Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 30 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 2/9 (# of F’s: 15, # of A’s: 84)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 Friday, 2/17

•Write Your Rep Project  Part 1 (research notes/edited letter/sent letter confirmations/anticipated response paragraph) due 3/1 – instructions:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeHpqSTl0NTY5M0U/view?usp=sharing – ideas for causes/topics to write on (you must be signed in to CSD Google account to view/edit): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1COuaKpKRyqugPOc1EpOqNgCRZsUaAZCkpv9o6WgOa7k/edit?usp=sharing 

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Sections of film “Sicko” – currently viewable here: https://vimeo.com/76646445 –  complete questions to accompany excerpts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdGlhWTVacDE5V3M/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Bill Clinton tried and failed to reform healthcare in 1993, partly because of who he choose to lead the effort.  Who was it? Why was his choice controversial?

2.What did opponents of the reform label it as?

3.What is the special interest group called the AMA? What’d they think of the ‘93 reform plan?

4.How can large American companies that dislike a bill in the US Congress try to defeat it and prevent it from being passed in the first place?

5.A difficult problem to solve in American politics is the “revolving door syndrome,” whereby a politician creates laws friendly to an industry (but not necessarily to the rest of the country), then soon thereafter does what?

6.Though usually portrayed as negative, “revolving door politics” are understandable and/or defendable – how/why?

7.What’s an obvious difference between the American and Canadian approaches to healthcare?  How are they still the same?

Learning Targets:

*Identify techniques one-sided (“propaganda”) films/documentaries use to influence your thinking

*Compare and contrast the US approach to healthcare to Canada, Britain and France

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 31 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 2/9 (# of F’s: 15, # of A’s: 84)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 Friday, 2/17

•Write Your Rep Project  Part 1 (research notes/edited letter/sent letter confirmations/anticipated response paragraph) due 3/1 – instructions:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeHpqSTl0NTY5M0U/view?usp=sharing – ideas for causes/topics to write on (you must be signed in to CSD Google account to view/edit): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1COuaKpKRyqugPOc1EpOqNgCRZsUaAZCkpv9o6WgOa7k/edit?usp=sharing 

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Substitute Day: Work on Write Your Rep Project 2017 – instructions:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeHpqSTl0NTY5M0U/view?usp=sharing – ideas for causes/topics to write on (you must be signed in to CSD Google account to view/edit): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1COuaKpKRyqugPOc1EpOqNgCRZsUaAZCkpv9o6WgOa7k/edit?usp=sharing 

Learning Targets:

*Communicate to 2 elected officials a problem that you see in the world and a solution you would like to fix the problem

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 32 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 2/9 (# of F’s: 15, # of A’s: 84)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 Friday, 2/17

•Write Your Rep Project  Part 1 (research notes/edited letter/sent letter confirmations/anticipated response paragraph) due 3/1 – instructions:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeHpqSTl0NTY5M0U/view?usp=sharing – ideas for causes/topics to write on (you must be signed in to CSD Google account to view/edit): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1COuaKpKRyqugPOc1EpOqNgCRZsUaAZCkpv9o6WgOa7k/edit?usp=sharing 

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14) – if missed class assignment on levies, watch the following presentation and take ¾ page of notes on it: – (must be logged into your Camas Google account to view): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ryBKVpiSp1iZlYQF1FRQvqEQS1m4DrUcBzcS2wSLIqc

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Explain Write Your Rep Project 2017 – instructions:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeHpqSTl0NTY5M0U/view?usp=sharing – ideas for causes/topics to write on (you must be signed in to CSD Google account to view/edit): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1COuaKpKRyqugPOc1EpOqNgCRZsUaAZCkpv9o6WgOa7k/edit?usp=sharing 

•Review Last Class

•Sections of film “Sicko” – currently viewable here: https://vimeo.com/76646445 –  complete questions to accompany excerpts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdGlhWTVacDE5V3M/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Supporters of a government run healthcare system claim it will be cheaper/better because government doesn’t have the same objective as private businesses, which is what? What did Hippocrates think about the subject?

2.What president encouraged the development of HMOs?  Why’d he prefer them?

3.Michael Moore shows the “dirty tricks” HMO’s played prior to Obamacare in order to be profitable.  What were 2 of them?

4.Moore is guilty of playing tricks himself.  What are 2 ways he manipulates his viewers into agreeing to his views on healthcare in America?

Learning Targets:

*Identify techniques one-sided (“propaganda”) films/documentaries use to influence your thinking

*Compare and contrast the US approach to healthcare to Canada, Britain and France

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 33 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 2/9 (# of F’s: 15, # of A’s: 84)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 Friday, 2/17

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14) – if missed class assignment on levies, watch the following presentation and take ¾ page of notes on it: – (must be logged into your Camas Google account to view): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ryBKVpiSp1iZlYQF1FRQvqEQS1m4DrUcBzcS2wSLIqc

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

– 2nd period: take the survey/work on current events until 8:50 – https://goo.gl/forms/Zz5oQcNES6jMCYin2

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Sections of film “Sicko” – currently viewable here: https://vimeo.com/76646445 –  complete questions to accompany excerpts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdGlhWTVacDE5V3M/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Prior to the “Obamacare” law, out of 300 million Americans, about how many had no health insurance?

