September 2, 2014

Citizens Should Make Their Voices Heard

  • The national debt has grown significantly in recent years due to rising annual deficits. A deficit occurs in any year the government spends more...

While elected officials have an obligation to encourage public engagement on the nation’s fiscal challenges, their constituents should work to ensure that members of Congress -- particularly those on the new super committee -- take their views into account.

“Let your voice be heard and demand that members of the super committee engage the American people in a dialogue about the tough choices America faces,” writes Stefan Byrd-Krueger, The Concord Coalition’s youth outreach coordinator, in a recent blog post. “The issues at stake -- from social insurance to national security, domestic investments and tax reform -- have profound consequences for our nation.”

He suggests several ways in which citizens can become more involved in budget debates, including the use of social media and contacts with individual members of the super committee to ask them to “put all options on the table.”