Travels From: North Carolina
February 3, 2014
Given the remarkable depth of his career in business and government, Erskine Bowles addresses many of today’s most critical current events. Topic areas include:
- The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America
- Reforming America’s Education System
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 veteran of business and government who—along with former Senator Alan Simpson—was appointed by President Obama to co-chair America’s debt reduction commission, Erskine Bowles is at the center of the national dialogue on what must be done to address America’s deficit crisis.
A successful businessman who leveraged his experience in the private sector to control spending in the public sector, Erskine Bowles served as the Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan group looking to erase the United States’ multitrillion-dollar debt. He is also the co-Founder, with former Senator Alan Simpson, of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. Early in his career, Bowles worked for Morgan Stanley and founded his own financial investment company before joining the Clinton Administration to run the Small Business Administration and eventually become President Clinton’s Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff, he was a pivotal negotiator in getting America’s first balanced budget in decades. A leader who himself had to face down budget woes as the recent President of the University of North Carolina system which depended on a state in a fiscal crisis for much of its funding, Bowles discusses what leaders on both sides of the aisle must do to bring America’s spending and deficit problems under control before the consequences become dire for generations to come. Himself a Democratic operative and candidate for office, Bowles also trains his eye on the American political landscape and provides his candid views on the current issues making their way through Washington.