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  • Title: Facing Up | to the Nation's Finances
    Descriptive info: .. Register or Login.. The Brookings Institution.. Concord Coalition.. The Heritage Foundation.. Public Agenda.. Viewpoint Learning.. Newsroom.. Quick Tour.. About Us.. Headlines A Real Life Lab For Studying Fiscal Crisis.. Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances, our nonpartisan.. curriculum on the federal budget and the national debt.. , is pleased to announce the winners of the final round of our student contest.. They are: Zachary Skaggs of American University, for the written essay.. "Means-Testing Social Security,".. and Kelsey Ryan, Shane Wilson, & Kellen Jenkins of Emporia State University, for their video.. "It's Up To Us.. ".. Click here.. for more details.. Why It Matters.. Discuss.. Act.. Students.. Faculty.. Blog.. Resources.. Recent Blog Entries.. Budgetball: Working Up A Sweat On Our Fiscal Future.. by.. fgrace.. 0.. Brain Trust: Engaging College Students On The National Debt.. More Blog Entries.. You.. Can.. Understand The Budget.. Great ways to get started: download our "Here's What We're Up Against:  ...   Plans.. Teachers can log in.. to get our.. new materials for middle and high school classes.. , thanks to our partnership with the University of Virginia's.. Youth Leadership Initiative.. Don't Just Sit There!.. Students in.. D.. C.. ,.. Kansas.. Pennsylvania.. and.. Virginia.. speak out.. Budget Blues: Winning.. Video From Kansas.. Get Email Alerts:.. Yahoo! Budget News.. Shutdown casualty: Crisis halts data lawmakers could use to solve budget.. Congress likely to give federal workers back pay as shutdown enters day 5.. more.. Google Budget News.. US still in fiscal deadlock but looking for a way out - Reuters.. US Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt limit battles - Grand Forks Herald.. footer links.. Home.. Why it Matters.. Contact Us.. Privacy Policy.. This work is licensed under a.. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.. 0 United States License.. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at.. 'Disclaimers and Terms of Use'.. Copyright 2011 Public Agenda..

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  • Title: User account | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: User account.. Get Email Alerts.. Log in.. Request new password.. Username or e-mail address:.. *.. Enter your Facing Up username.. Password:.. Enter the password that accompanies your username.. Changing Expectations.. ».. A.. new report.. finds the main problem in getting the public to deal with our fiscal problems isn't opposition to tax increases or spending cuts -- it's  ...   From the blogroll.. Budget Blog.. OMB Watch.. Porkbusters.. The Heritage Policy Weblog.. CBO Director’s Blog.. View Full Blogroll.. America’s Health Care Challenge.. Making Sure our Government Uses our Money Wisely.. Social Security, the Budget and an Aging Population.. How to Run Our Government Without Piling Up Too Much Debt.. 1.. 2.. 3.. Get in a candidate's face.. 4.. 5..

