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President Detective. When you are voting for a President… What factors should you consider?. There’s a reality show that anyone 18 and over can play every 4 years . The prize is having the person you think has the best qualifications win the Presidential election. Are you up to the task?
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt hid the fact that he needed a wheelchair because of polio. He was worried that people would think he would not be a good president because of his disability. FDR is considered one of the United States’s greatest presidents.
“What stereotypes do you think come into play that we have not elected many very young or many very old presidents?”
People may choose a candidate based on which “group” they wish to belong, based on “Who they would like to go to lunch with?”, based on “Who they think has the most in common with them?”, or “Who their friends are voting for?”
Write a paragraph about why these methods may NOT get the best President?
Just like everything on a reality show is NOT always true, some of the political ads you will hear on the radio, see on television or read on the Internet will NOT always contain correct facts. It will be your responsibility to discover what is true and what is not true. You will be a President Detective.
There are also fact checking sites you can use to find out if something is true or false such as http://www.snopes.com/politics/politics.asp
Unlike multiple choice tests, issues have no right or wrong answer; it all depends on what YOUbelieve is best for you, your city, your state, and your country. Sometimes what is best for you may not be what is best for your neighbor.
You may have protecting the environment as your top issue. If there is a break in the proposed pipeline critical water supplies would be polluted. Crops could be damaged and people could get sick.
However, the Keystone pipeline is not first oil pipeline in the US and the safety issues have been minor so far.
So while it may seem easy to say I will vote for the person who wants to stop it, one must consider that the economy is very bad right now.
Current oil pipelines in US
People are losing their jobs and their homes. Students are homeless.
If the pipeline is built thousands of families would have jobs and money for homes or apartments again. It may help the economy by lowering gas prices so people spend less money getting to work.
There has been debates if the number of pipeline jobs are accurate. There has also been questions about gasoline prices being lowered because the pipeline gasoline could be sold to other countries.
You will never find a candidate that has exactly the same opinions you do on ALL of these campaign issues. So you will need to prioritize the issues, decide which ones are most important to you. Then you will need to see where each candidate stands on the issues.
Choosing a Presidential candidate is a lot of work, but you want to make sure the best person wins.
Be a President Detective- Which issues are most important to you? Name: ____________________________________________Please note there are hundreds of issues. This is only a small sample of issues. There is a blank space at the bottom of the worksheet in case your most important issue is not listed. Don’t just place a checkmark for the “very important topics” make sure you write down the topic.
Choose the most important issue for you and circle it. Write a paragraph about why it is your most important issue. Use complete sentences.