Grandma's Benefits Imperil Junior's Future

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Senior Benefits

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Commitments made to seniors decades ago failed to foresee the harsh economic realities of the present. Do entitlements saddle our children with unmanageable debt, asking them to sacrifice their future for the sake of the elderly? Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid were created to provide a social safety net. But if we cut these programs, are we balancing the budget on the backs of the aged and sick, leaving behind society’s most vulnerable?

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    Margaret Hoover

    Fox News Commentator and Author, American Individualism

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    Mort Zuckerman

    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report

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    Jeff Madrick

    Leading Economic Analyst and Editor of Challenge Magazine

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    Howard Dean

    Former DNC Chairman and Governor of Vermont

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Hoover

For The Motion

Margaret Hoover

Fox News Commentator and Author, American Individualism

Margaret Hoover is a Fox News Contributor and the author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party. Hoover is a veteran of the Bush Administration White House, where she worked in the Office of Management and Budget and served as Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She's also worked on two presidential campaigns, at the Department of Homeland Security, and on Capitol Hill. Hoover is committed to renewing the Republican Party to enable it to connect with a new generation of Americans, by embracing a conservatism that emphasizes individual freedom and fiscal responsibility as the central pillars of conservatism.

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Mort Zuckerman

For The Motion

Mort Zuckerman

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report

Mort Zuckerman is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and Publisher of the New York Daily News. He is also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Boston Properties Inc. A frequent commentator on The McLaughlin Group, Zuckerman argues, “A new era of American austerity is the only way to put things right.” A recipient of three honorary degrees and a graduate of McGill University, McGill Law School, The Wharton Graduate School of Business and Harvard Law School, Zuckerman is a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering and a member of The International Peace Institute, the Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management Committee, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Dean

Against The Motion

Howard Dean

Former DNC Chairman and Governor of Vermont

In 1982 Howard Dean transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont, serving as Governor for 12 years. Dean left office in 2003 to run for President, implementing innovative fundraising strategies via the Internet and fundamentally changing the way campaigns are run in America. During his tenure as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created the “50-state strategy,” a strategy credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. A graduate of Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Howard Dean currently works as an independent consultant focusing on health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

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Madrick

Against The Motion

Jeff Madrick

Leading Economic Analyst and Editor of Challenge Magazine

A former economics columnist for The New York Times, and current Editor of Challenge Magazine, Jeff Madrick is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. The author of several award-winning books, Madrick recently authored, Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 – Present, a Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for spring 2011 and Washington Post’s Political Best Seller. Age of Greed outlines a vivid history of how greed bred America’s economic ills and the men most responsible for it. Madrick has also served as a policy consultant and speech writer for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and other U.S. legislators.

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    • Comment Link Richard Blackmore Monday, 30 July 2012 04:32 posted by Richard Blackmore

      Interesting that Ms. Hoover did not mention that the "trust fund" tax increase occured under Ronald Reagan. As for the debt... there are other more important causes. I agree that some limited reform of social security is needed. And that more reform is needed for medicare.

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