Seg. 1: Federal Spending & America's Future Debt. Seg. 2: Top Ethics Issues Of 2018.
Segment 1: Focus on government shutdown has drawn attention away from expanding national debt and deficit.
The ongoing battle between political parties has highlighted the dysfunction in our goverment. Meanwhile the national debt continues to accumulate, and is burdening the future economy. We heard why one fiscal policy advocate believes the conflict will end "with both sides declaring victory," and no real winners.
- Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition
Segment 2, beginning at 24:42: Moral issues of 2018 unlikely to go away anytime soon.
The Ethics Professor shared their top issues from 2018, including the need for free speech to also be responsible and true speech. They also discussed access to health care as a moral issue that will continue into 2019. As Wayne Vaught noted, "there is no more humanitarian crisis or threat to national security in the United States ... than the lack of health care."
- Wayne Vaught, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Clancy Martin, professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Missouri-Kansas City