Budget

April 20, 2013
To the teacher:  In his 2014 federal budget, President Obama proposed to cut Social Security's cost-of-living increases.  His move intensified an ongoing national discussion about the future of this…
March 4, 2011
To the Teacher:   Right now, there is a debate raging in Washington, DC. The topic: the U.S. federal budget. Republicans, who gained control of the House of Representatives as a result of the 2010…
March 4, 2009
By Alan Shapiro To the Teacher It is very difficult to grasp the immensity of the U.S. defense budget and the complexity of how it is spent. In fact it's so complex that not even the Pentagon can…
February 6, 2008
To the Teacher: Military spending and the existence of a "military-industrial-congressional complex" has not been a major issue in the current presidential campaign. Yet the subject is vital to the…
November 7, 2007
To the Teacher: Unknown to many Americans, congressional "earmarks" have cost us billions of dollars in unaccountable spending. The two student readings below examine this practice in the House and…