Can You Help Solve the National Debt?

Published Aug 2, 2014.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican whose 5th District includes part of Rowan County, is partnering with the nonprofit Concord Coalition to host an educational workshop on the national debt Aug. 11 in Salisbury.

The workshop will be held 6-8 p.m. at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

An advisory calls the workshop “an interactive exercise in which participants learn about how difficult it is to balance the federal budget by making many of the policy decisions facing lawmakers today.”

Participants will work in committees considering issues such as federal spending priorities and tax policy. They will then recommend polices “to put America on a sound fiscal foundation for the next several years,” the advisory says.

The participants will learn how their decisions would affect the economy in the short and long terms; what segment of the population “wins or loses” based on those decisions and what makes for “good and fair” policy; and how voters would respond to their decisions.

They will also, the advisory says, learn whether the federal government is too big, too small, or the right size and which areas of government deserve more or less funding now and the future.

Foxx’s office encourages people who want to attend the workshop to RSVP to Jessalin Burchette at [email protected] or 336-778-0211.

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan advocacy group whose website says it is “dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound economy for future generations.”