With the economy on the minds of every American and the federal budget a key issue for the Iowa caucus, The Des Moines Register and The Concord Coalition are giving you the chance to have your voice heard. On Monday, November 14th, the public will get to demonstrate to politicians how to civilly discuss and make the tough choices.
The event, led by Robert L. Bixby, executive director for The Concord Coalition, and Sara Imhof, Midwest regional director, will feature an interactive exercise where community members, business leaders, students and young professionals will ultimately recommend how to reduce the nation’s deficit.Come join us at this free event at Drake University. The program starts at 6:30 pm. This one-of-a-kind program has limited seating, so, be sure to RSVP here (blue box, right side of screen above).
The Des Moines Register, in partnership with Drake University, sponsors The Concord Coalition to conduct its interactive budget exercise. Iowan's will have the opportunity to determine their ideal plan for deficit reduction and to have their voices heard in advance of the upcoming Congressional Super Committee report and the first-in-the-nation Presidential caucuses.
About the Host
Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.
Bixby joined Concord in 1992 and served in several positions, including policy director and national field director, before being named executive director in 1999. He has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (the Domenici-Rivlin commission), which produced a model plan for comprehensive fiscal reform.
He frequently speaks around the country on the nation’s fiscal challenges and possible bipartisan solutions, including greater government efficiency, tax reform and improvements in the entitlement program. He has testified at congressional hearings and been interviewed by news organizations around the country. Bixby has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News.
He and The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” were also featured prominently in the critically-acclaimed documentary film “I.O.U.S.A.”
Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining Concord, he practiced law and served as the chief staff attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.