US econ edu - C itizens must be better educated about U.S....

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Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options Guest columnist Alex Alben argues that U.S. political culture and our education system have roles to play in the dire straits of our economy. He offers some ideas for building a better, more informed national consensus. By Alex Alben Special to The times Why can't we have a serious debate in America about our national economy, instead of the current situation in which both political parties engage in coded talking points in lieu of meaningful discussion? Both our political culture and educational system are to blame, but the national media landscape is also part of the problem. To influence good policy choices, informed citizens should know this data: • Size of the U.S. economy — $14.62 trillion gross domestic product (2010 estimate); • Total U.S. national debt — $13.56 trillion; • 2010 federal budget — $3.5 trillion; • U.S. deficit for 2010 — $1.378 trillion (projected). These numbers tell an interesting story, but you won't hear it from either Democratic or Republican leadership, because America's true economic strengths and weaknesses don't fit into their electoral agendas. First, the U.S. has the
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Heinlein during the Spring '11 term at Indiana Northwest.

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US econ edu - C itizens must be better educated about U.S....

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