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Interest Groups

University of Hawaii West Oahu

Haijuan Hanger


Well I have to say that this is a very old video nearly twenty five years old, although the information was well presented. The examples with the AARP and the NRA was good as to explain the difference between the broad and narrow along with the quick explanation of a single issue groups. It did not leave me with any question as to the different types of groups. It could have used a few more examples of interest groups of both broad and narrow to give a different comparison on real situation that actually took place. Additionally, How lobbyist take action in getting their issues to the three different branches of government. Such as reports on how much a single type of interest group faired with issues as a result of their lobbying and putting pressure on different congressmen as well as the interest groups personal gains and benefits as a result on issues that they supported. No indication was given as the how much money was spent nor the slightest indication of what congressmen benefited if any. This makes me wonder if there are discloser laws that should be in place to prevent any wrong doing. Not to say that there was. The video, as old as it is provided very basic definition and really could have used a more current video with recent and current related issues of today. I felt more trusting with the example of the broad type Interest Group of the AARP then I did with the narrow Interest group of the NRA. I felt that the AARP was actually working not just for the members best interest but, for the elderly people in general across the nation and their families real issues. When compared to the NRA, The organization of the AARP from what I understood from the video didn't use scare tactics in getting its members active and campaign for certain causes. I can see how the AARP is one of the largest organization in the country and that is because it is built a reputation for working hard on issues that affect not only a very large community of elderly people but, It will most definitely effect every American in the nation at one time or another. Social Security insurance has been promised to Americans sense the Roosevelt era that is nearly 80 years. It becomes a very touchy subject when so many elderly Americans depend on Social Security for survival. AARP continues as well to fight issues of Medicare coverage and discounts on prescription medicine. They have a large member support community that it can negotiate with many companies and organization on rates of services that can potentially bring a large group of consumers. While viewing the video one very interesting point really made me stop and think and collect my thoughts. This was when Pamela Sederholm was providing an over view of how interest groups work lobbyist work with the different branches of government. I felt that she had provided a very good overview as to how these interest groups operate in obtaining their goals while working with the government. Just as if it came straight out of a text book. I felt that she was very young and very naive in the way she portrayed the system, I didn't feel that she had the experience for her position, although it did appear that she was well educated about the system. I may have felt more comfortable if it had been a person a little bit more mature. This was not what the video was about but, someone at the level she was at must have many years of experience . As far as the NRA and Mr. Paul Blackman interview in this video did not make me fell comfortable either. I am not a member of the NRA but, I do believe in the 2nd Amendment of the bill of rights that we Americans have the right to bare arms. I also have common sense when it comes to gun control. It is possible to have gun control and still retain the 2nd Amendment. I think that if the NRA was not so negative and...
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