Comeback America

Comeback America Initiative
National Policy
Strongsville, OH; Springfield, VA
September - October 2012

As part of the 10 Million Dollar a Minute National Bus Tour, The Comeback America Initiative held two meetings in partnership with AmericaSpeaks in the fall of 2012 on the major financial and policy challenges facing our country regarding the debt and deficit.  The first was on September 15th in Strongsville, Ohio, which is part of the 16th Congressional District.  About 120 registered voters attended this 4 hour meeting.  The second meeting was held in Springfield, Virginia on October 10th.  Close to 200 registered voters attended this meeting of the same length.  Both meetings had the same materials and program design and both had a politically representative group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

The four hour meeting was a space in which participants could work together with their neighbors and meeting presenters, Alice Rivlin, former Cabinet official and budget expert, and David M. Walker, former Comptroller General and Founder of the Comeback America Initiative, to explore possible solutions to the fiscal challenges confronting our country. Reform proposals were presented across 8 different policy areas and nearly all of the reform packages received more than 70% support (somewhat or strongly support) from both Ohio and Virginia audiences.