Beyond Bolton: A Discussion About the U.S. Economy


Greetings folks. Sorry if I seemed AWOL today. I organized a very large-scale conference on U.S. economic policy today that went quite well — but I have not lost focus of our effort to encourage President Bush to reconsider John Bolton.
Today’s conference, however, was excellent — and is actually part of the work I do in my real job.
Here was the lineup:

New America Foundation
Wednesday, 22 June 2005
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
Steven Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
9:05 a.m.
The State of the U.S. Economy: No-Nonsense Realities and Some Thoughts on Prescriptions
The Honorable Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Director, Congressional Budget Office
9:30 am
Beyond Ideology: What is Going on in the American Economy? A Discussion about Deficits, Jobs, Innovation, and Offshoring
The Honorable Edward Rendell
Governor, State of Pennsylvania
Paul Magnusson
Washington White House & International Economics Correspondent,
Business Week
The Honorable Richard Durbin
Deputy Democratic Leader, U.S. Senate
Sherle Schwenninger
Director, Global Middle Class Program, New America Foundation and Founding Editor, World Policy Journal
Edward “Ted” Alden
Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
11:00 am
Beyond Stockholder Value: Corporate Accountability and Responsibility Today
The Hon. Michael Oxley (OH-4-R)
Chairman, House Committee on Financial Services
U.S. House of Representatives
Sidney Harman
Chairman & CEO
Harman Industries
James V. DeLong
Senior Fellow & Director, Center for the Study of Digital Property
Progress & Freedom Foundation
Phillip H. Rudolph
Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
and former Vice President & International General Counsel, McDonald’s Corporation
The Honorable Tom Daschle
former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
12:30 pm
America’s Eroding Economic System: Comments from an Iconoclastic CEO
Leo Hindery, Jr.
Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners
Former CEO of TCI, AT&T Broadband and Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network
What Should America’s Future Economic Road Map Be?
The Honorable Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
U.S. Senator
2:00 pm
Is America’s Middle Class Making It?? What Needs to Happen to Keep the Middle Class Foundation of America’s Economy Thriving?
The Hon. Gene Sperling
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
and former National Economic Advisor to President Clinton
Alfred Checchi
former Chairman, Northwest Airlines and former Gubernatorial Candidate, State of California
Peter Gosselin
National Economics Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Maya MacGuineas
President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
William A. Niskanen
Chairman, Cato Institute
Jodie Allen
Senior Editor, Pew Research Center
and former Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report
3:15 Adjournment

However, while we were presenting this conference today, I was working the Bolton issue behind the scenes. I will have a post on the latest on Bolton in a few hours.
Sorry to scare some of you folks with the slow posting today.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons