Representation of Interests Matrix and Paper
By: Robert Alcocer
November 26, 2012
Instructor: King E. Carter
Within Public Policy there are different interests that are affected once the issue
has been brought forward to the government by citizens who are sending e-mails, or
telephone calls advising of the issues that are affecting society, what the citizens
do not know is that with every issue within public policy that has to be passed by the
government and attempted to get resolved has a significant affect or groups and
The identified groups and organizations represent my interests in a significant
manner because due to my profession I am aware that crime has been a problem for
society for quite a long time, I am aware that there has been multiple attempts to
reduce crime, such as the hiring of more police officers, programs that protect victims
and witnesses of a crime. Therefore I believe crime is a significant interest.
As for education experiencing affects by public policy, I think this is by
far the most important. I have a child and am extremely aware of the problems
that have affected our education systems significantly due to the lack of financial
support from the government and also the increase in college education, books, etc.
I am aware of the government attempting to clear the tax deficit and financial problem
that our country is currently facing, but education is not the way to do it.
As for the other remaining identified groups such as Foreign policy, Health care,
and Social Welfare, they also represent my interests in a significant manner. For example
Health care, has affected me significant due to our president passed the new reform my
employer checks have significantly dropped from what I used to gross monthly, due to
the fact that we are taking a hit because we are assisting those with no medical
health care and those who are receiving assistance from the government, such as parolees
and prior drug addicts, or convicts.
The groups represent my interest by all means, ultimately besides us taxpayers
who are affected based off the government trying to accommodate all the citizens who
continue to write emails requesting assistance for the interests that are affected by public
As for any instances in which my interests compete with one another, Yes they
are significant. For example, Health care and Social Welfare go hand in hand for me.
The reason that these two interests go hand in hand for me is because once gain based
on my work and what I have been exposed to during the military and also being
familiar with the cost of healthcare, I take it as an offense to provide for those who
personally do not deserve Healthcare. I strongly believe that if your not physically
incapable of working, or able to care for yourself, or gravely disabled I will be
the first one to help these citizens. As for Social Welfare, I also believe that the
government is to lenient on how they assist the needed.
Some of the interest that I chose are significant to me and my family and loved
ones, but I think that the most interest affected by public policy that is in conflict with
those of the general public will have to be healthcare. I remember i was working the
day when our president passed the new Healthcare reform, and how citizens were
running outside the streets celebrating that they will now have medical assistance. At
first I did not think anything of it until the following morning during Roll Call when
we were advised by our lieutenant that it will affect us significantly especially
financially. As the months went by I started to notice my checks to get smaller and
smaller. I am aware that the general public's thinking is different than mine, but do
not get me wrong I will be the first one to help someone I have been doing it for
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