The Concord Coalition takes its name from a heroic battle of the American Revolution. In the Spring of 1775, ordinary people, mostly farmers called Minutemen, answered a call to arms. They courageously stood together in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, against thousands of British soldiers, and successfully turned them back to Boston. Although many years of tough fighting and terrible sacrifice lay ahead, these brave Americans kept at it against overwhelming odds because they had a vision of the grand nation they wanted for their future and for generations to come.
Today our nation faces incredible fiscal challenges that threaten its greatness and the sacrifices made by prior generations all the way back to those soldiers. Our government currently borrows hundreds of billions of dollars annually to pay for today's consumption, forcing productive national savings to take a back seat to benefits for middle-income and wealthy citizens; for special interests; for services we could and should do without; and for interest on the money borrowed in earlier years. Even worse--the nation's future promises will cause tomorrow's debt to dwarf today's. Elected leaders are afraid to cut back on spending and don't dare to raise taxes to pay the full bill. In fact, they continue to cut taxes while increasing spending in order to satisfy the ever-growing population of Washington special interests.
The Concord Coalition began in the early 1990's as the voice of the many concerned citizens who were motivated, like the Minutemen at Concord, to take a stand for America and speak out against the policies that have placed this great nation in financial jeopardy. The late former Senators Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) and Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson led the effort to help organize these citizens together without regard to party affiliation. Soon after, Concord Coalition volunteers could be found in every state and in most congressional districts. These volunteers still thrive two decades later and are now ably led by our Co-Chairmen, former Senators Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.) and Jack Danforth (R-Mo.) and former Congressmen John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.).