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Dare We Bring Up Fiscal Sustainability This Week?

September 24th, 2008 . by economistmom

 

Here’s this morning’s Tom Toles cartoon from the Washington Post.  Kind of says it all…  One might imagine the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie” in the background…

I happen to have organized a special one-day conference of the National Tax Association on “Attaining Fiscal Sustainability: State & Local Perspectives and the Federal Outlook,” this Friday, Sept. 26, here in DC (at the Urban Institute).  The program and registration form is available on the NTA website; advance registration by tomorrow (Thursday) is required.  You will see we have a lot of prominent policy experts from within and outside the Beltway, a Member of Congress (if he’s not too busy on Friday…), and a special appearance of the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour of IOUSA movie fame (Dave Walker, Bob Bixby, Belle Sawhill, and Alison Fraser) to kick it all off.  Gene Steuerle, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s new VP, is the luncheon speaker.  (The fee is only $20 which includes continental breakfast and lunch, and the room only holds 125 people, so fax your registration form into the NTA as soon as you can–and by no later than Thursday.)

One Response to “Dare We Bring Up Fiscal Sustainability This Week?”

  1. comment number 1 by: Jim Glass

    Just hope everyone remembers to show up…

    Barack Obama lost some votes Friday when his economic policy director, Jason Furman, blew off a panel discussion in front of 1,500 corporate leaders in Washington, DC. As John McCain’s economic adviser, Doug Holtz-Eakin, dutifully took his seat at the annual Inc. 5000 conference, Furman’s chair was vacant.

    “One organizer finally spotted him on TV at an event in Florida,” an attedee told The Post’s Braden Keil. “A lot of people were fuming, especially after he called back to say he forgot.”

    Holtz-Eakin added some comic relief by switching to Furman’s seat and offering possible rebuttals.
    [NY Post]