Election 2012: Tax Reform




Election 2012: Tax Reform

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

$10 non-members

$7 members, students and teachers

FREE for 1787 members




Reservations required. Please call 215.409.6700 or order online.

F.M. Kirby Auditorium
National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

This event is part of Election 2012, the Center’s yearlong programming series on the key issues facing Americans during this important election year.

Do we need a more competitive tax policy to generate a better environment for businesses to grow? Do we need a flat tax? Is it time to revive former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan? With the American economy still struggling and taxpayers in the toughest position in generations, taxes and tax reform is one of the key issues in the 2012 presidential election. What will work and what won’t—voters need to be informed to decide. Rich Lowrie, who served as Cain’s economic advisor during his recent White House bid and was co-author of the controversial 9-9-9 plan joins White House veteran Bruce Bartlett and economics professor Rosanne Altshuler for a lively and important conversation. David Eisner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

Bruce Bartlett is a columnist for The Fiscal Times, an online newspaper covering the economy, business and personal finance, and for Tax Notes, a weekly magazine for tax policymakers and practitioners. His writing often focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. Bartlett’s work is informed by many years in government, including service on the staffs of Congressmen Ron Paul and Jack Kemp and Senator Roger Jepsen; as staff director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress; senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House; and deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush administration. He is the author of seven books.

Rosanne Altshuler is a professor in the economics department at Rutgers University. She has been active in both the academic and policy worlds throughout her career. She returned to Rutgers in September 2010 after spending a year as the director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Prior to taking the helm at the Center, Altshuler was its co-director and a senior fellow of the Urban Institute. During previous leaves from Rutgers University, she served as senior economist to the President’s Advisory Panel of Federal Tax Reform (2005) and acting special advisor to the Joint Committee on Taxation (2004). She has been a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department and Finance Canada. She has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University and New York University’s School of Law.

Rich Lowrie is Senior Economic Advisor to Herman Cain and co-author of the campaign’s signature “9-9-9 Plan”. He has served on advisory boards to American’s for Prosperity and the American Conservative Union. He manages a Cleveland based investment advisory practice and has a degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University.

David Eisner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center. Eisner assumed leadership of the Center following a five-year tenure as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the independent federal agency that oversees America’s national service programs, including AmeriCorps, VISTA and Senior Corps. Eisner was previously a senior executive at AOL Time Warner and America Online, Inc., where he established and directed the AOL Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to using the power of media and information technology to serve the public interest.

A book sale and signing with Bruce Bartlett will follow the program, courtesy of Joseph Fox Bookshop.

Parking is available for $9.00 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. Programs at the National Constitution Center begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted to the program.

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