Date and Time:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
95 Ocean Avenue
On Tuesday, August 25th, United States Senator Susan Collins will join The Concord Coalition’s Bob Bixby, the Honorable David M. Walker of The Peter
G. Peterson Foundation, William Marshall of The Progressive Policy Institute and Stuart Butler of The Heritage Foundation for a presentation of The Concord Coalition’s Fiscal Wake-Up Tour in Kennebunkport, Maine.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to high demand, reservations are no longer being taken for the event, but limited seating will be available on a first come-first serve basis.
This stop of the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour will also be streamed live on The Concord Coalition’s website beginning at 12:30 Eastern Time. To access the live stream, go to www.concordcoalition.org.
Post Event Summary:
The Concord Coalition brought its Fiscal Wake-Up Tour to Maine on Tuesday, the same day that new government deficit estimates showed a worsening long-term picture. Robert L. Bixby, Concord's executive director, said people with different political perspectives should be able to agree on the scope of the problem: "It's not ideology. It's arithmetic." David M. Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, said it was "immoral and un-American" to simply leave massive government debt and unfunded obligations to younger generations.
Stuart M. Butler of the Heritage Foundation and Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute also emphasized the need for greater fiscal responsibilty and suggested some possible solutions to an audience of more than 200 people at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins offered some introductory remarks and joined the other speakers in answering questions on tax policies, financial regulation, health care reform and other subjects. Her appearance drew dozens of demonstrators carrying signs outside the resort on a variety of subjects but primarily calling for better health care policies. Collins mentioned the demonstrators as an example of the constant pressures that elected officials face for more government services.
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
12:30 p.m. - Discussion
2:00 p.m. - Conclusion
WHAT: Fiscal Wake-Up Tour
United States Senator Susan Collins
Honorable David M. Walker, President and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson
Foundation, former Comptroller General of the United States
Robert L. Bixby, The Concord Coalition
Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute
Stuart M. Butler, The Heritage Foundation
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Noon – 12:30 PM – Lunch
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Discussion
95 Ocean Boulevard
About Fiscal Wake-Up Tour Events:
The Concord Coalition believes that only with an engaged, informed and demanding public can the nation's fiscal challenges be met. The Fiscal Wake-Up Tour's mission is to cut through the usual partisan rhetoric and stimulate a more realistic public dialogue on what we want our nation's future to look like, along with the required trade-offs. We believe that elected leaders in Washington know there is a problem, but they are unlikely to act unless forced to by their constituents. The Tour began as a series of public forums around the country and now, in addition to those forums, we are organizing in-depth local committees to further focus attention on our nation's daunting long-term fiscal challenges. Read More