Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, students will analyze each major political party's platform to better understand their approaches to the federal budget and national debt. Students will be challenged to apply this understanding by playing the [EEL-link id='5114' title='Fiscal Ship' ] game in the role of one of the major party platforms. The Fiscal Ship game was created by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and the Serious Games initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Can the United States make a decision to reduce or modify spending on defense without jeopardizing the country's security goals?
What are the tradeoffs that policymakers face when steering the federal budget? To answer this question, students will grapple with the complexity of federal budget choices as they play The Fiscal Ship, a game created by the [EEL-link id='5124' title='Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution' ] and the Serious Games Initiative at the [EEL-link id='5131' title='Woodrow Wilson Center.' ]
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