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Carter, Congress, And Comprehensive Legislation: A Look At Cercla And The Legislative Process, Christian S. Miles Apr 2014

Carter, Congress, And Comprehensive Legislation: A Look At Cercla And The Legislative Process, Christian S. Miles

University of North Georgia Annual Research Conference

Comprehensive legislation can take years to pass Congress. Yet some bills manage to successfully maneuver the legislative process on the first go around. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) is one example. This essay relies on published research to analyze CERCLA's path through the legislative process and examines the political environment of the 96th congress to explain why CERCLA passed relatively easily. It suggests three factors, beyond the Democratic majority of the 96th congress, contributed to CERCLA's rare success: a presidential-partisan majority, presidential rhetoric, and party polarization. It argues that these three concepts ...


Franklin And Friends: A Discussion Of The Protestant Work Ethic, Erica Y. Barker Apr 2014

Franklin And Friends: A Discussion Of The Protestant Work Ethic, Erica Y. Barker

University of North Georgia Annual Research Conference

This transcript serves to analyze the Protestant Work Ethic in the eyes of political thinkers such as Benjamin Franklin, Cotton Mather, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Winthrop. It is set in modern talk show hosted by Benjamin Franklin and ultimately finds that many of these political philosophers believed that the people’s ‘obligation to work’ would benefit society as a whole.This paper also serves to analyze the political nature of all five politicians and philosophers.