Values Matter In the Social Security Debate: Faith-Based Insights

June 17, 2005, 9:00 am 9:00 am
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
United States
Contact Anita Cardwell

The Social Security debate is often about technical matters - actuarial balance, rates of return, bend-points, birth rates, wage- or price-indexing, trust-fund ratios, and so on. Yet, at its heart, the Social Security debate is about values. What do Americans want from Social Security now and in the future? Are we willing to pay for what we want? These issues are discussed in a collection of essays in the May-June 2005 issue of Church and Society, published by the Presbyterian Church (USA) on the theme Social Insurance: A Covenant between a Government and Its People. This seminar draws on that publication to spark discussion about Social Security and the role of values, faith, and religion in framing this important issue.

E. J. Dionne, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Lou Glasse, Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Poughkeepsie, New York

Eric Mount, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Religion, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky

Genevieve Wood, Vice President, Center for a Just Society

Bill Spriggs, Senior Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United

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