September 1, 2014

Blogs

Our Age-Old Message, Through New Media

One of my tasks here at Concord as the Youth Outreach Director is to help design our website. Because of this, I am always looking for new ways to present our message and I pay close attention when Concord's message appears in the many different media publications our staff has the fortune of being featured and interviewed in. Readers can normally keep up-to-date on these appearances at our "Concord in the News" page for traditional print articles or by clicking on the "Video and Audio" section of that page for multimedia.

President Obama's Fiscal Policy

Even though my job as Policy Director means I spend a fair amount of time sitting at my desk and staring at my computer, I also get to play "in the field" giving chart talks or running budget exercises.

Who Will Lend to Us if Thriftsville Needs to Start Squandering?

In the movie I.O.U.S.A., Warren Buffett affectionately labeled China “Thriftsville” in his parable about the dangers of the United States over-consuming and relying on foreign production and lending. The movie also introduced us to a young Chinese couple, who met each other while working in a light bulb factory. This couple boasts that "saving money is a Chinese tradition," and they save half of the $20-a-day they earn.

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama

The Concord Coalition congratulates Barack Obama on his victory in the presidential election. As we detailed in a recent issue brief, the challenges he faces are formidable. Let's hope that after a campaign lasting nearly two years, politicians, the public and the media will now turn to the crucial business of governing. On fiscal policy, it will help to suspend partisan preconceptions and focus instead on practical problem solving.

One Scary Movie (Back in Theaters)

As the children get ready to trick or treat and those of us who are of-age get ready for a night (or weekend) of partying with friends, many Americans will keep to the tradition of telling haunting Halloween stories in the spirit of the holiday. While you may have planned to get a scary movie delivered to you by mail, or have fired up the computer and directed it to your streaming web-video service of choice, I suggest an alternative. 

Grassroots at 7,000 Feet

On Thursday, October 23rd, I spent the day at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado (elevation 6,872 feet). The college is located about 25 miles north of the New Mexico and Colorado border and it is really one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

My day was packed! I had an 8:00 a.m. presentation, a radio interview on KDUR, lunch and dinner discussions with students (who were all exceptionally bright), an afternoon presentation, and finally a screening of I.O.U.S.A.. My guides at the "Fort" were Professors Jennifer Stollman and John Gadbois.

Adding Up the Candidates' Plans

There is a good article in the New York Times today, as part of their "If Elected..." series, that tries valiantly to add up the candidates' taxing and spending promises with an emphasis on their deficit implications. As a budget policy analyst, I know how tough such a task is during an election campaign, and empathize with any reporter who attempts to do so.

I.O.U.S.A. at Columbia University

Many of our reports from the field over the next few weeks will be about screenings we are doing all over the country for I.O.U.S.A.. The primary idea behind the screenings is to reach colleges who weren't in session when the film was originally released and other locations where the movie hasn't been able to show.

Concord and I.O.U.S.A. Visit Atlanta, GA (The Home of TAB)

Greetings from Atlanta! On Thursday (October 23) Executive Director Bob Bixby came to Georgia for a screening of I.O.U.S.A. on the campus of Emory University and a media interview with the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Many senior faculty and staff attended along with a great crowd of concerned students. Dr. Kenneth Thorpe was on hand and complimented the educational work of Concord and the movie. Dr. Thorpe is a well-known expert on health care policy and has gone back and forth working in academia and the federal government for years in several high-ranking positions.

Concord and the Grassroots: Updates to Our Classroom Budget Exercises

One way the Concord Coalition has attempted to highlight the importance of fiscal responsibility and the choices involved in being fiscally responsible is by establishing a series of educational exercises. These exercises allow citizens at the grassroots level, whether as part of town hall meetings with their members of Congress or as students in the classroom, to learn in a group setting that takes advantage of the interactions with people of different generations or different ideological or political backgrounds.