|Town Hall Meeting: Dealing with the Debt
Why D.C.'s Deficit Spending Matters & What To
Do About It
Our national debt equals 20 trillion dollars - over $59,000 for every single person in America - and annual interest now costs more than the federal government spends on transportation, agriculture, science, education, housing, and international affairs.
So what? Reckless spending jeopardizes not just other budget priorities and puts our children on the hook, but is driving our nation toward a cliff that Greece, Puerto Rico, and other big-spending governments already face.
Are there solutions? Is there something you can do? Find out by attending this town hall meeting with national and regional experts who are raising the alarm and proposing solutions! You are invited to attend this public town hall meeting on Monday, April 18th from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center on Van Dyke Avenue just south of 25 Mile Road in Shelby Township.
You will have an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions, and learn more about this issue. The event is free, light refreshments will be served. To attend, register here:
The distinguished panel:
Grover Norquist, Founder & National President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate.
ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all net tax increases. In the 114th Congress, 219 House members and 49 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 14 governors and over 1,000 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Norquist chairs the Washington, DC - based Wednesday Meeting, a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR's conference room. There are now 60 similar center-right meetings in 48 states.
Paul Mitchell, former Chairman of the Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition and the 'Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals'created to defeat last year's ballot initiative to raise Michigan's sales tax. Mitchell led and funded the grassroots effort to fight Proposal 1 that resulted in voters rejecting the tax hike by over 80%voting NO despite being outspent by over 40 to 1. Mr. Mitchell is the former CEO of the Ross Medical Education Center based in St. Clair and a candidate for congress.
Charles N. Steele is Associate Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, where he holdsthe Herman and Suzanne Dettwiler Chair in Economics. He also works as an economic consultant with Hillsdale Policy Group, and is a policy advisor for Heartland Institute. His research interests include resource and energy economics, health care economics, economics of institutional change and transition, and economics of uncertainty and information.
Nick Dranias, President of the Compact For America Educational Foundation, which seeks to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. As a constitutionl attorney, Mr. Dranias previously worked with the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, the Institute for Justice, and the Heartland Institute.