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First Tuesdays: The Financial and Economic Consequences of an Exploding Debt

Tuesday, October 6
Noon–1:30 p.m. ET

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Len Burman, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs, Syracuse University; former director, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute
Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Mike Mussa, senior fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute of International Economics
Rudolph Penner, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; former director, Congressional Budget Office
Robert Reischauer, president, Urban Institute; former director, Congressional Budget Office (moderator)

The Congressional Budget Office’s most recent long-term budget outlook declared that “current policies are unsustainable.” Translation, according to tax scholar Len Burman: if we don’t change course, we’re doomed. America will celebrate its tricentennial with IOUs 6.5 times its total economic output if current policies continue, CBO says, and that is under implausibly optimistic assumptions about the economy.

Join the conversation as a panel of experts considers
• Is it truly possible the public debt will explode and the nation be reduced to insolvency?
• What does the debt cancer portend for today’s children, tomorrow’s seniors, and everyone else?
• What assumptions -- about interest rates, financial markets, foreign investments, recovery from the latest recession -- are behind the CBO’s projections? How realistic are the assumptions?
• What must happen for Americans, Congress, and the White House to take the painful steps necessary to forestall a financial catastrophe?
• What can we learn from the experiences of other debt-ridden nations?

- Bios (pdf)
- Len Burman: The Financial and Economic Consequences of an Exploding Debt (pdf)

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.

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