Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 7:30pm
Janet Ryan led a group students and community members at Montana State University in Bozeman, where they discussed the long-term fiscal problems facing our country, with emphasis on the retiring Baby Boom generation, and the effect this retirement - as well as people's attitudes of entitlement - will have on the federal budget and economy.
The group did not agree on any proposed options to reduce spending on entitlements or raise taxes. Instead they opted to phase out Social Security and Medicare entirely and start over with a more efficient and effective system with emphasis on personal responsibility. The general feeling of the group was that the government is not capable of running healthcare or retiriement programs as efficiently as can be done with individuals taking more responsibility for their own futures.
About Principles and Priorities Events:
Principles & Priorities is our flagship exercise that has been used in hundreds of High Schools, Colleges and Universities across the country. In it, participants make decisions about the best combination of program spending and tax policies to match with their larger sense of what the principles behind our budgets should be and what priorities the government should place at the forefront of fiscal decision-making. Learn more about our classroom exercises