Solutions to the national debt crisis are not terribly difficult – if politics can be removed from the equation.
That is the theme of a free public forum to be presented Dec. 7 by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at the college. Titled “Solving the National Debt Crisis: It’s Not Rocket Science,” the forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Seminole Campus. The event is co-sponsored by WUSF Public Media, the St. Petersburg Times and BrightHouse Networks.
The solutions will be offered by the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan, grassroots organization based in Washington, D.C. Its documentary film, “I.O.U.S.A. Solutions,” takes the complexity out of the national debt crisis. The film presents the shocking scale of the national debt in clear, easily-understood terms and then offers in clear, concise form a four-step plan for gradually getting the country out of the crisis.
Presenting the film and update of the fiscal crisis will be Joshua Gordon, Policy Director of the Concord Coalition. Dr. Gordon, who grew up in Seminole and graduated from St. Petersburg High School, directs the Coalition’s research on the federal budget, health care policy and tax policy. He is a frequently-quoted expert in national press coverage of fiscal issues.
This forum will be staged just two weeks after the deadline for Congress’ “Super Committee” to have released its recommendations on a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package. Failure to reach agreement on such a package will trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. He will provide the latest information on the status of the committee and assess impacts of its recommendations.
The Concord Coalition is dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and strategies to build a sound foundation for economic growth. It was founded in the early 1990s out of the conviction that Americans have a moral obligation to leave the country better off for their children and grandchildren.
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions is SPC’s new policy center, focusing on academic enrichment, community outreach and public discourse. Resolutely non-partisan, it plans to present a broad program of forums and workshops on issues of critical concern to Tampa Bay-area residents.
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