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How Do You Think We Should Fix the U.S. Budget?

Citizens invited to talk budget policies

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010  |  Updated 7:46 AM CDT
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How Do You Think We Should Fix the U.S. Budget?

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Dallas joins 18 other cities in the AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy national town hall meeting. Let’s hope they just speak and don’t shout.

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We all have our thoughts and ideas on solving the federal budget situation. Cut this program. Tax that sin. Throw the bums out and elect a whole new slate of bums.

Three foundations -- the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation -- want to hear the ideas set forth by the average citizen concerning the U.S. fiscal situation. Makes sense, we pay for it.

The foundations will conduct a 19-city town hall meeting -- Dallas included -- linking participants by satellite broadcasts and Internet video in which ordinary people voice their opinions and concerns. The sessions -- AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy -- play out from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 26, with Ballroom C at the Dallas Convention Center serving as the Dallas location.

Hey, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson likes this. Register online to participate.

According to a news release published by Pegasus News, “The public discussion will produce a set of national priorities that AmericaSpeaks will present to the president and Congress, as well as the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.”

It’s all billed as a nonpartisan confab, but c’mon, money … government … yeah, I see a whole lot of civil discourse in this future.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He makes it a rule to avoid talking about politics and religion. Those things will get you killed.

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