Are you disappointed with the lack of civic discourse in this election year?
Join fellow members in a Mechanics’ Institute 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.
MI 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 make 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).
When: The seminars will be held on Mondays, from 4-6pm, on July 9, 16, 23, 30.
Where: 4th Floor Board Room
Participation is limited; please apply early.
At the completion of the seminars, the group will present a program for all interested members on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 pm in the 4th floor Meeting Room.