Brilliantly understandable!   And it gets to the key points of what must be changed - instead of kicking it down the road.

Peter G. Peterson:  "Why I want to invest in the next generation"
     Tax Aversion And Our Deficit Future 

Peter G. Peterson Foundation  
     Investing in the next generation by dealing with the issues now.
    Great presentations of the facts. 
          Pete Petersen: A Conversation and see his other personal conversations, especially
   What Can A Kid Teach You About The National Debt?  Great video series 
          Go to the intro
          Debt overview - The national debt
          Effect on the economy - Long term effect of the national debt
          Aging and health - The effect on kids having to carry the burden, especially if not fixed     
          Interest on the national debt
          Investments - Increasing our competitiveness 
         Addressing the problem

   The pictures and graphs of what is going on

   The Issues And Solutions (click on the puzzle pieces to visit each)
      The graphs
          Chart of the deficits over the years
          Revenues, deficits, and social security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on the debts 2011 forward
          Social Security deficits projection over the years, from 1970 to 2080
      The solutions
         The other 20% of federal spending - Reviewing the other spending besides defense, health care, and
               Social Security.     
          Where the money comes from:  Revenues & Tax
          Making social security sustainable 
          Improving health care 
          National defense
          Fixing the budget process 
      Fiscal Outlook
          CBO's 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook (projections, not pretty!!!!)
          The solutions initiative: Six leading think tanks offer their plans for addressing U.S. budge challenges.
          Understanding the Debt Limit - The Committee For a Responsible Budget explains 
          We owe $14 trillion.  To whom?
      More on spending
                 Compositon of Spending, 1965 To Present
                 R & D and Interest Costs
                 U.S. Defense Spending
                 The President's 2012 Budget - And its high growth assumptions and it's failure to cut enough 
                 The Budget Control Act of 2011 - Imposing caps on spending and The Super Committee
                 CBO Update On Budget And Economic Outlook - Including the projecting debt as % of GDP
                 Retirement Reform in France 2010 - And the effects of the sweeping overhaul
       More on Taxes 
                  Graph of five largest spending items
                  Where taxes come from - the sources of tax revenue, pie chart
                  Who pays taxes - Income % versus taxes paid % (of the total).
             Discussions, plans, comments
                  A plan to tax the foreign income of U.S. companies
       More on Health Care
                   Growing health care costs as a % of GDP - incredible
                   Internation comparison of the number of MRI exams by country
                    Health spending project to top $4 trillion by 2020 - Is that a problem!?!!!!!
                    2011 Medicare Trustees Report - Urges prompt action!!!  Recent laws have put caps on Medicare
                         costs (although people don't know that and were highly objecting to a plan that proposes a
                         similar solution)
       Personal Responsibility
                   Personal savings 1930 to now
                   Household debt as a % of disposable income (bad news!)
                   Low income seniors rely on Social Security  for over 80% of their income.- chart by quintiles
                    Credit reposts and credit scorres
                    Tips to managing your money in challenging times
                    Student debt and the class of 2008
                    Finances of American Households in the past three recessions 



I  hope this resource will be very helpful in having you understand what the issues are and what the solutions might be.  I earnestly wish for this society to vastly increase its ability to make rational, informed decisions that serve the best interests of what can again be a super great nation.  And may more of you become rational non politicians.

The Rational NonPolitician