American civics

14 videos
Videos about how government works in the United States.

PPACA or "Obamacare"

VIDEO 7:14 minutes
Basic overview of what is sometimes referred to as "Obamacare"

The fiscal cliff

VIDEO 12:02 minutes
Sal compares the possible outcomes of the federal budget negotiations around the "fiscal cliff."

More fiscal cliff analysis

VIDEO 15:20 minutes
A bit more in-depth analysis when thinking about the fiscal cliff.

Electoral college

VIDEO 11:10 minutes
How we elect our President in the United States

Primaries and caucuses

VIDEO 8:13 minutes
How states choose their delegates for the national party conventions (video content under CC-BY-SA license)

Deficit and debt ceiling

VIDEO 9:57 minutes
Basic of the deficit, debt and debt ceiling

Government's financial condition

VIDEO 10:32 minutes
Difference between debt and operating costs. Seeing how large obligations are for social security and medicare

Social security intro

VIDEO 6:29 minutes
Basics on how social security works

FICA tax

VIDEO 7:30 minutes
How the FICA tax is calculated and what it stands for

Medicare sustainability

VIDEO 7:52 minutes
How medicare is funded and why it is even less sustainable than social security


VIDEO 11:15 minutes
What SOPA and PIPA are at face value and what they could end up enabling

Pension obligations

VIDEO 10:07 minutes
Thinking about pensions, defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans and how pensions tend to get underfunded

Illinois pension obligations

VIDEO 7:30 minutes
Using Illinois as an example of what happens when pension obligations are underfunded.