Government Stalemate & Events

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

CurrentIssues_ButtonProfessor Woodrow Wilson launches into a discussion about the government stalemate and more.

In this episode we delve into the government stalemate as we learn what events transpire in a stalemate (also known as a shutdown).

Government shutdowns generally occur when two houses of Congress (or Congress and the president) cannot agree on a certain topic. These generally are budget related and happen right before a new fiscal  year or before the deadline. It means that all the federal programs and agencies will not have all fund to operate. In this case, it is between the Republican House and the Democrat Senate.

Each federal agency develops its own shutdown plan, following guidance released in previous shutdowns and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The plan identifies which government activities may not continue until appropriations are restored, requiring furloughs and the halting of many agency activities. However, “essential services” – many of which are related to public safety – continue to operate, with payments covering any obligations incurred only when appropriations are enacted.


In prior shutdowns, border protection, in-hospital medical care, air traffic control, law enforcement, and power grid maintenance have been among the services classified as essential, while some legislative and judicial staff have also been largely protected. Mandatory spending not subject to annual appropriations, such as for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, also continues. Other example of activities that continue are activities funded by permanent user fees not subject to appropriations such as immigration services funded by visa fees.




1-Introduction to Current Issues

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

CurrentIssues_ButtonIntroduction to Current Issues and the Constitution

Professor Woodrow Wilson will provide an introduction to the upcoming radio broadcast with an explanation about the importance of understanding and keeping up with current events in 2013 and how these current issues impact our lives.

Here we will discuss and integrate critical thinking along with constitutional knowledge in the attempt to provide the listener with an aptitude of readiness along with the skills necessary for proper judgment and the knowledge of history and how to apply it. Despite dramatic changes in the media and information revolution, public knowledge of current affairs have changed very little, Professor Woodrow Wilson hopes to change this.

The definition of Current affairs comprises of news, information, awareness and comprehension on all that is happening in the world – in relation to every walk of life. It covers all topics ranging from business, sports, money, politics, education, employment, crime, and ethics so on and forth. It may be about rising onion prices, theft in somebody’s shop, or a terrorist attack. You may grasp the news from the television news hours, news papers, Internet, news magazines, business magazines, radio, talk shows, and word of mouth – from anywhere.