Question A. (2)
Texas has a stretched and cantankerous rapport with the federal government over the decades. When Texas joined the Union in 1845, Texans condemned Washington’s letdown to safeguard the border with Mexico. They further condemned the federal government’s role in fighting against Indians on the borderline. Then, in 1930s when vast offshore oil reserves were discovered, the state fought the national government to retain control of its reserves (Lauderdale, 127). These wounds are still fresh in Texas and have propelled some of the Texans such as Ricky Perry and Abbott to take to a legal battle. The state has the mandate of determining policy actions before passing some laws because they sometimes require additional expenditures by local government and the state. Under the emergent federalism initiatives, several programs have been decentralized and placed at the level closest to people, which is the state or local level.
Question C. (1)
Interest groups play an essential role in the United States of America. Interest groups influence public policy and government. Interest groups provide channels for Texans to communicate their political interest and influence both the decisions of government and citizens. People should join them because of their fundamental roles such as representation and education of the public.
Question D. (3)
One of the federal government programs is the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This body ensures the statewide oversight of CHIP, Family Services, Food Stamps (SNAP) and Medicaid Program in Texas (Lauderdale, 138). All these programs emphasize and promote continuity care and ensure each community receives measurable results that improve the clientele’s wellbeing. These programs should be administered directly by the federal government for they require enormous funding.
Question A. (2)