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Kettering, NIF Release Report on National Debt

Since 2011, the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums have focused on the national debt, encouraging dozens of forums across the country to tackle this important issue.  Kettering has just released a report, No Easy Way Out: Citizens Talk About Tackling the Debt, written by Jean Johnson, senior fellow and special adviser for Public Agenda, highlighting the results of these forums.  From the report’s description…

“This new report by Jean Johnson about recent citizen deliberations on the debt suggest the seeds of consensus on how to tackle the problem, but warns that deep cynicism about Washington makes many Americans question whether elected officials will act―and whether they can be trusted to act.”

“While pundits say that most Americans are unrealistic about the scope of the problem and unwilling to support needed changes,  deliberations by groups of citizens around the country suggest that, in fact, this is an issue where solutions exist and are within reach. These deliberative forums, hosted by local groups affiliated with the nonpartisan National Issues Forums Institute, reveal that many citizens are willing to wrestle with the problems of debt and that they understand that getting these problems under control will require broad acceptance of change and sacrifice. Most people seem to yearn for elected officials who will put long-term national interest ahead of near-term politics—leaders who are willing to hammer out a compromise.”

“In dozens of forums held over the past year, citizens were focused, open-minded, and realistic as they weighed alternative paths for stabilizing the debt, as outlined in the A Nation In Debt issue guide. Nearly all citizens were receptive to multiple ideas for needed change. At the same time, most had questions, doubts, and stipulations that leaders need to understand and address.”

More information about this free report, and the issue it focuses on, is available on both the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forums websites.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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