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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation and National Press Foundation Jointly Host Media Seminar on Spending Crisis


A bit of history will be made Oct. 31 at the National Press Club when the Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation and the National Press Foundation jointly host "The Future America Cannot Afford: An Issue Seminar for the Media."

The event has an historic feel to it because it is the first time ever that Heritage and Brookings, which normally represent opposing viewpoints on many public policy issues, agree on the nature (if not the specific solutions) of such a fundamental problem as the critical need to reform federal entitlement spending. Also, the National Press Foundation has never before co-hosted such an event with one, much less two, think tanks.

The seminar will open with an address by David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States. Walker will be followed by a presentation on "The Big Choices" by Heritage's Stuart Butler and Brookings' Isabel Sawhill.

Two panel discussions follow the Butler-Sawhill presentation, with the first focusing on "The Health Care Problem" and featuring Heritage's Robert Moffitt and Jack Meyers of Brookings.

The second will focus on "Are Taxes or Spending Controls the Answer?" and will feature Bill Beach and Brian Riedl of Heritage, Joseph Minarik of the Committee for Economic Development and Robert Reischauer of the Urban Institute.

The seminar will conclude with a luncheon discussion focusing on the media's problems in covering the entitlements crisis and featuring Susan Milligan of The Boston Globe, David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal and Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters blog.

The seminar is free and open to mainstream journalists and bloggers only. For more information, contact: Mark.Tapscott@Heritage.org