Compare and/or Contrast:
Demonstrate similarities or dissimilarities between these two political events of the past week:
President Obama is defending his $3.6 trillion budget plan to tax rich people and polluters to pay for big investments in expanded health care, cleaner energy and education. Obama: "I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: So am I."
Gov. Phil Bredesen is thinking about rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money rather than expand benefits for laid-off workers in ways that many other states did a long time ago. Bredesen: "We have an unemployment fund which is not in good shape right now. We're in the position of going back to our Legislature this year for changes in our tax structure just to keep our fund whole, and taking it to a new level may be too much of a lift for the Legislature this spring."
Bonus Point Questions
: Which style of leadership is best? Why? Describe the factors you think determine why Bredesen is such a big wuss. Discuss.