About a hundred people in Colorado’s 1st Congressional District tried their hands Saturday at federal deficit reduction through The Concord Coalition’s Principles and Priorities exercise.
Most eventually succeeded in slicing deficits over the next decade by several trillion dollars. It wasn’t easy, but their efforts highlighted the benefits of open discussion and a willingness to compromise. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette hosted the event.
The participants gathered Saturday morning at Columbine High School in Littleton. They included people from across the political spectrum: Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, liberals and libertarians.
Divided into a dozen groups of five to nine people, they took on the role of members of Congress in considering dozens of budget options as scored by the Congressional Budget Office. The options fell into four categories: general government spending; military and homeland security; health care and Social Security; and revenue.
After a welcome by Rep. DeGette and a PowerPoint briefing on the federal budget’s history and trends, the participants dove into their assignment....