Senator Carl Levin, D-Michigan, may have been speaking to students at Lansing's Eastern High School, but he was talking to them like adults.
Their history lessons came to life Thursday, with Levin at the podium, talking about the stimulus package and how it affects them and their families.
The students asked the Senator questions-- and afterwards, so did we.
"I think this stimulus package will be a big boost to Michigan," Levin says, when we asked him how he will guarantee Michigan gets a workable amount from the stimulus. "We think it's essential, we think we're getting a fair share of it."
Which the Senator says should include big money for roads, water and sewage projects, to name a few.
"We know on the unemployment side we'll obviously do well. Job retraining money, we'll do better than other states," he says.
But the big question remains, and was asked by one Eastern student.
"How long will it take for the Aamerican government to repay the future generations of this country?"
"They were great, they always are<" Levin says of the students' questions. "Students are refreshing, direct, blunt. That's the question which is critically important for younger people because we're putting a burden on their backs. But if we don't, we're putting a bigger burden on their backs because they won't have jobs.
"It's the right question. I wish there was an easy answer."