Trying to get people to understand how economic or political policies affect them means finding a way to put those policies into context.
This blog started trying to get people — mostly journalists — to understand that there are plenty of LOCAL connections to international events.
Now we have the issue of trying to help people make sense of the loss that hit the American economy thanks to the GOP-forced government shut down.
Standard & Poor’s estimated that the U.S. economy took a hit of $24 billion for just the 16 days the government was closed.
And all praise to Foreign Policy for this great graphic: