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 Avoiding Budget Catastrophe

Friday, September 23, 2011
Noon to 2:00p.m., ET





To watch the live video webcast or a recording, go to: (No registration is necessary.) Online viewers will be able to e-mail questions to the moderator. Questions for the Q&A session should be submitted to

Continuation of current U.S. fiscal policy will lead to an enormous accumulation of debt with potentially disastrous consequences. As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction attempts to produce a bipartisan proposal to trim $1.5 trillion from budget deficits over the next decade, many commentators fear that their proposals might simultaneously undermine our fragile economic recovery while not really addressing the enormous long-term budget challenges. Please join us for a conversation about how to avoid a budget catastrophe. We will discuss options for fiscal reform and the trade-off between the immediate need to address a floundering economic recovery and the long-term need to achieve fiscal sustainability. 

  • Leonard Burman, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and Affiliated Scholar, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
  • Michael Ettlinger, Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress.
  • Alan Viard, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.
  • David Wessel, Economics Editor, Wall Street Journal (moderator).

Panelist Bios
Presentation by Leonard Burman
Presentation by Michael Ettlinger
Presentation by Alan Viard

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m.. The forum begins promptly at noon.