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  • Title: Newsroom | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: About The Curriculum.. Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances.. , a.. curriculum.. by the nonpartisan research and civic engagement group.. , educates college students and concerned citizens on the escalating problem of the federal budget deficit and the national debt and ways this problem might be solved.. The.. , distributed via the budget deficit and national debt education site FacingUp.. org, operated by.. PublicAgenda.. org.. , is available for use free of charge courtesy of a grant from the.. Peter G.. Peterson Foundation.. includes.. discussion guides.. webinars.. reading list.. multimedia.. , links to.. resources in the government and elsewhere.. , as well as a collection of.. interactive games.. in which students can try their own hand at balancing the budget, in.. tournaments.. within their own class or competing against other classes.. Another key feature of the.. is its flexibility: Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances can be used for an entire course, for one or more lessons within an existing college course (for example, economics, political science, etc.. ), for extra credit, or for a free-standing campus or civic event.. How To Get Started.. Faculty members can get started using the curriculum.. by registering at FacingUp.. Professors with questions may also contact Andrew Yarrow of Public Agenda via e-mail at.. ayarrow@publicagenda.. or by phone at 202-719-9777.. Civic groups and individuals.. interested in becoming more informed about the financial crisis and what they can do to help may also register at FacingUp.. org to begin using reading materials, discussion guides and interactive games and more for study groups and special events.. For media inquiries.. , photos or assistance in finding someone to interview about Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances, please contact Melissa Feldsher of Public Agenda via e-mail at.. mfeldsher@publicagenda.. or by phone at 212-686-6610, extension 50.. Classroom Profiles.. "Chasing The  ...   Intergenerational Dialogues About America’s Fiscal Future Refute Kids vs.. Canes Conflict.. Generations United's "Together" magazine - September 2009.. Video.. of the.. July 17, 2009.. , Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances event at the.. Scripps Howard Center.. in Washington, D.. , with Andrew Yarrow of Public Agenda briefing student journalists on developing stories about federal finances, entitlements, health care and national debt.. Viewpoint: A Call For Intergenerational Equity, by Andrew Yarrow and Donna Butts.. Baltimore Sun - May 20, 2009.. Financial Sense Newshour.. –.. Andrew Yarrow interview on the federal budget deficit, May 16, 2009.. Coming Together: Intergenerational Dialogues On The Deficit, Social Security & Beyond.. org - May 1, 2009.. Public Agenda's Andrew Yarrow speaks about the nation's budget crisis at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey.. WNBC-TV 40, April 16, 2009.. Sweat Equity: Welcome to the World of Budgetball.. American (University) Today, April 9, 2009.. "The Perils Of Living For Today,".. by Andrew L.. Yarrow and Addison Wiggin –.. Baltimore Sun, April 8, 2009.. "Fiscal Discussion Unites Generations".. Centre (Pa.. ) Daily Times, April 8, 2009.. "Students Face Up To Nation's Debt".. - Daily Pennsylvanian, January 14, 2009.. "New Initiative Aims to Teach, Engage Students In Averting U.. Fiscal Crisis".. - Public Purpose, November 18, 2008.. "The National Debt: Has it gotten too big?".. - CQ Researcher, November 14, 2008.. "Viewpoint: The plague of economic illiteracy".. - Baltimore Sun, November 09, 2008.. "Calling All Professors: The Fiscal Future Curriculum".. - Nota Bene, National Academy of Public Administration, October 2008.. "In the Economic Crisis, an Opportunity for Citizens".. - PublicAgenda.. org, October 2008.. "$10.. 1-trillion national debt? Let's cut taxes!".. - Los Angeles Times, October 2008.. "Why Liberals Should Care About Deficits".. - Baltimore Sun, September 2008.. "Sex, Drugs and the Federal Budget?".. - Wall Street Journal, July 2008.. Print this page..

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  • Title: A Quick Tour of FacingUp | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: A Quick Tour of FacingUp.. Welcome to FacingUp.. org, the home of the Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances initiative, a unique partnership of organizations that differ on many issues but agree that the federal government is headed for a financial meltdown unless it gets its act together.. We want to provide a platform for everyone, including the people who often don’t get involved in political debates, to find out more about this critical problem, how it affects them, and how they can work together on solutions.. A good place to start is Why it Matters, where you’ll find the basic information on the scope of the financial problem, why it’s happening and how it could affect you.. Why it Matters is also the place to start considering our  ...   are helpful in thinking over the alternatives.. You can also keep track of the debate with our Facing Up blog and find out the best places to learn more in our Resources section.. Those choices lead naturally to the Discuss section, where you can talk over problems and work on solutions with other people who care about this issue.. As Facing Up moves forward, we’ll work to bring together people from all over the country to put this problem on the national agenda.. The Act section is where you can start putting the ideas from the Discuss section into practice.. The actions we’ve got now are just a starting point – as the discussion progresses, we’ll have more actions contributed by Facing Up participants.. We’d like to hear from you!..

