Simpson to speak at Mesa about deficit reduction plan
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, half of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission, will speak this month at Colorado Mesa University.
Simpson worked with Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, to fashion a $3.9 trillion, 10-year plan that included about $2.2 trillion in spending cuts, $673 billion in reduced interest payments and $1 trillion in tax increases.
President Obama, who sought the commission’s recommendations, never adopted it because, Simpson told Bloomberg News, he was “terrified” of the deficit issue.
Simpson, who served in the Senate from 1979 to 1997, will address the commission’s recommendations in his speech at noon Feb. 20 in the Colorado Mesa University Center ballroom.
Admission is $50 per ticket, which can be purchased online at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/speakersbureau or through the Colorado Mesa University Foundation office, 248-1902.
During his tenure, Simpson served as the Republican whip and assistant Republican leader in the Senate, and he held numerous committee chairmanships.
He has lectured at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served for two years as the Director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. He is the co-chairman of the Continuity in Government Commission, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, cochairman of the Commission on Writing, and former member of the Iraq Study Group.
Simpson’s appearance is sponsored by The Daily Sentinel and Shaw Construction.