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How the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges, and possible solutions, impact current and future generations.

Facing the Future The Concord Coalition

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How the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges, and possible solutions, impact current and future generations.

    Concord Coalition Alumni Assess the Biggest Challenges for the Next 30 Years

    Concord Coalition Alumni Assess the Biggest Challenges for the Next 30 Years

    This week on Facing the Future, excerpts from a special event at the National Press Club in Washington DC celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Concord Coalition's founding. An all-star panel of Concord Coalition alumni featuring Ben Ritz of the Progressive Policy Institute, Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Congressional Economist 'Mom' Diane Lim, and Brian Keane of Smart Power look at the biggest challenges to face the US economy and federal budget such as: how to generate more revenue, saving Social Security and Medicare, climate change, immigration reform, and more.

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    Entitlement Reform, More Revenue and Immigration Will Help Tackle Our National Debt

    Entitlement Reform, More Revenue and Immigration Will Help Tackle Our National Debt

    This week on Facing the Future, a special Thanksgiving edition of the program taken from a recent all-star Concord Coalition panel discussion at Fresno State University in California focusing on some of the biggest upcoming challenges facing our economy and federal budget. Reforming Social Security, reducing health care costs, raising revenue and increasing immigration were among the options on the menu that could all help slow the growth of our national debt and increase economic output over the next 30 years.

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    Osterholm: COVID Revealed Major Flaws in American Health Care that We Must Fix

    Osterholm: COVID Revealed Major Flaws in American Health Care that We Must Fix

    This week on Facing the Future, we hear once again from internationally recognized expert on infectious disease and epidemiology Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota. Osterholm and his colleagues who advised the Biden Administration on the COVID-19 pandemic recently wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times. They make the case that we must learn from our experience and we have so much work to do to invest in our health care and disease surveillance infrastructure. If we don't, we will be woefully under-prepared for the next pandemic and related economic crisis. Plus, we take a look at the latest inflation numbers.

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    How The Midterm Elections Might Impact Crucial Budget and Debt Ceiling Matters

    How The Midterm Elections Might Impact Crucial Budget and Debt Ceiling Matters

    This week on Facing the Future, we try to read the tea leaves from an extraordinarily close midterm election result in 2022. It could have a profound impact on what Congress decides to do about funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, two crucial priorities that lawmakers were putting off until after Election Day. We are joined by American University Professor and former Democratic House Budget Committee staff director Tom Kahn, and financial investment advisor Pete Davis who used to staff the Senate Republican Budget Committee. 

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    Economist Claudia Sahm Questions How the Fed is Fighting Inflation

    Economist Claudia Sahm Questions How the Fed is Fighting Inflation

    This week on Facing the Future, Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman fills in as host and speaks with economist Claudia Sahm who has worked at both the Federal Reserve and the White House. Sahm questions whether the Fed is taking the right approach to fighting inflation by raising interest rates so rapidly. The originator of the 'Sahm rule' in economic forecasting says there's a risk Fed's actions might needlessly cause a global recession and put millions of people out of work in the US and abroad.

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    The Long-Term Economic Outlook from Austin Texas

    The Long-Term Economic Outlook from Austin Texas

    This week on Facing the Future, we're on the road in Austin Texas for a panel discussion on America's long-term economic outlook. We hear from University of Texas economist and public policy professor James K. Galbraith, who says we need to get used to America not dominating global economic and military matters, and Will Marshall, founder and president of the Progressive Policy Institute, who says big tech are the innovators of our time and we need to focus more investment on non-college education and training for the jobs of the future.

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