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  • Title: About Us | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: Despite growing consensus on the dire nature of the nation's finances, straight talk about what we want government to do and how we plan to pay for government services is a rare commodity.. Facing Up to the Nation's Finances and Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances are nonpartisan initiatives that enable more Americans to confront and work through realistic choices for addressing the nation's long-term fiscal challenges.. "Facing Up" is a nationwide project developed in partnership with leaders from.. The Brookings Institution,.. The Concord Coalition.. the Heritage Foundation.. The project has received support from the.. Ford Foundation.. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.. , the.. W.. K.. Kellogg Foundation.. and Public Agenda's own Wadsworth Program Development Fund.. Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances is a college-based, nationwide project supported by the Peter G.. Peterson Foundation, involving a wide range of partners.. Young People Taking on Federal Finances.. Young people have been important voices in addressing the challenges faving our nation's fiscal future.. In the fall of 2008, Public Agenda launched a new effort to engage college students through its Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances initiative, funded by the Peter G.. This past fall, Public Agenda launched a pilot “Campus Conversation” at.. American University.. to gauge students’ views and ideas on the nation’s fiscal future.. In this pilot, students took part in carefully constructed, moderated, problem-solving dialogues about critical issues related to the nation’s debt and finances, prefaced by a basic presentation on federal finances.. More.. "Facing Up to the Nation's Finances" will not make recommendations on how public monies should be allocated or how the long-term deficit should be reduced.. Rather it aims to organize a non-partisan movement of citizens and leaders in honest public dialogue to call for meaningful action in confronting the various challenges to long-term fiscal stability.. Among those challenges are the impending retirements of baby boomers, the growth in health care costs, a broken tax system, and a lack of sufficient government accountability.. It involves new forms of opinion research, public engagement and intensive engagement of leadership.. BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR ACTION.. Prior to launching Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances in 2008, our "Facing Up to the Nation's Finances" initiative in 2006 and 2007 engaged the public, elected and civic leaders, and local media in a serious consideration of our nation's finances in targeted regions around the country.. The action unfolded in four steps:.. ChoiceDialogues.. , innovative, invitation-only research sessions, provideed deeper insight into the views and values of the unorganized public in that region;.. a visit to the region by The Concord Coalition's.. "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour".. ;.. a.. Stakeholder Dialogue.. in which citizens who participated in the ChoiceDialogues worked with representatives from the Wake-Up Tour and other leaders to find common ground and identify steps that would move their shared vision forward; and.. aggressive citizen.. movement building.. to give the public in the region the tools they need to move their vision forward, including online engagement activities, networking, and communications outreach.. Learn more about the regions we're working in and what we've done so far.. Newsletter.. Facing Up to the Nation's Finances News.. Spring 2008.. Summer 2007.. Project News Coverage.. The perils of living for today.. - BaltimoreSun.. com, April 8, 2009.. Entitlement Debate Heats Up as Fiscal Summit Approaches.. - HealthBeat, February 18, 2009.. Students Face Up To Nation's Debt.. New Initiative: Aims to Teach, Engage Students In Averting U.. Fiscal Crisis.. - November 18, 2008.. The National Debt: Has it gotten too big?.. - November 14, 2008.. Viewpoint:  ...   even if Congress doesn't".. Market News International.. - December 13, 2006.. "Ex-fed V.. Chair Rivlin urges dems to deal with admin on budget".. The Columbus Dispatch.. "Cynicism hampering Social Security fix; Public doesn't trust officials, study says".. Wisconsin Public Radio.. Interview with Ruth A.. Wooden on Facing Up to the Nation's Finances.. USA Today.. - December 12, 2006.. "Taxpayers distrust how the government spends their dollars, reports say".. National Journal CongressDaily.. "Concord Coalition warns anew of coming budget problems".. The New York Times.. - July 30, 2006.. "Public's deficit fix may stun politicians".. Facing Up to the Nation's Finances Reports.. Reports from FACING UP TO THE NATION'S FINANCES:.. Coming Together.. : Intergenerational Dialogues On The Deficit, Social Security & Beyond.. Regional