2.Can someone without health insurance, say a homeless person, get medical treatment for an emergency problem in a hospital?  What’s the consequence of the answer to that question?

3.Prior to the ACA, what was the leading cause of bankruptcy in the USA?

4.What’s an HMO?  How do they try to control health care costs?  What annoying requirement does this impose on members of an HMO (Ex: Kaiser)?

5.The debate over healthcare funding is complex because typically we pay health insurers 3 different ways.  One way is through the annual payment we make just to have coverage.  That amount is called the _______.

6.The 2nd way is when we walk into a doctor’s office– they charge us say $35 before we get to see a doctor – what’s that charge called?  The 3rd way: say they eventually give us 2000$ worth of treatment, but we have to pay 500$ of it first – what‘s that amount known as in insurance speak?

7.Insurance therefore involves a degree of gambling – say you choose that annual amount to be quite low, what effect does that have on the other 2 forms of payment?  What’s the potential problem if you make this gamble?

8.Prior to the ACA, what right did health insurers have if they deemed you too unhealthy?  Why was this a problem?

Learning Targets:

*Identify at least 2 techniques one-sided (“propaganda”) films/documentaries use to influence your thinking

*Define the terms HMO, premium, copay and deductible

*Name and explain 3 problems with HMOs prior to the creation of the “Obamacare” law

*Compare and contrast the US approach to healthcare to Canada, Britain and France

 

 

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 34 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 2/8 (# of F’s: 33, # of A’s: 76)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 Friday, 2/17 (no current events from Friday, 2/10 on it)

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14) – if missed class assignment on levies, watch the following presentation and take ¾ page of notes on it: – (must be logged into your Camas Google account to view): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ryBKVpiSp1iZlYQF1FRQvqEQS1m4DrUcBzcS2wSLIqc

•For 10 pts of current event credit,  attend the CHS International Human Rights Club’s viewing of “13th” from 7:15-9 PM Saturday, 2/11 in the CHS theater

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets (turn in this week’s brain food & current events)

•Review Last Class

•Sections of film “Sicko” – currently viewable here: https://vimeo.com/76646445 –  complete questions to accompany excerpts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdGlhWTVacDE5V3M/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.From what source does more than half of the money required to fund Camas schools come from?  What are the next 2 biggest sources of funds?

2.What does Camas use more than 80% of its school funding to pay for?

3.How is a school bond different than a levy? Why does the Camas community get to vote on the bonds and levies?

4.The Camas School Board, like pretty much all school boards, tries to make it so that the total tax bill community members pay for  their school from year to year does NOT do what?  What is that tax actually based on?

5.According to the Washington State constitution, what is the “paramount duty” of the state government?  In 2012 our state Supreme Court heard a case involving that part of the constitution – what did the court conclude in its McCleary decision?

6.What is “universal healthcare?” Does the USA have universal healthcare as a result of the Obamacare health law?

7.Prior to the ACA, how did we compare to the rest of the world in health care spending – top 1/3, middle 1/3, bottom 1/3?  In healthcare outcomes?

8.Prior to the ACA, were most Americans on private or government healthcare? Afterwards?

9.Name 2 US government operated healthcare providers.

10.As of 2008, about what % of our spending on healthcare went to “administrative costs?” What’s an example of an “administrative cost?”

Learning Targets:

*Identify at least 2 techniques one-sided (“propaganda”) films/documentaries use to influence your thinking

*Define the terms HMO, premium, copay and deductible

*Name and explain 3 problems with HMOs prior to the creation of the “Obamacare” law

 

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 35 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated (Final grades for First Semester) on 1/30 (# of F’s: 9, # of A’s: 19)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 by Friday, 2/17

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14)

•For 10 pts of current event credit,  attend the CHS International Human Rights Club’s viewing of “13th” from 7:15-9 PM Saturday, 2/11 in the CHS theater

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•2017 Levy Presentation with Camas Schools Superintendent Jeff Snell – (must be logged into your Camas Google account to view presentation) – take ¾ page of notes: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ryBKVpiSp1iZlYQF1FRQvqEQS1m4DrUcBzcS2wSLIqc

•Health Care Debate Introduction

Selected Health Care Facts prior to 2009 passing of the ACA:

•The USA is the only industrialized nation on Earth NOT to have universal healthcare (where all citizens are guaranteed health services as a right of citizenship)

•Several Democratic presidents attempted to create a universal system throughout the 20th Century and failed (FDR, LBJ, & Clinton  most notably)

•In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the USA 37th out of 119 nations in “Overall Performance” and 79th in “Overall Health”

•WHO ranked USA 1st of 119 in spending on healthcare

•The CIA Factbook ranks the USA 41st in the world for LOWEST infant mortality rate and 46th for HIGHEST life expectancy (but does that mean our healthcare’s no good?)

