Beyond the fiscal sound bites
This presidential campaign season has featured debates aplenty - and yet, when it comes to fiscal and economic issues, the discussion has been both unedifying and unsatisfying. The economy, of course, has to be the short-term priority. But over the longer haul, the United States must put its fiscal house in order or nose into an era of decline. And that’s where the Concord Coalition comes in. The well-known centrist anti-deficit watchdog is working with the University of New Hampshire on a series of forums that would feature the individual presidential candidates outlining their plans to UNH students. A panel of UNH law and business school students would then query the candidate about those plans. Concord would first brief the students about our long-term fiscal problems, the better to ensure that they’ll push for more than the simplistic assertions that too often pass as debate answers.