Report: New Hampshire/Maine.. : Americans Deliberate Our Nation's Finances and Future: It's Not about Taxes - It's about Trust.. report.. Regional Report: Tennessee.. It's Time to Pay Our Bills.. : Americans' Perspectives on the National Debt and How Leaders Can Use the Public's Ideas to Address the Country's Long-Term Budget Challenges.. :.. press release.. Americans Deliberate Our Nation's Finances and Future.. : It's not about taxes -- It's about trust.. Understanding Public Attitudes about the Federal Budget.. : A Report on Focus Groups.. Recent related reports from partners in the initiative:.. Understanding the Federal Debt Limit.. from The Concord Coalition, August 2009.. The Nation's Health Care Conundrum: Where Do We Go From Here?.. from The Concord Coalition, May 2009.. How We're Doing: What's Blocking the Recovery.. from The Brookings Institution, November 2009.. Bipartisan Budget Solution.. The Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act Would Help Congress Rein in Spending and Deficits.. from The Heritage Foundation, October 2009.. Entitlements Darken Long-Term Outlook for Federal Budget.. from The Heritage Foundation, June 2009.. For a full listing of reports, transcripts and statements on this issue from our partners, visit.. Resources section.. of FacingUp.. org pulls together the best information on the federal budget and related issues from both our partners and from non-partner organizations.. Partners.. The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions.. Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2006, Brookings analyzes current and emerging issues and produces new ideas that matter -- for the nation and the world.. www.. brookings.. edu/.. The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to sound, sustainable and generally responsible fiscal policy.. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late former Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.. ), former Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.. H.. ) and former U.. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson.. Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.. ) was named a co-chair of the Concord Coalition in January 2002.. concordcoalition.. Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute -- a think tank -- whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.. heritage.. Public Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public opinion research and civic engagement organization.. Founded in 1975 by former U.. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Daniel Yankelovich, the social scientist and author, Public Agenda is well respected for its influential public opinion polls, balanced citizen education materials and ground-breaking community-based engagement initiatives.. Its mission is to close the gaps between leaders and the public.. publicagenda.. Viewpoint Learning, a research and consulting organization also cofounded by Daniel Yankelovich, conducts specialized dialogues that enable leaders to understand different perspectives in depth, increase options, anticipate obstacles and broaden support for difficult decisions.. viewpointlearning.. com..

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  • Title: Means-Testing Social Security | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: Means-Testing Social Security.. in.. College Student.. Essay by:.. Zachary Skaggs.. American University.. The United States faces an uncertain fiscal future.. Experts agree that the federal government’s current spending levels are unsustainable.. An economic recession, financial bailouts, and an expensive stimulus bill have combined to create a projected $1.. 75 trillion deficit for 2009 and trillion-plus dollar deficits for years to come.. [1] Even had recent events never occurred, the benefits the federal government has promised future generations of Americans, primarily via Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, are projected to consume an ever-growing and unsustainable share of the federal budget moving forward.. In seeking to restrain skyrocketing public debt levels—currently $11.. 9 trillion and growing at the enormous rate of $1 trillion per year—the U.. health care system has lately come into focus.. There are efforts afoot to refashion U.. health care , which currently consumes 15% of GDP, along the lines of other systems that spend sometimes half as much (Japan spends about 8% of GDP) but achieve comparable health outcomes in their populations.. Assuming that the goal of cost-reduction is achieved by these efforts—a big assumption—health care reform is one way to significantly cut into the U.. government debt load.. The other major way to tackle U.. debt, and the focus of this essay, is through reform of the Social Security system.. The single largest item in the federal budget—indeed, the largest government program in the world—is the U.. Social Security system, consuming about 20% of the federal government’s budget in a given year.. But in