students to debate 'fiscal cliff,' offer lesson in compromise

If Congress needs help next month deciding whether to make spending cuts or raise the debt ceiling, a group of local high school students will have at least one potential solution for them.

A group of about 15 students from Whiteland Community High School spent their winter break researching taxes, foreign policy and entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. Next week when school is back in session the students, who are a part of the high school’s first politics club, will present what they’ve learned about the cost of Social Security and government-run health insurance, where cuts can be made and where additional funding can come from.

Then members will debate the best way to raise taxes or cut spending on government programs and vote on a long-term solution to balance the national budget. A plan that receives a majority vote from the students then will be sent to members of Indiana’s congressional delegation, history teacher and club sponsor Justin Brownfield said.

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