RU to screen movie, host fiscal responsibility town hall
The Political Science Society and the Student Government Association at Radford University will be viewing the Academy Award nominated documentary “I.O.U.S.A.” Tuesday.
“I.O.U.S.A.” is a documentary that explores the country’s current fiscal condition and ways to avoid an economic catastrophe.
Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country’s shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.
Tuesday’s event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in room 206 at McGuffey Hall with a “town hall” meeting to follow.
Phil Smith of the Concord Coalition will be on hand for the screening. The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates responsible fiscal policy.
Smith is the National Director and the Southern Regional Director for the Concord Coalition.
Tanya Corbin, an associate professor of political science at Radford, encourages members of the community to come and be a part of the event.
Corbin believes national debt is something on the minds of many Americans, including residents of the New River Valley.
“In a Gallup public opinion poll taken last week, voters cited the Federal budget deficit and the national debt as the most important issue in this year’s Presidential election,” Corbin said. “Voters know that the budget is a reflection of a nation’s priorities and values, and they know that their lives are affected by our federal budget.”
Because of the complexity of the budgeting process, few people understand the process and its implications, Corbin added.
Corbin said she hopes bringing the Concord Coalition to Radford will help citizens begin to understand the budget process and implications budgetary policy has in their own lives and their future.
“This will help voters make informed decisions in the upcoming national elections,” Corbin said. “The ‘I.O.U.S.A.’ film makes the federal budgetary process accessible and the subsequent discussion will further develop the ideas in the film.”
For more information about the screening, email Corbin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-5854.
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