moving to modify Social Security, we must be careful where we cut.. Social Security plays an important role in providing for the financial security of the elderly, with some estimates arguing that Social Security keeps roughly 40% of Americans age 65 or older above the poverty line.. Social Security came into existence in 1935 as a centerpiece of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.. Its purpose was to provide pensions to retired individuals, modeled after public pension programs that nations such as Germany had already adopted.. Social Security has been repeatedly expanded since its inception.. In 1940, Social Security paid benefits totaling $35 million.. Today, Social Security payments go to 51 million Americans at the cost of $650 billion per year.. [3] This number is slated to rise exponentially as the Baby Boom generation enters retirement.. There have been various proposals to reduce future promised payments via Social Security.. A debate during the presidency of George W.. Bush centered on whether to institute a system of private accounts, by which younger workers could put a portion of their Social Security payments into an interest-accruing account that they personally would collect in old age.. This contrasts with the current "pay-as-you-go" status quo in which Social Security payments to the retired are made on the basis of Social Security taxes taken from current workers.. The proposal for private Social Security accounts, while it may have gained political traction, strikes me as a distraction when it comes to achieving fundamental cost-reduction for Social Security.. The reform, by itself,  ...   voluntarily by the worker and need not be administered by government fiat.. At the same time, Social Security is also a form of welfare.. It is this latter function that is the most important function that Social Security provides, the one for which it was originally intended, and the one that needs to be protected in the process of any reform.. For that reason, I argue for means-testing Social Security, or essentially, converting Social Security into a form of welfare for the poor elderly.. Only those individuals living below the poverty line would be granted Social Security benefits under this regime.. It should be noted that the elderly are in fact generally the richest Americans, with peak wealth by age being 63 in the United States.. [5].. Converting Social Security into a system that acts purely as a welfare payment system for older individuals preserves the core function of Social Security while preserving America’s fiscal future.. This proposal would significantly shrink benefits dealt out currently by Social Security as well as its future promised benefits.. Moreover, it would do so in a manner that would not hurt the poorest and frailest among us.. It would, however, represent a significant loss of potential wealth for the middle- and upper-class elderly, but, as noted, these represent some of the richest people in America.. Note that this proposal could conceivably combined with other reasonable proposals such as raising the retirement age at which Social Security recipients begin receiving payments.. “1.. 75 Trillion Deficit Seen as Obama Unveils Budget Plan.. ” New York Times.. February 26, 2009.. Accessed Nov.. 17, 2009 at http://www.. nytimes.. com/2009/02/27/us/politics/27web-budget.. html.. Orr, D.. (November - December, 2004).. “Social Security isn't broken: So why the rush to 'fix ' it?” In C.. Sturr R.. Vasudevan (Eds.. ), 2007, Current economic issues.. Boston: Economic Affairs Bureau.. “Social Security (United States).. ” Wikipedia.. Accessed November 17, 2009 at http://en.. wikipedia.. org/wiki/Social_Security_%28United_States%29#Expansi.. Cowen, Tyler.. “Should we privatize Social Security?” September 30, 2004.. Marginal Revolution.. Accessed November 17, 2009 at http://www.. marginalrevolution.. com/marginalrevolution/2004/09/should_we_p.. Cauchon, Dennis.. “Generation Gap? About $200,000.. ” May 24, 2007.. Accessed November 18, 2009 from http://www.. usatoday.. com/news/nation/2007-05-20-cover-generation-wealth_N.. Login.. to post comments.. Re: Means-Testing Social Security.. On December 18th, 2009.. gnekuda.. says:.. you are very knowledgeable.. i hope this plan gets sent to members of Congress.. jackie.. This is well thought out; great ideas! The part that I agree with the most was your comment on Social Security and George W.. Bush.. Your idea could really make a difference!.. On December 26th, 2009.. AlisonGermany.. Wow.. I was very impressed with all this information.. It really seems like you know what your talking about.. Also it was easy to understand for people to do not really get what is going on.. On May 31st, 2010.. sleepy.. I never suspected whet this problem has reach that level O_o !!! Thank you for bringing that topic to the public attention.. If you don't mind I will use your ideas in my essay for the collage acceptance.. --------------.. This is my own, keep your hands away !!!..

