The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Brooks Family Lecture Series

Trustee Mort Kondracke '60 discusses Jack Kemp

With the presidential election coming up rapidly, politics has once again risen to the forefront of our thoughts. Especially as primaries and caucuses for party nominations go on, the media and the public alike are debating likely nominees and general election scenarios. One reason for this even more intense than usual scrutiny, perhaps, is the great divergence in the ideologies of the candidates running this time. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the candidates run the whole gamut of political ideologies, and it seems that they are focusing on differentiating themselves from the other party more than ever. This extreme polarization of the candidates and the general populace supporting them is concerning to many.

On March 2, 2016, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center welcomed Dartmouth alum Morton Kondracke ’60 to discuss Jack Kemp and how his ideology may help turn the country away from such extremism. His remarks in particular focused on specific policies Jack Kemp suggested, and how those may help America revive growth, family prosperity and national morale.

Public Program: Q&A with Former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue

Before his talk on October 27 titled "The Coming Battles Over Social Security," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Michael Astrue for an interview.

Public Program: The Brooks Family Lecture - "The Coming Battles over Social Security" with Michael Astrue

Please join us for the Brooks Family Lecture presented by Michael Astrue entitled, “The Coming Battles over Social Security,” in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall at 5:30 pm on October 27, 2014.

Social Security has remained a source of controversy as the United States considers how it can reconcile the program’s increasing costs with budgetary demands. The current gridlock raises questions as to how we can address disability and retirement in the United States. Additionally, it is important to discuss what will happen with Social Security looking forward.

Michael Astrue, the former Commissioner of Social Security, will discussing the implications of the insolvency of the disability trust fund in 2016 and the insolvency of the retirement and survivors trust fund in 2033. How will we fix disability? How will we fix retirement?

 

 

 

"Debating Income Inequality: What's the Problem? What's the Solution?" with Greg Mankiw and Jared Bernstein

For the past several decades, income inequality in the United States has grown significantly and has become one of the most-talked about issues among many scholars, economists, and politicians. As we soon enter into the 2014 election cycle, income inequality will surely be an important topic for the candidates to address.

However, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding income inequality. Why exactly is income inequality a problem and what are the appropriate solutions to try to solve it? The Nelson. A Rockefeller Center, along with the Political Economy Project, is proud to welcome two leading economists, Greg Mankiw and Jared Bernstein, to debate these issues at Dartmouth College.

Q & A with Former NH Senator Judd Gregg

 

Former Senator Judd Gregg is serving as Dartmouth's first Distinguished Fellow and  will be teaching, lecturing, and counseling Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students. Having served as senator for three terms and serving the state of New Hampshire as Governor from 1989 to 1993, Senator Gregg will remain at Dartmouth for three years to engage with students interested in government and public policy. Before presenting his public lecture on Federal Budgeting in a Post-Cliff Environment, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Senator Gregg for a brief interview. 

Senator Judd Gregg Presents: "Federal Budgeting in a Post-Cliff Environment" at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Jan. 28, 2013

In the twilight hours before the impending fiscal cliff, America’s politicians were able to come to a bipartisan compromise and pass the “Cliff Bill.” By passing the bill at the last possible moment, were the politicians heroes or was this a bill that should have been passed before the issue became so pressing? Furthermore, one may wonder if this bill actually fixes the fiscal cliff and its underlying causes, or does it simply kick that can down the road and postpone impending fiscal tragedy?

Senator Judd Gregg served three terms in the U.S. Senate, including time as the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. He personally dealt with many of the problems that led to the fiscal cliff, and will share his professional knowledge on how this recently passed Cliff Bill will affect fiscal policy, the federal debt, the federal deficit, and the overall federal budgeting process.

"Healthcare Litigation: US States v. US Government" with VA Solicitor General on Feb. 15 at 4:30 PM

America’s health care future lies in the balance, and Virginia’s Solicitor General E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., is one of the key figures in the legislative battle surrounding “Obamacare.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the subject of numerous lawsuits; Getchell was instrumental in the Commonwealth of VA v. Sebelius case, where the State of Virginia claimed the new health care bill infringed on states’ rights.

Getchell will speak of the current litigation between the 28 states, including Virginia, and the U.S. Government, specifically:

 

  • The arguments against the constitutionality of the health care mandate are doctrinally modest.
  • The arguments in favor of Congress's power to require a citizen to purchase a good or service from another citizen lack principled limits and are therefore doctrinally extravagant.
  • The novelty of the claimed power gives rise to a presumption against Congress having the power.

 

Public Program Preview: Keith Hennessey, The Brooks Family Lecture

Keith HennesseyFormer Director, National Economic Council
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
"The Size and Scope of Government in an Aging America"

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