March 4, 2014
From his recent vantage point as the co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Alan Simpson provides his candid take on the hard and tough decisions that lie ahead for America’s leaders in restoring fiscal restraint to the domestic agenda. With his trademark candor and wit, Simpson provides his insights on what’s going on in Congress and possible sensible policy options for reforming entitlements, immigration, taxes and balancing the national budget. Always unafraid to speak his mind and a favorite of the political media due to his humor and honesty, Simpson also sets his sights on politics in America and the future of the Republican Party.
Everyone in Washington knows that the current fiscal path America is on is unsustainable, unconscionable and predictable—but few have the political will to enact the hard choices that must be made to get the country “back on track.” Appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and co-Founders of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles provide a candid, bipartisan discourse on what America’s leaders must do to confront what many see as the largest and most critical economic, social, business and national security threat that the country faces. From taxes and spending to entitlement and Social Security reform and encouraging business growth, Simpson and Bowles offer an enlightening discussion on solutions for bridging America’s deficit, debt and interest gap.
A trusted bipartisan leader to whom President Obama turned to with Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus of North Carolina University, to co-chair America’s debt reduction commission, Alan Simpson provides his candid views on politics, the economy and the hard and tough choices that lie ahead for America’s leaders.
In a career hallmarked by a fearlessness of confronting the most intractable issues of our times, Alan Simpson served as the co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bi-partisan group looking to erase the United States’ multi-trillion dollar debt. He is also the co-Founder, with Erskine Bowles, of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. Describing himself as someone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so, this is only the latest challenge taken on by Simpson who is best known for being a forceful voice for common-sense policy throughout his nearly two decades in the Senate. With quick wit and a straightforward style, Simpson tackles the most controversial of topics on the national agenda—bringing both honesty and sensible solutions for moving the country forward in these most uncertain of political times. Formerly a visiting lecturer in Political Science at the University of Wyoming – his alma mater – and formerly the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Simpson provides audiences with anecdotes, humor and cutting-edge commentary on politics, the media, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid reform, the economy and much more. He enjoys taking questions from any audience.