Video Highlights from the Peter Peterson Foundation Event on Budget and Deficits

April 24, 2010


Suggesting a stronger move to fiscal conservatism, economic officials gathered at the first-ever National Fiscal Summit to advance the national dialogue on avoiding another economic crisis. Fmr. Pres. Clinton and the co-chairmen of the National Debt Commission were the morning keynote speakers. The summit coincides with the recent bipartisan fiscal commission meeting and Congress' current work on finance overhaul legislation.


Robert Greenstein answers Gwen Ifill's questions: How would you define the long-term fiscal problem? How much of the solution to long-term deficits are taxes? (3:14)


Robert Greenstein responds to Rep. Paul Ryan on taxes and economic growth. (3:39)


Robert Greenstein responds to Alice Rivlin's statement that "restraint is not impossible" and that the solution to long-term deficits should include both revenues and spending. (3:16)


Rep. Paul Ryan, Alice Rivlin, Robert Greenstein discussing if spending and taxes need to be on the table. Greenstein asserts that tax reform needs to contribute to deficit reduction. (4:01)


Robert Greenstein follows up on Rep. Paul Ryan's discussion of taxes and economic growth. (3:15)


Robert Greenstein on the prospects of an agreement emerging from the Fiscal Commission. He discusses the most important lesson the Commission could teach. (3:13)

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