Is America Becoming Ungovernable?

New York, NY

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Washington's Battle Over the Debt Limit

The U.S. government is running out of money – fast. While the country braces for a political showdown in February over increasing the debt limit, some speculate that political polarization is making the United States ungovernable.

Debates about the budget, taxes, social programs, and government spending are fundamental to our future. But these issues are increasing lost in Washington’s prolonged and bitter fighting.

This panel of New School experts on economics and politics will discuss the past, present and future of political dysfunction from a perspective that is outside the mainstream debate of cuts vs. spending. They will explore the historical and structural causes that brought us here and offer new ideas for moving the country forward to overcome polarization on our key economic issues, including inequality, proper support for the elderly, and fair taxation.

 

Participants:

Rick McGahey – The Politics of the Debt Limit Debate
Professor of Professional Practice in Public Policy and Economics, Urban Policy
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Teresa Ghilarducci – Social Security and Medicare Are Not the Problem
Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA)
Department Chair and Professor of Economics and Policy
The New School for Social Research

Darrick Hamilton – Obama's Challenge: Addressing Inequality and Asset Building
Associate Professor, Urban Policy
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

David Plotke – The Past and Future of Political Polarization
Professor of Political Science, The New School for Social Research

 

Co-Sponsors:

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement

Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School for Social Research