NSA, ACA & 4-Pinocchios

CurrentIssuesConstitutionToday’s session recapped many important events such as the NSA leak with fingers pointed at the US Government and spying on our allies, as well as one of our attendees sharing the Vatican was spied on! We discussed the Affordable Care Act and the fallout from the website and Huffington Post giving the president 4-Pinnochios – sad but true. Both Article 2 and Amendment 10 were discussed and much more – play the audio to listen …

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Need to Know Debt Limit & Partisanship

CurrentIssues_ButtonHistory is being made and we are on the forefront with questions from our amazing live audience! Moderator, Felice Gerwitz hosts this session with presenter Professor Wilson. Professor Wilson begins with a recap of the events of the day as well the debt limit and situation with partisanship and the budget debts and limits.

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Show Host Spotlight – Interview with Professor Woody Wilson

Show Host Button 6 250Felice Gerwitz interviews show host, of the Current Issues & The Constitution Radio Show, Woody Wilson in this informative Show Host Spotlight segment. Woody shares his background as a retired Veteran, Teacher and currently a college professor. He enjoys working with homeschool youth, since his exposure with students the last two years teaching an online class in American History and American Government & Elections (here). His love of his country and teaching students is a life-long passion. He brings a wealth of information to this class as well as answering student (and parent) questions during the live weekly events on Wednesday at 1:00 PM Eastern.

Felice Gerwitz is the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and hosts the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show to shine a spotlight on the amazing show hosts of this network.

 

Stalemate Continues …

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History is being made as the stalemate continues! We are on the forefront with questions from our amazing live audience!

Moderator, Felice Gerwitz hosts this session with Professor Wilson. Professor Wilson begins with a recap of the events of our government stalemate as well as an explanation of political terminology students will hear in the media.

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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.

 

This episode is a follow up to the original government shutdown show! visit it here  https://ultimateradioshow.com/govstalemate/

Government Stalemate & Events

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.

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