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Making Civics Real Workshop 3: Public Policy & the Federal Budget  
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Background References

In addition to the course text, United States Government, Democracy in Action (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1998), Leslie Martin uses The Worldly Philosophers (7th Edition) by Robert L. Heilbroner (Simon & Schuster, 1999) to introduce economic theories.

To explain the concept of “pork barrel politics,” Leslie Martin used criteria and examples developed by Senator John McCain. Senator McCain’s Web site is updated regularly with his statements on and explanations of pork barrel spending. You can find helpful materials like those used by Leslie Martin by visiting http://mccain.senate.gov/ and clicking on “Budget” in the Issues List or using the link for “Pork Statements and Lists.”

A Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget (PDF)

This guide to the Budget of the United States Government Fiscal Year 2001 was created by the Executive Office of the President of the United States and was available online. Leslie Martin used two sections of the guide in her class. You can download these sections by clicking above.


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