Demystifying the Deficit, Social Security Finances, & Commissions

December 11, 2009, 10:00 am 11:30 am
Capitol Visitor Center
Senate Side
Room 201
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Contact Elizabeth Lamme
Presentations, remarks and event materials now available.
A briefing that worked to demystify…
…The general fund deficit:
  • How big is the problem?
  • What is the role of tax cuts and entitlements? 
  • How does health care spending fit?
…Social Security & the budget:
  • How does Social Security fit in the budget?
  • What is the shortfall and how can we fix it? 
  • How do taxpayers feel about Social Security?
  • How do commissions fit in the democratic process? 
  • What lessons can we learn from the Greenspan Commission?

Speakers included

  • Jim Horney, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Nancy Altman, Consultant and former Executive Assistant to Chairman Alan Greenspan, 1982-83
  • Eric Kingson, Syracuse University and former staff, Greenspan Commission
  • Ashley Carson, OWL-The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
  • Janice Gregory, NASI