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  • Title: It's Up to Us | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: It s Up to Us.. Video by:.. Kelsey Ryan, Shane Wilson, Kellen Jenkins.. Emporia State University.. Emporia State University students set out to find how locals feel about the national debt and how the problem can be fixed.. Re: It s Up to Us.. On December 14th, 2009.. jennafugate.. Nice work guys! This was a really great video.. It showed how uninformed the people of the United States really are and how little interest they have in the growing deficit.. The music fit really well and kept me interested.. nice graphs too! Taxes and budget cuts-- its all we can really do.. Oh, and end the war!.. Re: It #039;s Up to Us.. On December 15th, 2009.. rzim88.. Great video! It just shows us that our citizens don't really know what's going on and that we all need to be better informed  ...   average person has $184,000 worth of financial debt.. Personally I haven't spent any money that isn't my own and I'm sure I'm not the only one.. I thought the government itself held the largest amount of debt, not the actual citizens.. Great job putting it all together though!.. Re: Re: It amp;#039;s Up to Us.. Brittney_A_Miller.. I really enjoyed this video.. Very informative yet interesting and fun to watch!! You all did very good! I really like how you interviewed people in the community it made it seem more reality! Very good job guys!.. what is meant by that is that if each person wrote a check to the national gov't to pay for the debt accrued by this country, then each person would pay $184,000.. Great video! This really shows us how many people do not know what is going on!..

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  • Title: Enter the Contest | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: Enter the Contest.. Students Face Up To The Nation's Finances.. Fall 2009 Written & Multimedia Essay Contest.. Thanks to all who entered the third and final round of the Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances.. student contest.. for essays and multimedia presentations on the nation's federal budget crisis and what should be done about it.. This  ...   Security".. by Zachary Skaggs of American University, in Washington, D.. Best multimedia essay by a college student:.. "It's Up To Us".. by Kelsey Ryan, Shane Wilson, & Kellen Jenkins of Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kansas.. High School division:.. The judges have determined that no high school prize will be awarded in this final round of the contest..

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  • Title: Why It Matters | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: The United States has amassed nearly $12 trillion in federal debt and another $44 trillion in unfunded liabilities — all at a time when our nation faces a deepening financial and economic crisis.. With health care costs rapidly rising and 78 million baby boomers about to retire, straining our Social Security and Medicare systems, our country faces severe long-term fiscal challenges, which could lead to steep tax hikes, major cutbacks in federal spending, higher interest rates, inflation and a declining economy — not to mention an unsustainable path for our children and grandchildren.. Heading for Trouble.. The U.. government is living beyond its means -- far beyond its means.. As a result, we’ve built up a staggering amount of national debt.. and unfunded federal.. liabilities, potentially made much worse by the current financial crisis.. Worse yet, we have put ourselves in this fiscal hole at exactly the wrong time, because we are committed to paying enormous amounts in Social Security and Medicare as the huge baby boom generation starts to retire over the next few years.. 6 comments.. Read more.. Email this Article.. How This Affects You.. Deep budget cuts, deep benefit cuts, crippling tax rates, higher interest rates for everybody, hyperinflation, economic decline — these are the all-too-real implications of our growing fiscal crisis.. 2 comments.. Our short multimedia presentations will tell you more about the basic facts behind the nation’s financial challenges.. Here's What We're Up Against.. runs through the basic problems facing the country and gives a quick rundown on how the federal government spends its money.. Americans Deliberate our Finances and our Future.. takes you inside the ChoiceDialogue sessions where people from all walks of life discuss what we can do to solve the problem.. This is just a start – we’ll have more multimedia to come as the  ...   