As political campaigns shift into high gear and take over media coverage and national discussions, the Fix the Debt campaign has been able to break through and get noticed.
The past two weeks of political conventions included acknowledgment of the need to address the burgeoning national debt, but little substance on a feasible approach for doing so. With Congress returning from recess next week, Members of both parties should be working to lay the groundwork for the enactment of a comprehensive debt reduction package to replace the abrupt, automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled at year's end.
On our last day on the ground in Charlotte, we heard from Millenials and Baby Boomers, and everything in between. We heard from young people who said that they care about, "investment in [their] own future, and our country's future." We heard parents calling on Congress to work together to find a solution that addresses the debt, but does so in a responsible way. As one father said, "we need to do it for our children, and future generations, we can't saddle them with the debt we currently have."
Yesterday was an exciting day at the Democratic National Convention. There is broad consensus that the debt is a serious problem, with former President Clinton even driving the issue home in his nomination speech. From our conversations with folks on the ground, the urgency and importance of tackling the debt is apparent. Watch for yourself what we heard.
This week, the Fix the Debt team is on the ground in Charlotte, talking to voters about our nation's fiscal challenges, and getting attendees to sign the Citizen's Petition to Fix the Debt.