Social Programs and Budget Cuts

Economists and political scholars talked about social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as part of a possible… read more

Economists and political scholars talked about social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as part of a possible agreement on avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” the impending tax increases and budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. Topics included a gradual increase in payroll taxes to offset increased life expectancies, overall tax rates, and the possibility that the fiscal cliff could be used as leverage to force changes to social programs that would otherwise not be considered. They answered questions from audience members at the end of the program.

This program was part of the New America Foundation “On the Cliff” symposium. close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Ettlinger, Michael Vice President Center for American Progress Action Fund->Economic Policy
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Program ID:
309410-3
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 13, 2012
Last Aired:
Nov 27, 2012

Airing Details

  • Nov 13, 2012 | 11:53am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 14, 2012 | 7:42am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 14, 2012 | 6:28pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 16, 2012 | 12:33am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 16, 2012 | 6:19am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 27, 2012 | 5:22pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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