Now is the time to think like an economist! Using your knowledge of economics and fiscal policy, you will evaluate a particular government direct payment program for its impact on the federal budget and the economy in general. Direct payments are cash payments to individuals or groups for a specific purpose.
Members of Congress listen to economic analysts as one source of information before making fiscal policy decisions, such as whether to increase funding to a direct payment program. Ultimately, Congress votes on specific government programs and the President must approve them. Budget decisions require careful thought and justification to the public. Keep this in mind because you will need to support your opinion with valid research data.
Imagine that Congress is trying to balance the budget and cutting spending for many programs. Create a persuasive presentation that persuades members of Congress to either support or not support continued funding for the payment program. There are many 21st century tools available for effective collaboration and communication in the online environment.