Security reform is more "doable", in that there is more potential for bipartisan consensus than on reforms of health care or tax policy.. (.. DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION (PDF) OF THIS CHOICEWORK DISCUSSION GUIDE.. ).. How To Stop Piling Up Deficits Debt.. Somewhere along the line our country has fallen into a pattern in which running large budget deficits has become our normal operating procedure.. This means that most years in recent memory we’ve spent much more in government programs than we are willing to raise in tax revenues.. We’ve then borrowed money to cover the balance.. The result is a mammoth and growing federal debt that is now approaching $12 trillion — growing even more rapidly because of our nation’s current economic difficulties, rapid health care cost growth and tens of millions of baby boomers on the verge of retirement.. (Find out more about our Choicework discussion guides, or download the PDF version of this choicework guide).. Health Care.. Health care reform dominates the news and public debate, and whatever reform is enacted (if any) will far from solve all of our nation's health care problems.. Health care is an enormous, and enormously complex issue, and many people in both parties have said many things, some true, some misleading.. This discussion guide is intended to help you understand the issue and the many choices for possible reform.. (DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION (PDF) OF THIS CHOICEWORK DISCUSSION GUIDE).. Using Our Tax Dollars Wisely.. Because of the global financial crisis, U.. government spending is up sharply, and is likely to rise even more with the stimulus package intended to strengthen the U.. economy.. Indeed, the U.. government is expected to spend at least $3.. 5 trillion in 2009.. That is about one-quarter of the nation’s economy.. But how do we know if it will be wisely spent?..

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  • Title: Discuss | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: Choicework Discussion Guides.. America’s Health Care Challenge.. How can we best contain costs, increase access and maintain quality?.. Social Security is in trouble and no consensus has emerged on what approach the nation should take to fix it.. ).. Bringing the federal debt under control will mean making tough choices, but people need to be able to trust their leaders to act and spend responsibly.. Primer On Deficits In A Time Of Crisis.. Deficits in a Time of Crisis: Short-Term, Long-Term and Unimaginable Sums.. DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION  ...   System AND Make Revenues Match Spending?.. to post a new forum topic.. Discussion Topics.. Topics.. Posts.. Last post.. Dealing with Deficits.. We have a mammoth and growing federal debt that has now surpassed the nine trillion dollar mark, an all-time record.. The yearly interest payment alone on this debt is approaching the 300 billion mark (more than we pay each year for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined) and is rising at a rate of about 20 percent every year.. Let's discuss what we can do.. n/a..

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  • Title: Act | Facing Up
    Descriptive info: Every person in America will be hurt by.. our long-term fiscal mess.. , but many don't know it yet.. Others know the problem's there, but think we can put off dealing with it.. You can change that.. How? By.. learning more about the problem.. and then telling people about it.. And we've made it easy.. You can face off in.. interactive budget-balancing games.. add one of our widgets.. to your blog or home page, join the @facingup discussion here and on.. Twitter.. , find us on Facebook,.. Digg our blog.. , bookmark us with.. Del.. icio.. us.. , comment on your own blog, or use any of many other options listed below.. The difference between an A-list problem and everything else is just how much people really care.. If there's going to be any progress in solving this problem, we've got to have an open, frank discussion about what it entails and what can be done.. In our.. Perspectives.. section, we lay out some potential strategies for solving the problem.. But those choices are just.. a starting point  ...   them care about the nation's fiscal crisis and some of them don't, but all of them care about your vote.. So you need to get tough.. When lawmakers and policymakers propose plans and don't explain how they'll be paid for, you need to start asking questions.. And for a little help tracking down the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of party leaders and lawmakers, check out.. Take It To The Next Level.. , part of Public Agenda's.. Citizen's Survival Kit.. You can work through the alternatives for solving the nation's long-term fiscal problems in your community, much the same way you can online (speaking of which, our.. blogroll.. is a great resource for this discussion).. Our.. Budget Toolkit.. will give you a running start.. Another way to do it: use our.. nonpartisan curriculum as a discussion-starter for a community event or series of events to hash out the issues.. This list is just a starting point.. We're not limited to five - the more the better, actually - so start thinking and.. join the discussion.. here at FacingUp..

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