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    Social Security and Retirement Savings

    Witnesses testified on the role of Social Security as a source of retirement income as the number of workers with pensions continued to decline. They agreed that Social Security…

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    Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

    The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on the health care law’s definition of a full-time worker, which is set at 30 hours per week. Committee Republicans say that…

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    Causes of High Unemployment

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Peter Diamond used charts and graphs to talk about the causes of high unemployment. The latest monthly jobs report showed unemployment dropping to 7.3…

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    Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Federal Benefits

    Panelists talked about the implications of a proposed reform to cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security and other federal benefits. The change involves tying COLAs to a…

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    U.S. Tax System

    Panelists talked about tax code reform. Topics included investment income versus earned income, offshore tax avoidance schemes, corporate loopholes, and the income cap on Social…

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    State Pension Battles

    Pension advocates talked about the impact of state budget cuts on public pensions for public employees such as teachers, firefighters, and police.

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    Occupy Washington D.C. Discussion on the Economy

    Occupy D.C. and October2011 Movement organizers hosted a panel discussion proposing changes to the federal budget. The event was organized as a “hearing” on the state of…

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    Congressional Republican Economic and Job Creation Proposals

    Dean Baker and James Sherk talked about congressional Republicans' economic and job creation proposals. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    Securities Transaction Tax

    Participants debated for and against the implementation of a financial transaction tax on trades of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other investments. They focused on the need to…

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    Federal Reserve for the 21st Century

    Participants talked about the future of the Federal Reserve and its role in shaping the U.S. economy. The event included panel discussions on the Federal Reserve’s role in…

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    Corporate Power and Politics

    Panelists talked about the relationships between citizens and corporate culture in America. Among the issues they addressed were the role of the citizen as consumers, employees and…

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    Federal Budget Deficit Reduction

    The Aspen Institute hosted a forum on reducing the federal budget deficit with panelists from a wide variety of viewpoints, including Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform, a member…

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    Federal Deficit Reduction

    Dean Baker talked about the recommendations of the bipartisan National Commission On Fiscal Responsibility And Reform, and Republican Party plans for cutting the federal budget. He…

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    Current Economic Situation

    Amity Shlaes and Dean Baker talked by remote link from the New York City studio about the current economic situation. They reacted to a video clip of President Obama commenting that…

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    President Obama's Economic Agenda

    Dean Baker, co-director for Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Peter Morici, economics professor for University of Maryland, talked about President Obama’s initiatives on…

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    Building a 21st Century Economy

    Panelists spoke to bloggers and activist about the state of the U.S. economy, the impact of economic stimulus measures, prospects for future unemployment levels, and strategies for future…

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    Worker Retirement Security

    A hearing was held on the shortcomings of the nation’s retirement system and how worker could obtain retirement security. The hearing focused on weaknesses weaknesses in the…

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    Book Discussion on Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy

    Dean Baker talked about Plunder and Blunder:The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (Polipoint Press; January 1, 2009). In his book he discusses the growth and “predictable”…

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    Nationalization of U.S. Banks

    Dean Baker and Alex Pollock talked about what "nationalization"of U.S. banks may mean and the current debate over whether banks should be nationalized, and they responded to telephone calls…

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    Home Mortgage Finance Industry, Panel 1

    Sarah Rosen Wartell made welcoming remarks and spoke about housing finance and the future of federal regulation of mortgage policies in light of recent turmoil in credit markets. Susan…

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