A Roadmap for Reform: 24 Ideas to Help Secure America’s Future
Washington still needs to achieve a “Grand Bargain” in 2013, but that’s going to be tough since the very modest fiscal cliff agreement did not address our unsustainable social insurance programs and outdated tax system. Our federal elected officials are not providing the needed leadership and both parties are slanting the facts and providing half-truths based on their partisan and ideological views.
CAI is here to provide the truth and specific examples of possible reforms to help restore fiscal sanity and sustainability. These reforms encompass eight different reform areas that should be part of a comprehensive fiscal plan. All reforms are intended to meet the six key principles that should guide any “Grand Bargain.” Any comprehensive reform plan should meet all six of the below criteria:
- Socially equitable
- Culturally acceptable
- Mathematically accurate
- Politically feasible
- Able to gain meaningful bipartisan support
CAI is not advocating these specific reforms. These reform examples come from a range of bi-partisan commissions, think tanks, and other sources. They are illustrative, not comprehensive, but simply represent some of the options that could be considered in reaching a fiscal “Grand Bargain.” These individual reforms should not be considered in isolation. We ask you to consider a package of reforms within each area because in reality it will require multiple, related reforms to get the job done.
A full booklet of reforms can also be found here. All of these reforms were discussed at two town hall events with representative groups of voters in Ohio and Virginia in fall of 2012. To find out more about the town hall events or the $10 Million a Minute Bus Tour, click here.
Participants of the two town hall events were polled on their support for the eight packages of reforms. When you go to the page for each reform area the polling results from the town hall events are listed. We encourage you to use the social media tools below to express your support, or if you disagree, make comments about why. In addition, we encourage you to provide other options that you believe should be considered.