NY Times: Fix The Budget

This article from the New York Times (published Nov. 13) and related web site would make a great addition to any secondary Social Studies, Current Events, Political Science, Government, or Economics class.  After reading the article and researching various ways to reduce the federal deficit, students can enact their plan by checking a series of boxes to see what impact their ideas would have on the deficit over time.  This could be followed up by a class debate on the different policies and debates.  It would be a great way to encourage kids (middle grades through high school) to get involved with current events and learn about our political and economic systems.