Consider the role that lobbyists, and the interest groups they work for, play in our government and how it functions.
What are the pros and cons of this interest group/lobbyist system?
Do they make the government more or less responsive to the desires of the people?
How does the money that lobbyists can contribute affect this responsiveness?
What other factors affect the degree of responsiveness to the people?
On the whole are lobbyist and their interest groups a positive or negative force in our political system? Why? TO SAY THAT EITHER INTEREST GROUPS OR LOBBYISTS ARE BOTH HELPFUL AND HARMFUL IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER.
Justify all your answers with information you have gotten from the text and the lectures in class, and explain why you believe your positions, whether pro or con, are correct AND explain why the opposing position is not.