American Government

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Chapter 14 Questions
1. How do political appointees get their position?
2. What are iron triangles? 
3. How can the president and Congress control the bureaucracy? 4. What do bureaucrats do?
5. Why was the merit system established?
6. In terms of government, what is devolution?

The Constitutional Roles of the President
Chief Diplomat:  The president is responsible for setting the direction of United States foreign policy.  The president can make treaties with the advice and consent of the United States Senate.  The Senate must confirm ambassadors nominated by the president.  (See Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.)  

Chief of State:  The president is the ceremonial head of state.  
Chief Legislator:  The president can initiate a legislative agenda for congressional action.  The president outlines his policy goals each year in the State of the Union message to Congress.  (See Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution.)  

Commander in Chief:  The president is the head of American armed forces and state militia when called into national service.  (See Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.)  
Chief Executive:  The president is head of the Executive Branch and presides over a huge federal bureaucracy. (See Article II, Section 1 & 3 of the Constitution.)  
 
Chapter 13 Questions
1. What are the constitutional responsibilities of the vice president? 2. How successful have presidents been in sustaining vetoes? 3. If the vice president resigns, what is the process to fill the vacancy in the Office of the Vice President? 4. What is the Cabinet?

5. Why was the Executive Office of the President created?
6. Which amendment limits the number of terms a president can serve? 7. What are the constitutional requirements one must meet to be president? What are the constitutional requirements one must meet to be vice president? 8. According to the textbook authors, what is the main value of the vice presidency as a political resource for the president?...
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