Around Town: Concord Coalition Speaker at the Carnegie Monday

Published Apr 15, 2012. In Times-Herald.

“Whether we like it or not, the federal budget touches the lives of each us in multiple ways. With budget deficits as far as the eye can see, it’s important that we learn about their true causes so that we can come together to change our long-term course” states Phil Smith of the non-partisan Washington, D.C. think tank, the Concord Coalition.

“Understanding the Battle of the Budget,” a timely program featuring Smith will be presented by Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Newnan Carnegie Library auditorium.

The Concord Coalition, formed in the early 1990s, is comprised of leaders in business, finance and former members of Congress. Named for the Minutemen at Concord, the mission of the coalition is to represent the voice of the many concerned citizens who are motivated to take a stand for America and speak out against the policies that have placed this great nation in financial jeopardy.

Phil Smith has worked on behalf of the Concord Coalition for more than 16 years and is currently National Political Director and the Southern Regional Director. He is a spokesperson for the 200,000-member coalition and has appeared on most major television and radio networks including CNN, CNNfn, PBS, NPR, CNBC, C-span, the BBC and CTV (Canadian Television). Previously Smith served on the Washington staff of former U.S. Representative Doug Barnard, and the Georgia capitol staff of several state representatives and senators.

Active in the Atlanta Kiwanis, Phil has served as past president of their 270 member club. In 2005, he was chosen as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his work with the Concord Coalition and his civic involvement. He is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Georgia and the 2011 class of Leadership Atlanta.

Attendees will find Phil Smith well versed in the various incarnations of budget legislation, including measures introduced by President Obama and the House bill most recently passed and spearheaded by Representative Paul Ryan. The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange St. in downtown Newnan.