Concord Coalition Hosts Briefing on Public Attitudes and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

Press Release
Wednesday, December 06, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Tuesday, December 12th the Concord Coalition will host the unveiling of two new public opinion research studies by Public Agenda and Viewpoint Learning’s on the public’s attitudes towards our nation’s long term fiscal challenges. Public Agenda’s report, “Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances: Understanding Public Attitudes about the Federal Budget,” and Viewpoint Learning’s report, “Americans Deliberate Our Nation’s Finances and Future: It’s not about taxes – It’s about trust,” conclude that the public has little difficulty understanding the magnitude of the fiscal challenge facing the nation and is willing to consider tough tradeoffs to address the growing national debt. But their support for program cuts, reforms or tax increases comes with one key condition: finding ways to increase trust that their leaders will spend their money responsibly and for the purposes intended.

“A broad consensus exists that our country’s long-term fiscal policy is unsustainable. Changing course will require substantial spending reductions from projected levels, equivalent increases in revenues, or a combination of both. Each of the realistic options comes with economic and political consequences that must be acknowledged and carefully weighted. There must be tradeoffs. Because these options are politically difficult, the active involvement of the American people is critical. Without greater understanding of the problem among the public, community leaders, business leaders and home state media, elected leaders are unlikely to break out of their comfortable partisan talking points -- and unlikely to find solutions. These reports provide valuable insights into how policymakers and the public can work through these difficult decisions together, instead of talking past each other,” said Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby.

The event will be held from 9:30am to 11am in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Speakers will include:

  • Robert Bixby, Executive Director, Concord Coalition
  • Steven Rosell, President and Co-Founder, Viewpoint Learning
  • Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow and Director, Greater Washington Research Program, Brookings Institution
  • Stuart Butler, Vice President of Economic and Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation
  • Ruth Wooden, President, Public Agenda

This event is free and open to the press. A continental breakfast will be provided.

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to sound, sustainable, and generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former United States Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord’s Co-Chairs. Former Commerce Secretary Peter G. Peterson serves as President.



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