Sunday, July 31, 2011
A TEST TO PROTECT VOTERS FROM IGNORANT POLITICIANS
Having observed politicians in Congress on the recent debt ceiling debate, I have decided that--for the good of the Goververned--ALL candidates for national office be required to pass a simple civics test. We need to know before they begin to campaign--and certainly before their possible election--whether or not they understand the very job they want us to elect them to perform.
(RELAX, Voters--you are exempt from this requirement unless and untill you decide to run for office.)
Okay, pencils ready--Here is the test for political candidates. (Candidates, don't worry--this is a “take-home test;” you are welcome to “ask for help, if needed”.)
It is multiple-choice. HINT: only one answer is correct. Ready?
1. The three branches of the US Government are:
A) the people, Congress and the President;
B) the House, Senate and the Press;
C) the President, Congress and Supreme Court.
D) the House, Senate and the President;
2. The US Debt Ceiling is the amount of money:
A) the President would like to spend;
B) the Democrats would like to spend;
C) the Republicans would like to spend;
D) the Congress has already spent, plus the projected amount owed over the period of time decided by Congress.
3. All spending bills originate in:
A) the President’s office;
B) the House;
C) the Senate;
D) a bipartisan committee from the House and Senate
4. A bill becomes law when:
A) the House passes it;
B) the Senate passes it;
C) both the House and Senate pass it, and if there is disagreement on details, a conference committee makes changes, and then the President signs it;
D) both the House and Senate versions of the bill are sent to the President and he decides which one he likes best.
5. If the President vetoes a bill:
A) it goes back to the Senate and House where it must get a 2/3 vote of both chambers to over-ride the veto:
B) it goes back to the Senate and House where they change it, and it automatically becomes law;
C) it goes back to the Senate where it must get 60 votes before it becomes law;
D) it does not become law no matter what.
6. The number of Congressmen/women in the US House currently is:
7. The number of members of the US Senate is:
8. If one party controls (has the majority of members) the House, they get to elect the "boss" of the house. This person is known as:
A) the Majority Leader;
B) the Speaker;
C) the Majority Whip;
D) the President
9. If one party controls the Senate, their "boss" is called:
A) the President;
B) the Majority Leader;
C) the Leader of the Caucus;
D) the Majority Whip.
10. Each state’s representatives in Washington include:
A) two Senators and a variable number of House members based on population;
B) two Senators (one from each party) and House members based on party ratios in each state;
C) two Senators and six Congressmen/women;
D) Senators and Congressmen from the political party in the majority in that state.
11. To amend the Constitution of the United States:
A) The proposed amendment must have a majority of votes in both houses of Congress;
B) The proposed amendment must have two-thirds of the votes in each House of Congress and then be sent to the President for his signature or veto;
C) The proposed amendment must pass each house of Congress by a two-thirds vote, and must then be ratified by three-fourths of the states;
D) The proposed amendment must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President.
The correct answers will appear in my next Blog.
Good luck, SC Congressional Delegation!