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What are some positive and negative things interest groups have done for the country?

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house1966 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM via web

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What are some positive and negative things interest groups have done for the country?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM (Answer #1)

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This is entirely a matter of personal opinion.  Interest groups represent the interests of a certain segment of the population.  If an interest group accomplishes something that you don't like, you'll call it negative, but someone else might think it's a positive.

For example, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has succeded in getting many gun control laws repealed.  This is something that people who believe in gun rights would think is a positive.  However, liberals would tend to think it is a negative.

Interest groups make the opinions of the people heard.  Because not all the people have the same opinions, some will think that the actions of a particular interest group are good while others will think they are bad.

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