oh canada

The news of impending government shut-down provided some interesting material for class discussion. After taking a few minutes to review the Federal budget process as well as Congressional powers, I led my students into a seminar on the shut-down. Thankfully many of them were watching the news over the past several days and were somewhat aware of how a shut-down would impact the public. Others had a more creative view…

“So if I kidnap someone and take them across state lines, the FBI won’t stop me?”

“Does this mean no one has to pay their taxes?”

“We’re gonna get blown up, aren’t we?”

“It’s time for Canada to make their move.”

After being asked about US debt as compared to other countries, I came across this chart.  One of my students pointed out that the top debt-holders are also democratic nations.  An interesting thought…