August 1, 2014

Lawmaker Sees ‘Real World’ Choices in Concord Exercise

  • The federal budget is an expression of our country's values. Where we choose to spend and at what levels, how and who we tax, and the borrowing we...

Residents of the Quad Cities community on the Iowa-Illinois border showed their support for improving America’s long-term fiscal outlook in two recent budget exercises hosted by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and facilitated by The Concord Coalition.

As in similar exercises that Concord has conducted around the country, participants worked in small groups to reduce the projected $6.3 trillion in federal deficits over the next decade. Sara Imhof, Concord’s Midwest regional director, reports that two subjects drew the most debate: Obamacare and a proposal to replace agricultural subsidies with risk-management accounts.

In closing remarks, Bustos said people from different political philosophies could reach budget solutions: “That’s the real world. We have hard decisions to make, but we can do it in a reasonable way.”