Well, if I want to talk specifics, I'll go with "I learned what a sequester is" and "the only thing I can think of to fix the problem with war, like what the Great Depression did. Problem is that we are already at war with the middle east (I think...), so where does that really leave us?"
My Answer: Bananas. All problems can be solved with the answer of 'bananas', cause bananas are good. If you don't like it, you can leave. :D
So what is a sequester Aza? Tell me how war will fix our economic problems.
In my state of the union group, we are all interested in the budget rerforms; where the budget cuts are being made and where money is being wasted / distributed inefficiently.
My primary focus lies in the reforms / subject of educational funding. There are wonderful ideas obama presented within the funds and reforms going towards educational, research & training programs; all the arts aren't mentioned once in reference to the government funding it's survival... which, personally pinched and twisted my insides ONLY because that is something I'm hoping/striving to change; the majority perception that the arts are for the elites, or arbitrary, unnecessary and not actually functional or worth the time, production costs, etc etc... when in reality; the arts are everything. the arts are our culture, our history's paragraph in the text book, our generation's fleeting imprint... and they are disappearing. Most of our funding comes from the wealthy, minority of the american citizens in which Obama's new tax cuts plan to ultimately minimize their money (as a means to reach the beautiful goal of us all being apart of the middle class) and therefore minimizing the money in which they share / are generous with artist's & entreprenuers / thinkers / creators / researchers etc ... It is a risk to fund a project that may take time, money, lots of work and effort and people involved, and wont receive the benefits until the project is complete.... if people aren't feeling good about their money and their ability to support themselves, they will be less generous and willing to share and spread their wealth with others.
I think I agree with Craig when he said that the arts should be treated like another academic class. It is required, just like math. I grew up with that and am appreciative of what I learned about music, visual art, dance and theater in my elementary school. Too bad it is not like that anymore. I think that is what we need to strive toward. Art being so part of our life that we don't realize it should be respected any differently that the other academic disciplines.
In our State of the Union issue groups, our topic is gay rights and the people who support it. We found that many business are in support of the gay rights movement based on how the move from state to state. For example, Apple is located in San Francisco which is a big city in support for gay rights. Interestingly enough, even though this is a pressing issue in our current society, President Obama barely talked about gay rights in the State of The Union Address. We are focusing our project on what groups are in support of gay rights and against it, and also the effects of businesses gaining/losing customers.
P.S. (Mrs. B. you talked about this quote the other day in class, wanted to post it for ya)
"Imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." - Einstein