Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Event/webcast: “Trillions Of Reasons To Get Serious About Our Fiscal Future”


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Noon–1:30 p.m. ET

 To attend in Washington, D.C., RSVP at,  

e-mail, or call (202) 261-5709.

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It's not exactly news -- to Congress, the White House, and now many outside of elite circles -- that the federal budget is out of control. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up more than 40 percent of spending other than interest during a normal year and all are growing faster than the economy and tax revenues. Yet, Congress has kept the overall tax burden remarkably constant as a share of gross domestic product for most of the past 50 years. Together, these factors lead to sky-high deficits, an exploding national debt, and the specter of economic collapse.

But now what? With major studies -- such as "Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future," released last month by the National Research Council and National Academy of Public Administration, and the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform's "Red Ink Rising" -- showing how desperate our fiscal straits are, what will it take for the public and politicians to move beyond overheated rhetoric and threats of political reprisals?


·        Richard Keil, director of media relations, Public Strategies, Inc.; former chief White House correspondent, Bloomberg News

·        Maya MacGuineas, president, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

·        Rudolph Penner, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; former director, Congressional Budget Office

·        Margaret Simms, Institute fellow and director of the Low-Income Working Families project, Urban Institute

·        Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

·        Ruth Wooden, president, Public Agenda; former president, Advertising Council

At the Urban Institute

2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. The forum begins promptly at noon.

Webcast note:

You will need to register for the webcast on the same computer you will use to listen. You can register anytime up to and during the event. To access the webcast, you can go to the same link where you registered,

1 comment:

Bruce Webb said...

A lot of overlap there. Peterson-Pew is explicitly a project of CRFB, among other things sharing a common President in Maya MacGuineas and boasting "generous support" from the PGP Foundation on it's website. And MacGuineas, Penner, and Stuerele being members of the Brookings-Heritage Fiscal Seminar as well as directors of Peterson-Pew with Steurele sandwiching two long-standing posts at the Urban Institute around a stint as VP of the PGP Foundation. In addition it is not clear if Public Agenda would even exist without an early $500,000 grant from the newly established PGP Foundation in I believe 2006 to fund an educational program aimed at younger people totally parallel to the Peterson-Pew Red Ink Rising, Brookings-Heritage Facing Our Fiscal Future, Concord Coalition Fiscal Wakeup Tour, itself endorsed by Brookings-Heritage and CRFB on Concord's website.

At some point you don't need to play with complicated relationship software, inclusion of keywords 'MacGuineas' 'Walker' 'fiscal' puts you one degree of separation from the common element.

Though I have to say that Margaret Simms has a pretty damn impressive biography. It may be totally unfair to impute any kind of aspersion because she is only one degree of separation from Streurle and Penner. Although she does seem associated with the tell-tale code word 'fiscal'.