Fiscal Solutions Tour

David Walker & Robert L. Bixby

Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 at 7:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

The Fiscal Solutions Tour focuses on cutting through the usual partisan rhetoric, ideological divides and political smoke screens to focus on the positive: Where do we go from here? What key decisions need to be made in the not-too-distant future? How can reforms lead to a brighter future?

David Walker was U.S. comptroller general until 2008, one of his three presidential appointments. He then served as president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he worked to promote federal financial responsibility. In 2010 he became president and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI) focused on promoting and achieving specific fiscal solutions. CAI received a three-year grant from the Peterson Foundation to engage the public and promote fiscal solutions, including those outlined in Walker's book Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. Robert L. Bixby is executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and the late Paul Tsongas (D-MA). Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) cochairs the organization. Prior to his work with the Concord Coalition, Bixby practiced law and served as the Chief Staff Attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. He has 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.

Executive Vice President and Provost Betsy Hoffman will moderate the discussion.
The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late former Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson. Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Ne.) was named a co-chair of the Concord Coalition in January 2002.

The Concord Coalition 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. The Concord Coalition's national field staff and loyal group of volunteers cover the country holding lectures, leading interactive exercises, conducting classes, giving media interviews, and briefing elected officials and their staffs.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, contributions to The Concord Coalition are tax-deductible.

Cosponsored By:
  • Accounting and Finance
  • College Republicans
  • Concord Coalition
  • Economics
  • Finance Club
  • ISU Democrats
  • National Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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