For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.
On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.
Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, NY, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)
After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.
Ever since playing such pivotal roles in the Watergate scandal, America’s presidential earthquake in the 1970’s, the two have been investigative reporting rock stars, and I was going to see them!
Four Decades Ago
Riding past the Watergate Hotel in 1973, during the summer I spent job hunting in Washington, DC, I stared at the curved buildings as if enough willpower could summon a recreation of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there the year before.
In 1974 President Nixon resigned after investigations spearheaded by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein revealed break-in cover-up attempts that led all the way to the White House.
In 1976 the Academy Award-winning movie based on their non-fiction book All the President’s Men vividly brought to life the events that both brought down a president and profoundly altered the perception of the institution of the American presidency.
Back to the Present
Forty years later, on March 20, 2012, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein spoke at Hofstra University about the Watergate legacy.
First they discussed their investigation into the break-in, and its cover-up, of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Wash. DC, which lead to the resignation of President Nixon.
Then the journalists answered questions from the full-house audience.
It was the first of a long series of outstanding Hofstra Debate 2012 Signature Events – all open and free to the public – that I covered this year. Talk about setting the bar high!