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1 Federal Budget Politics: the Art of the Compromise During Times of Record Debt Pamela Roach North Cobb High School http://cobblearning.net/proach/ conference-presentations/ pamelasroach@gmail.com

2 Background Budget simulations for US Government & economics – set up with GCEE & Federal Reserve materials!!! Evening at the Fed! Blog: debt clock, unemployment indicators, inflation, bus cycle, housing crisis, mandatory spending. In the past, online simulations oversimplified process… possible citizenship problem – Teams differentiated by ideology. Inspiration: KSU Fiscal Sanity Tour Gang of Six

3 Congressional Simulation Students requested committee assignments; used Nathan Newman’s as a guide Military Social Security Health Agriculture Science Justice Transportation & Development

4 I.O.U.S.A. One Nation, Under Stress, In Debt

5 Congressional Simulation Invited Senator Chambliss to school, Charlie Harman, chief of staff spoke – Gang of six – Tea party impact – Budget process – Career options

6 House and Senate Leaders elected by each house, seating by committee and by house Researched & developed proposals for balancing the budget – identify cuts/increases – Who is helped/hurt – Likely positive & negative externalities

7 Presented proposals to whole Congress although each house voted independently Leaders chaired Amendments Conference Committee

8 Online Budget Simulations Summative: Students chose partners and balanced the budget. Ideology – Nathan Newman – New York Times – Budget Hero – Concord Coalition

9 For the Future Teach background & use I.O.U.S.A. Research Assignment on committee topics beforehand: Policy Analysis Google docs for development of budget proposals by each committee (private) Post budget proposals Blogging for whole class to discuss beforehand Edit budget proposals Then, debate in class…

10 Resources http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas# http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb

11 Budget Simulations http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/b udget_hero/ http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/b udget_hero/ http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11 /13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11 /13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html http://www.nathannewman.org/nbs/shortdef. html#Military http://www.nathannewman.org/nbs/shortdef. html#Military here for the Concord Coalition's simulation. here for the Concord Coalition's simulation http://congress.indiana.edu/e-learning- module-federal-budget-allocation http://congress.indiana.edu/e-learning- module-federal-budget-allocation


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