5 Reasons to Trust/Distrust the Government

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5 reasons to trust/distrust the government
There are many reasons to trust our government; they keep us safe, they protect us and they even watch out for us. One of the main reasons that encourage us to trust the government today is due to the forethought and effort put into its creation by our founders. Our founding fathers were very careful to ensure that the government they were creating with the Constitution would prevent the imposition of a tyranny over the people. Three separate branches of government, all with their own distinct powers, would share power in order to govern. (Schmidt et al, 2010, pg.50). In addition to this, a Bill of rights would ensure the basic rights of every individual.

Our second reason as to why we trust the government is that each branch of government would have a system of checks and balances to over ride the others if needed. The president would have veto powers over the legislative branch, nominate federal judges, and can exercise his executive pardon privileges. The legislative branch requires the presidents to sign a bill, but can over ride his veto with enough votes. They also get to confirm his judicial appointments, and can amend the constitution. The judicial branch can declare that a law or policy made by the other branches is unconstitutional. Checks and balances like these insure that one branch can check or stop the actions of the other branches. (Schmidt et al, 2010, pg.52).

The third reason why we trust the government is that there is a big emphasis on returning back to school. Pell grants are now being given to those who make less than 45,000 a year, this way they can return back to school and better themselves. Right now, even if you have a high school diploma, you don't make anything over minimum wage. So to encourage everyone to go back to school is a good thing. This way when people do get hired they will get someone with a degree of some sort. Another reason we trust the government is that our nation is safe due to the NYC police department’s fast response to Times Square. On May 1, 2010; NYC’s bomb squad was alerted to an S.U.V. in Times Square that had smoke coming out of it. They quickly evacuated the area and got people out of harm’s way. A robot was sent in to diffuse the homemade bomb made up of three canisters of propane, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks and two clocks with batteries. The mayor said the device “looked amateurish.” (FoxNews.com) The FBI worked hard and fast to find out who it was and when they found out they sent out a “No Fly” list to the local airports and stopped a terrorist from fleeing the country. Faisal Shahzad is in custody after a failed attempt to bomb Times Square. They stopped this man and are now in the process of finding more people involved in this plot. No matter where you are and what you’re doing, someone is always watching to make sure that we are safe.

The last reason why we trust the government is there will be, in the next fiscal year, an increase in spending for the Department of Transportation and Homeland Security Agency. What will this mean for travelers? It will mean safer airports and railway systems for millions of people. How can they improve travel and security in the railways and airports? One way is to upgrade the air traffic control systems. The Federal Air Administration will get money to improve arrival and departure procedures by traffic controllers having more flexibility to manage traffic in busy airports. Now in what ways can they improve or upgrade security in airports? A proposal that was made by the Department of Homeland Security was asking for new body imaging devices for airport checkpoints. They also want to get additional baggage screeners to detect explosives. To improve security the DHS is asking to expand the Federal Air Marshal Service. By doing this, there will be more Federal Air Marshals on international flights.

The Constitution is not perfect...
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