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Looking Beyond a Disappointing Jobs Report

May 12th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, I talked to EcomonistMom.com blogger Diane Lim about the surprisingly weak April jobs report. Then we turned our attention to President Biden's proposals for the "care economy," including their potential to expand the work force and the difficulty of raising revenue to pay for them.

Don’t Keep it in Vegas

May 5th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future we look at President Biden’s ambitious policy agenda with former Ambassador and New Hampshire Congressman Richard Swett. Then we go to Las Vegas with Concord Coalition Field Director Phil Smith and Jayce Farmer, professor of public policy at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, who uses Concord's Principles and Priorities budget exercise with his mid-career graduate students.

UnRepresented and UnSustainable

April 28th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future we go to the movies with a panel discussion on the fiscal policy aspects of an award-winning documentary called UnRepresented. The film deals with forces that amplify the voices of special interests above those of the American voter. Our guests include the film’s executive producer Andrew Rodney, Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States. We discussed why deficits should matter to the public, whether to “go” big or “go incremental” on deficit reduction measures, and the pros and cons of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. 


Nuking the Filibuster: Be Careful What You Wish For

April 21st, 2021

When you're trying to pass legislation in Washington, rules matter. This week on Facing the Future we take a close look at one of the most controversial rules: the Senate filibuster. Our guest is David Schiappa of the Duberstein Group, who spent nearly three decades as a high-ranking Senate staffer providing advice and counsel to Republican leaders. We discuss the background of the filibuster and whether it might be eliminated. Tori Gorman, Concord's policy director leads the conversation. Then, I end the program with a few words about paying the bill for infrastructure.   

The Skinny on Biden’s Budget

April 14th, 2021

New presidents often put out a "skinny budget" early in their administration covering just a portion of federal spending. This week on Facing the Future, we look at President Biden's skinny budget with its $1.5 trillion request for fiscal year 2022 appropriations. Then we delve into a full range of economic and other challenges posed by population aging. Our guest is Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute.

Two Views: Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

April 7th, 2021

It's infrastructure week! No, really! This week on Facing the Future, we dove into President Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan. Bob was joined by Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute and Ben Ritz of the Progressive Policy Institute to help us "bridge" two different perspectives. 

The Question for Biden: How to Pay the Bills?

March 31st, 2021

On this Facing the Future, Bob was joined by experts from two of Washington's most respected think tanks. Jim Capretta, a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discussed how the Biden administration may pay for it's agenda. Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of several books including the recently published A New Contract with the Middle Class, joined later for a conversation that ranged from family support programs, tax policy, and the minimum wage.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Reconciliation

March 24th, 2021

On the latest Facing the Future we were joined by Jon Lieber, a Capitol Hill veteran of many important budget negotiations and the current Managing Director of the Eurasia Group and Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. We reviewed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the politics of immigration, and more.

Detailed Proposals and Fond Farewells

March 17th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s Policy Director, Tori Gorman, Concord's National Field Director, Phil Smith, and Director of Health Policy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Josh Gordon. They discuss COVID relief, PAYGO, sequestration, infrastructure investment, CRFB’s Health Savers Initiative, and more.

We Need a Strategic Plan

March 10th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by former Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker, Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, and Concord’s Policy Director, Tori Gorman. They discuss the latest COVID relief package, the idea of a Fiscal Sustainability Commission, and highlights from Walker’s latest book, which looks ahead to what America might look like in 2040.

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