36 hours of awesome (if you're a political junkie)

The first debate of the 2016 election cycle is almost upon us. As of the writing of this post, we don't yet know which 10 of the dozens of GOP hopefuls will make the cut. (We're pretty sure that Mark Everson, pictured above, won't make the cut, but he was the first GOP hopeful to address the City Club this year.) What we do know is that the City Club will be host to three different events over two days that amount to an all-you-can-eat buffet for the political junkie in all of us. 

The first event is the morning of August 6th. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is coming in for a breakfast forum to make their pitch on why the national debt should be the most pressing issue in the race for the White House. Cleveland corporate leader Sandy Cutler of Eaton will be on the panel (he's on Fix The Debt's CEO Fiscal Leadership Council) along with Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. That panel may grow, and we're working to recruit the perfect moderator. (Doors open at 8 a.m. Program starts at 8:30.)

On the evening of 8/6, we're joining forces with the Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Young Professional Senate and ideastream to present a debate watch party (with free admission!). We've got a somewhat extended program that evening, starting with networking, roundtable conversations on the issues most important to you, a panel conversation and Q&A with local leading political analysts (which will be broadcast live, by the way), and then a presentation of the debate. 

The following day, Friday, August 7th, the City Club hosts Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee for a kind of rebuttal to the GOP debate, a presentation of what the Democrats believe is at stake in the 2016 general election. 

Deep dives on the issues, examination of candidates, robust presentation of ideas and perspectives from all sides--pure City Club of Cleveland. We hope you can be there for some of it, maybe all of it


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  • Lawrence Boros

    So far all of the candidates in both parties seem clueless regarding the Federal Deficit. Over the last twenty years the accumulated Federal deficit has tracked right along with the accumulated trade deficit. Every dollar of trade deficit reduces combined Federal and State revenue by about two dollars. The trade deficit has off-shored over 70 million wage earning jobs and created a lot of personal tragedy. Tariff free trade is only "free" when it is balanced. As a person, enterprise, or a national economy, when you consume more volume than you create you have to give up capital. If you do not have capital, you have to borrow or create funny money. If you cannot borrow or create funny money, then you experience deprivation. For the last twenty years this national economy has bled up to $800 billion in capital every year off shore. We actually perpetuate poverty by the way we miss-define it. We confuse poverty with the deprivation that it causes and try to mitigate deprivation though handouts tied to electioneering. Poverty is the inability of the individual to create value for himself and for others. We all have the inalienable right to be empowered to create value and this requires all of five resources for every individual. 1. A sense of positive persistence and a desire to create value. 2. Knowledge of ways to create legitimate value. 3. Enterprises that provide the tools with which to create value. 4. Health and hygiene. 5. Security of rewards and security of person. Life is full of snags and all great things are accomplished in spite of difficulties. Positive persistence is absolutely necessary. Educational attainment has declined over the last sixty years as school districts consolidated and teachers support organizations changed into consolidated unions. With huge trade deficits and the highest corporate income tax rate in the world, we have bled over 70 million jobs to overseas. The affordable health care act was totally misdirected and fixated on insurance coverage rather than changing the business model for healthcare where our bodies are held hostage while we are charged ala carte without any upfront transparency on costs or competency thanks to the AMA. We need a website listing every healthcare provider, their services, their cost for services, and their cure rate based upon prognosis. The lack of security of rewards dooms socialism every time. The lack of personal security stifles value creation every time. There is a lot more to present but most people really do not understand this and most politicians really do not care as long as they are re-elected.