’ actions. The writer discusses how its provisions affect the workplace. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1991

    A 3 page summary of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • The Patriot Act

    A 10 page research paper that examines The Patriot Act. On March 9, 2006, the Patriot Act was renewed after a year of proposals, counterproposals, two extensions and extensive negotiations (Pike 1). Despite numerous compromises and revisions that are intended to safeguard the civil liberties of American citizens, the Patriot Act and its implementation continue to be a source of hot debate and contention. This raises numerous questions about the Patriot Act. Is it effective in regards to issues national security? Does it unnecessarily violate citizens' civil liberties? Is it being used as a convenient ruse that allows the federal government to suppress its political opponents? Or is the Act being used within an ethical, focused manner that targets only national security threats? This examination of literature on the Patriot Act attempts to answer these questions and present the facts pertaining to this controversial legislation. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • 1995 Ruby Ridge Incident and How it Could Have Been Prevented

    In six pages this paper discusses how property and life loss resulting from the Ruby Ridge incident could have been reduced. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Private Investment in Rural America

    A 3 page exploration of the factors that typically discourage private investment in rural areas. With very few exceptions, monies are invested with the express purpose of returning a profit. In comparison with rural areas, metropolitan areas have more of the people and the infrastructure that is needed to accomplish that purpose. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Same-Sex Marriage

    A 6 page research paper that discusses public policy on same-sex marriage, which is a divisive public policy issue that continues to divide the nation, as there is no clear consensus on what either federal or state public policy on this issue should be. The following discussion of same-sex marriage draws on current sources in order to ascertain what the state of current public policy on gay and lesbian marriage in regards to courses of action, identification of the major actors and how this relates to "winners" and "losers." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Life and Times of Liberal Democracy by C.B. Macpherson

    In a paper consisting of five pages Macpherson's arguments as presented in his text are considered in terms of their persuasiveness and valuable insights. There are no other sources listed.

  • Leveling the Playing Field with Affirmative Action

    This paper broaches the question of whether Affirmative Action should be nullified. The contention is made that it is just as needed today as it was in our past. There is one source in the bibliography of this four page paper.

  • Chapter Review Administration

    This paper reports on a chapter in Classics of Public Administration. The chapter is about Public administration theory and separation of powers. The three ways to approach public administration in terms of defining it are explained. There is one source listed in the bibliography of this three page paper.

  • History of Minimum Wage, Supreme Court to Rule on ACA

    This research paper is in two parts. The first part offers a brief history of the minimum wage law, and the second describes the circumstances leading to the Supreme Court's decision to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the requirement of the Affordable Care Act that all citizens must purchase health insurance. Three pages in length, two sources are cited.

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965

    A 3 page paper which examines and analyzes the need for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Peace Legacy Left by US Secretary of State Warren Christopher

    In 10 pages this paper examines Warren Christopher's contributions to world peace in a discussion that includes ending the Bosnia war and the Dayton Peace Accords. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Considering the Week in the Life of an American President

    In a paper containing five pages a U.S. President's life during a typical week is considered and includes a discussion of President George W. Bush's 2001 activities and includes former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. There are four sources cited in the bibliography.

  • Missile Defense System of President George W. Bush

    In five pages this paper discusses why a sophisticated antiballistic missile program is needed in a discussion of the differences between President Ronald Reagan's SDI, the first President Bush's global protection program and the antiballistic missile defense policy of the second President Bush. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • American Public Policies

    A review of several of the most troubling public policy arenas of the modern day. These include health, welfare, education, and energy. The paper outlines concerns in each and emphasizes the importance of public policy in addressing these concerns. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Racial Segregation and Housing

    In four pages this paper discusses the perpetuation of racial segregration in housing suburbs throughout history and the incriminatingn role the government has played throughout the historical development of this socioeconomic problem. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The U.S. Invasion of Iraq is Justified by the U.N. Security Council Resolutions 660, 678 and 1441

    This 10 page paper argues that the U.S. invasion of Iraq can be justified by interpreting Security Council Resolutions 660, 678 and 1441 in light of the Vienna Convention, which sees them as treaties. Once Iraq was in non-compliance with the resolution it had breached a “treaty,” enabling the U.S. to suspend that treaty and take military action. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Overview of the Free School Lunch Program in the United States

    In eight pages the U.S. free school lunch program is examined in terms of its origins and various conditions. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Funding Delays for First Responders on 9-11

    Although promised billions of dollars from the federal government, the first responders to the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks have yet to receive them. This questions questions why. Four sources are listed.

  • Security Concerns of Central and South American Airline Employees

    In five pages this paper examines South America and Central America flight and cabin crew dangers regarding port arrivals and departures. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Obama's Speech to Schoolchildren

    There was so much outrage over the White House issuing lesson plans focusing on Obama's upcoming speech to schoolchildren that the lesson plans had to be abandoned and the White House issued the text of the speech ahead of time. The paper uses Federalist 58 and the 1991 experience of President Bush to discuss current implications. Four pages, seven sources.

  • Influence Peddling: The K Street Project

    This 4 page paper describes the K Street project, a Republican lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Fair Tax

    A 3 page consideration of the proposal to eliminate federal income tax and to replace it instead with a national sales tax. This paper contends that the fair tax is In reality the fair tax would not put the tax burden on lower and middle class Americans but rather would shift it to the wealthy where many feel that that burden rightfully belongs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Foreign Financial Aid and the United States

    In five pages this paper examines the funding of Israel by the United States in the ongoing war on terrorism. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Department Of Homeland Security

    An 8 page paper. This paper provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The paper discusses the purpose of the Department, its goals and its budget. The paper also comments on fiscal regionalism, globalization, cutback and surplus management, foreign trade zones and funding to other governments, such as state governments. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Stifling Talk Radio/First Amendment Issues

    This research paper/essay begins by describing the importance and significance of the First Amendment, relating this to a history of the Fairness Doctrine and how an amendment proposed by Sen Dick Durbin last year was designed to resurrect it. The writer cites sources in order to argue that Durbin's intention was to stifle conservative talk radio. Five pages in length, six sources are cited.

  • Amendment to the Constitution to Ban Tobacco

    This research paper takes the premise that it is a proposal for a Constitutional amendment that would ban tobacco products. The dangers of tobacco are briefly discussed, but the main body of the paper describes the amendment process. Three pages in length, three sources are cited.

  • Public Values and How They Are Influenced by Special Interest Groups Regarding Video Game Violence

    In five page this paper discusses video game violence in an overview of both sides of the debate and also considers how special interest groups influence the values of the public. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Video Games, Sex and Violence

    The regulation of sex and violence in video games is argued in a paper consisting of three pages. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.


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