Citizens’ Jury Series on the National Debt in San Francisco

Staring July 9th, and running through the month, members of the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco can take part in a four-part seminar series about the national debt. The series will be moderated and include a combination of expert speakers, issue study, debate and deliberation. The first seminar, July 9th, 2012, will focus on the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin reports and feature two speakers. The public is invited to submit an application (second page) to attend. From their announcement

Join fellow members in a Citizens’ Jury to wrestle with current issues of national interest. This moderated seminar, first in a projected series, will study the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin reports, debate and deliberate alternative solutions, and seek to arrive at statements of agreement for governmental action to reduce the national debt.

Mechanics’ Institute members Avery Chope, retired from a career in banking and finance that spanned the globe, and Steve Weiner, retired Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, are preparing a four-session seminar to offer members of differing opinions an opportunity to study the issue and discuss the merits of proposed solutions. Participants who wish to do so will be encouraged to write a personal opinion statement for possible publication. The Library will provide copies of the reports for all participants: The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: The Moment of Truth (Simpson-Bowles) and Restoring America’s Future: Reviving the Economy, Cutting Spending and Debt, and Creating a Simple, Pro-Growth Tax System (Domenici-Rivlin).

The seminars will be held on Mondays, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, on July 9, 16, 23, 30 in the 4th floor Board Room, Mechanics’ Institute. Participation is limited so please apply early. Contact Sharon Miller at [email protected] or 415-393-0113 for more details. You can also download additional documentation directly from the National Issues Forums.

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