•The USA has some PUBLIC (funded by government) health plans/ providers (Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, VA, military)

•Most Americans have PRIVATE health plans

•According to the US Census Bureau, in 2007 15% of the US population had NO health insurance of any sort (other sources say the rate was as high as 29% that year)

•A Harvard Study in the 2003 New England Journal of Medicine indicates the 31% of the money spent on healthcare is for “administrative costs” (executives, secretaries, computers, underwriters, adjusters, marketing, etc. – things that don’t actually provide you with medical service)

Review Questions:

1.Who did President Trump choose to replace Defense Secretary Carter?  What’s the new secretary’s primary qualification? What does his confirmation vote tally say about him?

2.What is one of the new secretary’s colorful nicknames?  What does that nickname say about him?

3.What are 2 of the strong opinions he holds that are relevant to his new job?

4.Examples of Machiavellian actions: In 1967-8,  LBJ’s FBI attempted to black-mail MLK – why?  What president created a secret “enemies list” and used his control over the government to go after his political enemies?

5.Though many liberals support “hate crime” laws, many others vehemently object, saying such laws threaten what other cherished right?  For this reason, the Supreme Court in it’s 2003 Virginia v Black decision struck down a law that made illegal what action?

6.What scenic waterway makes up the background of the city of Washington (and was used by the Brits in the War of 1812 to approach and burn the White House?)

7.Much of modern American’s distrust of government stems from the discovery in the 1970s that Presidents had routinely used the FBI for what nefarious purpose?

8._______________ National Cemetery is located just outside D.C. and is the USA’s most prestigious military cemetery.  What was it before it beacme a cemetery?

9.How can you qualify to be buried there?  What is likely to happen to the cemetery by 2060?

Learning Targets:

*Explain how Washington State citizens fund their schools and what the February 14 CSD levy would do if passed/ rejected

*Identify at least 2 techniques one-sided (“propaganda”) films/documentaries use to influence your thinking

*Define the term “HMO”

*Name and explain 3 problems with HMOs prior to the creation of the “Obamacare” law

 

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 36 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated (Final grades for First Semester) on 1/30 (# of F’s: 9, # of A’s: 19)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 by Friday, 2/17

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14)

•For 10 pts of current event credit,  attend the CHS International Human Rights Club’s viewing of “13th” from 7:15-9 PM Saturday, 2/11 in the CHS theater

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Update Big Wig #7: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQblhOSGw3RG1obGM/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing #10 – “In Excelsis Deo” – take 1 ½ pg notes/reactions/comments – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQUzJXNzhCTXEwRk0/view?usp=sharing 

Review Questions:

1.Who has Pres. Trump nominated to be the next Treasury Secretary?  What does the nominee have on his resume that’s quite common for Treasury Secretaries?

2.Though he has a typical resume, still many Democratic senators are vote against his nomination – what do they dislike about him?  Oddly, while campaigning, what did Trump say about the company the nominee was a leader of?

3.During his confirmation hearings, the nominee established several goals – what are 2 of them?

4.Ever since the sinking of the USS Arizona , the US military has not allowed what kind of people to serve in the same unit, or to be drafted at the same time?

5.You wouldn’t think that grocery shopping could be fodder for political attacks, but tell that to President George HW Bush.  What did a much publicized trip to Safeway in 1992 make people think about him?

6.Debates about government ultimately stem from debates about philosophy.  One early thinker on both subjects was Epicurus.  He taught there was no such thing as “Good and Evil” or “Right and Wrong” and substituted what 2 things in their place?  He said, therefore, the ultimate purpose of life and of government was what?  Furthermore, he taught that humans had no need to fear death – why?

7.What does the US government award “Purple Hearts” for? About how many have been awarded since 1917?

Learning Targets:

*Identify and discuss the qualifications of Trump’s top 3 cabinet picks

*Explain the term “Machiavellian” using Presidents LBJ and Nixon’s FBI as examples

*Discuss the history of Arlington National Cemetery and the requirements to be buried there

 

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 37 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated (Final grades for First Semester) on 1/30 (# of F’s: 9, # of A’s: 19)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 by Friday, 2/17

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14)

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Update Big Wig #6: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQblhOSGw3RG1obGM/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing #9 – “In Excelsis Deo” – take 1 ½ pg notes/reactions/comments – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQUzJXNzhCTXEwRk0/view?usp=sharing 

Review Questions:

1.Who did Pres. Trump make his Secretary of State? How was his confirmation process historic?

