WHAT: Fiscal Wake-Up Tour WHO: United States Senator Susan Collins Honorable David M. Walker, President and CEO of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, former Comptroller General of the United States Robert L. Bixby, The Concord Coalition Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute Stuart M. Butler, The Heritage Foundation WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Noon – 12:30 PM – Lunch 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Discussion
WHERE: Nonantum Resort 95 Ocean Boulevard Kennebunkport, Maine
On Tuesday, August 25th, United States Senator Susan Collins will join The Concord Coalition’s Bob Bixby, the Honorable David M. Walker of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, William Marshall of The Progressive Policy Institute and Stuart Butler of The Heritage Foundation for a presentation of The Concord Coalition’s Fiscal Wake-Up Tour in Kennebunkport, Maine.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to high demand, reservations are no longer being taken for the event, but limited seating will be available on a first come-first serve basis. This stop of the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour will also be streamed live on The Concord Coalition’s website beginning at 12:30 Eastern Time. To access the live stream, go to www.concordcoalition.org.
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
12:30 p.m. - Discussion
2:00 p.m. - Conclusion
The Concord Coalition brought its Fiscal Wake-Up Tour to Maine on Tuesday, the same day that new government deficit estimates showed a worsening long-term picture. Robert L. Bixby, Concord's executive director, said people with different political perspectives should be able to agree on the scope of the problem: "It's not ideology. It's arithmetic." David M. Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, said it was "immoral and un-American" to simply leave massive government debt and unfunded obligations to younger generations.
Stuart M. Butler of the Heritage Foundation and Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute also emphasized the need for greater fiscal responsibilty and suggested some possible solutions to an audience of more than 200 people at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins offered some introductory remarks and joined the other speakers in answering questions on tax policies, financial regulation, health care reform and other subjects. Her appearance drew dozens of demonstrators carrying signs outside the resort on a variety of subjects but primarily calling for better health care policies. Collins mentioned the demonstrators as an example of the constant pressures that elected officials face for more government services.