Conference: America's Fiscal Future
Strengthening the Economy and Building for the Future

PDF of these transcripts (128pp.)

October 5, 2010

In Coordination With

The Center’s Executive Director, Robert Greenstein, joined Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, former Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Martin Feldstein, former Congressional Budget Office Director Robert Reischauer, and 18 other prominent economists and budget experts who spoke at a conference co-hosted with The Century Foundation, Demos, and the Economic Policy Institute.

Moderators included Jackie Calmes of the New York Times, Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect, and Stan Collender of Qorvis Communications.

Videos and Transcripts:

Panel 1: Welcome and Setting the Framework: Economic Growth, Investment and Deficit Reduction
9:00 am - 9:30 am

  • Greg Anrig, Century Foundation
  • Katherin McFate, Ford Foundation
  • Tamara Draut, Demos
  • Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute

Panel 2: Economists Panel: Budget Policy, Short-Term Recovery and Long-Term Growth
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Moderator: Jackie Calmes, New York Times

  • Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs
  • Paul Krugman, New York Times
  • Martin Feldstein, Harvard

Panel 3: The Short-Term Challenge: The Fiscal Squeeze on State and Local Governments
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Moderator: Ezra Klein, Washington Post

  • Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Panel 4: The Medium-Term Challenge: Replenishing Revenues and Modernizing the Tax Code
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Moderator: Ezra Klein, Washington Post

  • Leonard Burman, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • John Irons, Economic Policy Institute
  • Henry Aaron, Brookings Institution, CBPP

Panel 5: The Medium-Term Challenge: Strengthening Social Security and Retirement Security
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Moderator: Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect

  • Nancy Altman, Social Security Works
  • Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School
  • Robert Reischauer, Urban Institute

Panel 6: The Medium-Term Challenge: Reassessing our National Security Goals and Budget
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Moderator: Stan Collender, Qorvis

  • Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
  • David Walker, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Cindy Williams, MIT

Panel 7: The Long-Term Challenge: Next Steps for Healthcare Reform
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Moderator: Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect

  • Karen Davis, Commonwealth Fund
  • Maggie Mahar, TCF Fellow
  • Bill Hoagland, CIGNA

Panel 8: The Long-Term Challenge: Public Investment as a Foundation for Growth
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Stan Collender, Qorvis

  • John Podesta, Center for American Progress
  • Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution
  • Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Source: CQ Transcripts


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