It is now a little under one week until the deadline for the congressional joint committee on deficit reduction, or super committee, to report its recommendations. Inside Washington, many are skeptical that committee members will meet their goal of $1.5 trillion in further deficit reduction. One of the challenges for elected officials is that the political environment surrounding the super committee, including events on the presidential campaign trail, makes finding real solutions very difficult.
Something quite amazing, actually.
On Monday night, nearly 200 people in Des Moines, Iowa worked in “committees” of seven or eight to confront the nation’s fiscal challenges and came to some startling conclusions.
For example, to help reduce federal spending, 84 percent of the groups supported eliminating some agriculture subsides. In Iowa!
Students, community leaders, seniors and other Iowans took part in The Concord Coalition’s interactive budget exercise Principles and Priorities. The event was co-sponsored by The Des Moines Register...