2.What’s the new Sec of State’s primary qualification for this formidable job?  What’s something his detractors say make him unqualified?

3.Qualified or not, what are 2 extremely difficult international issues he’ll be in charge of resolving over the next 4 years?

4.What’s the White House attempt to use the Christmas holiday to do?  Why can the White House put up Christmas decorations without violating the 1st Amendment?

5.What is President Trump’s Secret Service code name?  What do the codenames for members of his family all have in common?

6.Just off the National Mall is a long, low black granite wall memorializing what war, nicknamed the “Forgotten War” by historians?  Why was that war so unpopular?

7.“Hate-Crime” laws became widespread after a high-profile murder of a young man named Matthew Shepard  in 1998– why was he killed?  About how many hate-crimes a year has the USA averaged over the past 2 decades?

8.According to FBI statistics, the majority of hate crimes in America are motivated by hatred based on __________. What’s the most common form of “hate crime?”

9.Our nation’s capital has often had troubles confronting the large number of homeless who live there – in the early days of the Great Depression the government actually attacked and burned out an encampment of homeless men who’d come to D.C. for what reason?  Why has the USA in the modern era had a more difficult time confronting the issue of homelessness than Europe?

10.What Federal  agency is responsible for taking care of  veterans who’ve exited the military? The secretary of this department recently stepped down after a scandal involving what?

11.Sadly, mal-treated vets are hardly a new phenomenon in US history – what so angered Daniel Shays and many other vets to launch a 2nd Revolution shortly after the 1st ended? What significant impact did this have on American government as a result?

Learning Targets:

*Identify and discuss the qualifications of Trump’s top 3 cabinet picks

*Explain several historic problems confronting the Veterans Administration

*Explain the term “Machiavellian” using Presidents LBJ and Nixon’s FBI as examples

*Discuss the history of Arlington National Cemetery and the requirements to be buried there

 

Announcements:

•Classes until Spring Break: 38 (45% of year done)

•Grades Updated (Final grades for First Semester) on 1/30 (# of F’s: 9, # of A’s: 19)

•Current event project same for Second Semester, 100 pts due by 3/17

•Quiz 1 by Friday, 2/17

•If possible, VOTE in the Camas Levy (ballots due by 2/14)

•Make a  meaningful contribution to the CWI news source page and get 5 free points on the current event project (you must log in under your camas google account): https://goo.gl/25rdeg

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•New seating chart/change seats

•Update Big Wig #5: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQblhOSGw3RG1obGM/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing #9 – “In Excelsis Deo” – take 1 ½ pg notes/reactions/comments – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQUzJXNzhCTXEwRk0/view?usp=sharing 

Learning Targets:

*Identify and discuss the qualifications of Trump’s top 3 cabinet picks

*Describe the impact of the First Amendment on the displaying of religious icons on public property

*Describe what a “hate crime” is, why laws banning them are controversial, and the general trends of hate crimes in the USA today

*Explain several historic problems confronting the Veterans Administration

 

All grades now in skyward, grading deadline has passed.

Exams, 1/31-2/2 (Tuesday, 1&6, Wednesday, 2&5, Thursday, 3&4) – exam review document here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQN0Y3OFc1TXRsN0U/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Ronald Reagan made the war on drugs a priority – what did the Supreme Court say when he began to drug test his staffers?  What did they claim justified their decision?

2.Typically, why do judges usually get near unanimous approval when nominated for the job?

3.Who writes an “amicus brief?”  Why do they write them?

4.Only a __________ can issue a “subpoena,” which requires people to do what?

5.The Constitution does not specifically say we have a right to privacy, instead it’s inferred from rights stated  in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Amendments.  What are 2 rights stated there?  The right to privacy could also be covered by the 9th Amendment, which makes what very interesting point?

6.What is the most obvious reason for why concerns about the right to privacy have become stronger since the Constitution was written?

7.Modern medical professionals still take a version of Hippocrates’ (“ The Father of Medicine’s”) Oath – what are 2 things he made doctors promise?

8. The recent arrest of famous conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and a study documenting a 350% increase in abuse by well-to-do American teens highlights the unique problems of ____________ drugs.  Problematically, such well-to-do folks think these drugs are somehow safer/better than others, but studies document what often occurs as a result?

9.What did Locke say governments should do with the “natural laws” that existed since the beginning of time? What do “activist” judges often do when the government fails to do what Locke urged?

10.In theory, why are “activist” judges bad? How have they occasionally been good?

11.Most federal trials begin in __________ courts, then proceed to an ____________ court.  About ___% make it to the __________ court.

12.What’s a basic stat we can use to evaluate how “good” a lower-court judge is?

13.Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg set an interesting precedent that all judicial nominees since her have more or less followed whereby the nominee, when being interviewed by the Senate, does what?