I wanted to pass this along as recommended reading. Our government has been unique in it's level of transparency, fiscally speaking, from a historical perspective. Being that there is so much data available to analyze, it is refreshingly (can't say simple) approachable a task to analyze where we've been and the fiscal trajectory we are on presently. Please read: USA, Inc. [forbes blog] [read online] [ipad] [in print from amazon]
I hope to be able to buy the amazon copy myself as it sounds like an excellent text to have in the class room. I will no doubt be reading this in the coming year, digesting it and applying it to the lessons I try to provide here. If you're wanting to be a good student of economics, it looks to be essential reading.