The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, the federal debt is $28-plus trillion ($85,000-plus per person) and growing, with critical unmet needs. The US and North Carolina economies and services rely heavily on the federal budget. Join us to understand how the budget is constructed, how spending decisions are made and by whom, how our tax dollars are used and accounted for, who benefits, what makes up the debt, and whether the debt can be reduced. These and other similar topics will be discussed with class engagement and participation. Let’s learn together and see if we can "have our cake and eat it too." Past participants are welcome: data and information are ever changing. The course content is updated in light of recent developments. | Facilitated discussion.