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    Remarks by Peter G. Peterson

    2012 Fiscal Summit

    (As Prepared for Delivery)

    First, a brief history of this Fiscal Summit.

    As recently as a few years ago, there was still a lack of awareness and an abundance of apathy over the unsustainable long-term debt situation in America.

    I felt like the Philosophy professor in the old joke. When he asked his class which was worse, ignorance or apathy, a sleepy student from the back of the room called out, “I don’t know and I don’t care!”


    Issues in Brief: PGPF Research

    The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is committed to finding solutions to our nation's long-term fiscal challenges, thereby helping to secure a strong economic future for all Americans.

    This fall, PGPF research staff will publish a series of one-page articles, providing objective analyses on major government programs and policies. Check back regularly for new articles.


    2014 Fiscal Summit: Opening Remarks

    Michael Peterson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation, gave opening remarks, highlighting the connection between the nation's fiscal outlook and economic growth. Peterson pointed out that while the economy has improved, there is still much work to be done, as unemployment remains high, growth is sluggish, and "too many American families have yet to feel economic relief."


    Voters Want Bipartisan Action on Fiscal Issues and are Willing...

    Even party extremes want bipartisan progress: 93% of Liberal Democrats and 85% of Tea Party supporters strongly agree that both parties should work together to solve our long-term fiscal and economic problems.

    67% of registered voters strongly agree that "I am willing to do my part to reduce the national debt, as long as other people also do their part."


    Statement from Foundation President & COO Michael A. Peterson on Congressional...

    "Although modest progress has been made on short-term fiscal issues, the CBO outlook shows us that the nation has by no means solved its debt problem. The CBO report confirms that our debt as a share of GDP is projected to increase over the next 10 years, and rise sharply thereafter.


Fiscal Confidence Index

Survey: Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, the Fiscal Confidence Index is a monthly national survey that measures public opinion about the national debt.

The Tax Reform Opportunity

Video: Our tax code is complex, unfair, and insufficient. Learn more about the opportunity we have to reform and improve tax policy.