Please join us Tuesday, June 12, 2007, for a panel discussion to celebrate the first anniversary of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. (And if you can’t make it, be sure to check our website by 6 pm on June 12 for a webcast of the event.)
Balanced Budgets: Holy Grail or Overrated?
Debating the Future of Progressive Fiscal Policy
Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
Gene Sperling, President Clinton’s National Economic Advisor; author of The Pro-Growth Progressive
Steven Rattner, Managing Principal of Quadrangle Group, LLC
Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, former OMB Associate Director
Bernard Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC; former CEO and Chairman of Loral Space and Communications
Jeff Faux, founding President and Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute
Kenneth Baer and Andrei Cherny, editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
Opening remarks by former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner
When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he decided to make fiscal responsbility the first principle of his Administration’s economic policy. Fifteen years later, should the next president have that same priority? Today, some are arguing that a return to fiscal responsibility post-Bush is an essential first step to improving the economic situation of middle-class Americans. Other say that deficit reduction should take a backseat to targeted activism in areas like health care and education. In a globalized economy, where capital is mobile and Americans are anxious, do we still put balanced budgets first? For the first time, some of the most prominent voices in progressive economic policymaking are coming together to explore this pressing question.
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Human Rights Campaign Building
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036