Many argue federal entitlement programs–Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid–are crushing the economy and could eat nearly 20 percent of America’s GDP by 2050. Others aren’t so worried and see entitlements as essential elements of the “social safety net,” a notion supported even by F.A. Hayek.
Earlier this year, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin released “The Path to American Prosperity” to address federal government costs by reforming entitlements for Americans younger than 55. But what, exactly, is the “Ryan Plan,” and is it too hot, too cold, or just right?
Three panelists will discuss the Ryan Plan at our next roundtable event on June 29th.
Kevin Curran is an attorney for a not-for-profit agency that represents survivors of domestic violence in divorce, parentage, and order of protection cases. He will argue against the Ryan Plan. In his spare time, Kevin is a member of the Windy City Gay Chorus and blogs about Star Trek at Treknobabble.net.
Larry LaVanway is a liberty-based advocate in the areas of science, intellectual property, and health care policy who supports the Ryan Plan. He is the former Political Director for the Chicago Young Republicans and is currently Vice President of the DuPage Young Republicans. He is a practicing attorney in DuPage County, where he just purchased a home with his fiancée, Nichole.
John Yackley is a financial broker with Rosenthal Collins Group. He ran for the Illinois House as a Libertarian for the 11th District in 2002, and is currently a member of AFF-Chicago’s governing committee. John will argue the Ryan Plan doesn’t go far enough.
Where: Ontourage, 157 W Ontario St., Chicago
When: Wednesday, June 29th, 6-8 PM (program begins at 7 PM)
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or on our our Facebook event page
Price: $10 per person (includes one drink ticket, payable at the door). Members admitted free.
This ain’t no party; this ain’t no disco; this ain’t no foolin’ around.
Entitlements are a major part of the debt discussion that’s just beginning.
We hope to see you for this exciting roundtable!