What are the essential ingredients for Americans to meet the difficult fiscal challenges facing the country? Sara Imhof, Midwest regional director for The Concord Coalition, points toward civic engagement and a sense of stewardship.
She sees good examples in Iowa, where people have met to examine possible answers on topics like Social Security, Medicare, national defense and improvements in health care. They have also communicated their thinking to elected officials. But in an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on Sunday, she says that more such efforts are needed.
“The challenges of unsustainable budget policies, spiraling debt, insufficient savings, dangerous reliance on foreign lenders, and the growing needs of an aging population are not going away,” Imhof writes. “Getting involved is the right thing to do. If we don’t take action, who will?”