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Supreme Court Vs. Congress (Higher)

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    Posted by Kels (U15215297) on Wednesday, 6th February 2013

    Hi, I'm really struggling on the following essay question

    'Critically examine the effectiveness of Congress and the Supreme Court in limiting the powers of the President'.

    So far I have wrote the following:

    In recent years it has shown that both Congress and the Supreme Court can both equally limit the powers of the President, however this is only to a certain extent.

    The Supreme Court is an important feature in American politics this is because it has the power to declare governmental actions unconstitutional, this means that the rules that the government come up with is not in accordance to the rules that would normally be made by a political constitution. Whereas, on the other hand the President and his/her cabinet are not able to be part of Congress as they are expected to wait in order to gain Congress’ approval in order to pass laws and declare laws.

    I'm not sure if I'm doing it right though.... :S

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    Posted by Modern Studies Teacher (U15172411) on Monday, 11th February 2013

    Hi, I'm really struggling on the following essay question

    'Critically examine the effectiveness of Congress and the Supreme Court in limiting the powers of the President'.

    So far I have wrote the following:

    In recent years it has shown that both Congress and the Supreme Court can both equally limit the powers of the President, however this is only to a certain extent.

    The Supreme Court is an important feature in American politics this is because it has the power to declare governmental actions unconstitutional, this means that the rules that the government come up with is not in accordance to the rules that would normally be made by a political constitution. Whereas, on the other hand the President and his/her cabinet are not able to be part of Congress as they are expected to wait in order to gain Congress’ approval in order to pass laws and declare laws.

    I'm not sure if I'm doing it right though.... :S 
    Hi,

    You're on the right tracks, just focus on what you want to say. Small point to begin with "in recent years, it has been shown that the Congress and the Supreme Court can limit the powers of the President, but only to a certain extent". Slightly tweaked, but clearer. Remember the question is about the separation of powers between the 3 branches of power - the Executive (President), the Legislative (Congress) and the Judicial (Supreme Court).

    So, your opening paragraph means that you now want to outline some powers of the President, then show how the Congress has limited these powers over the past few years. Examples of the power of veto are important because you can explain that before legislation becomes law, Bills must be signed by the President. If, however, the President disagrees with a new law he can refuse to sign it. Remember though, that Congress has the power to override a Presidential veto if a Bill is passed by two-thirds of the representatives of both Houses. An Executive Order can bypass the Congress in making a law, but only in certain circumstances - watch the developments in gun control following the recent shooting in Connecticut. Keep this structure in mind as you work through your essay. Power - limitation - example.

    Now explain how and pick an example of the Supreme Court's ability to limit power - Obama's health care plans, perhaps? On what grounds can the SC limit Obama's proposals - how effective might this be this in blocking them?

    Your overall assessment on the effectiveness of Congress and the Supreme Court in limiting the powers of the President depends upon whether you feel the evidence you have provided indicates that the President can entirely/ mostly / sometimes / never get his own way in the face of the limitations placed upon the Executive by the Legislative and Judicial branches of power.

    Hope this helps - sorry my response is a bot slow, I've been ill smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Kels (U15215297) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    Thank you so much for your help, I can't thank you enough!

    I finished my essay but I am yet to hand it in to my teacher as she was off ill all last week so never had the chance... I got told she might not be in tomorrow as well which is rather annoying!

    If I posted my essay on this, would you be able to tell me what my mark would be for the essay? I don't want to wait another week or so until its marked as she's a very slow marker:/

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    Posted by Modern Studies Teacher (U15172411) on Friday, 1st March 2013

    Thank you so much for your help, I can't thank you enough!

    I finished my essay but I am yet to hand it in to my teacher as she was off ill all last week so never had the chance... I got told she might not be in tomorrow as well which is rather annoying!

    If I posted my essay on this, would you be able to tell me what my mark would be for the essay? I don't want to wait another week or so until its marked as she's a very slow marker:/

     
    By all means post your essay & I can let you know what I think - this would certainly help others too...

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    Posted by Kels (U15215297) on Saturday, 9th March 2013

    Sorry its taken me a week to get back to you, I've been revising everyday and haven't had a chance to properly relax, I guess the joys of exams!

    I'll have to hunt down the essay as I've put it into a different folder compared to my class one.. In the mean time, would you possibly be able to mark this essay...

    ‘The powers of the Scottish Parliament are so limited it is unable to effectively represent the needs of the Scottish people.’ Discuss.

    When the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999 it was given a number of devolved powers in areas such as education, health and social work. Therefore, the Scottish Parliament is able to make decisions over these matters and as a result Scottish people are entitled to have direct input on these matters.

    Over the past few years, the Scottish Parliament has maintained free student tuition as well as free personal care for the elderly. Therefore, to an extent the Scottish Parliament is able to effectively represent the needs of the Scottish people.

    However, Westminster has the power to set budgets for the Scottish Parliament; therefore the Scottish Parliament cannot truly represent the people of Scotland, because they are limited by financial restraints.

    In addition, the Scottish Parliament has no control over Defence and Welfare. On the issue of Welfare Scotland is shown to be further left within the political spectrum, therefore it can be argued that it should remain a UK responsibility in order to insure that individuals receive the same social rights. However, only the Westminster Parliament can pass legislation in these areas, and as a result many people consider that these are important aspects of Scottish people’s lives and therefore should not be decided by the Westminster Parliament.

    Similarly, according to government statistics there has been growing support for devolution in Scotland and as a result more people want more powers for the Scottish Parliament. However, in 1979 a Referendum was held on proposals by the Government at the time to establish a Scottish Assembly, but only a small majority voted in favour of the proposals raised in Parliament.

    I appreciate its a different topic all together but this is one of the topics I have been really struggling to grasp, so I'm hoping my revision has paid off with this essay!

    Thanks again :D

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