The Blame Game: The Economy and the Election


The late President Ronald Reagan once said that “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  On the cusp of an election in which the economy is the issue at heart of much of the debate between the two main parties, it’s a good time to look back at the last four years and ahead to November.  Our October 11 Dinner Discourse speaker, Mr. Tim Penny, notes that “Incumbent presidents have historically faced tough re-election odds in tough economic times.  Will this pattern play out again in 2012?”

Mr. Penny goes on to note that “In 2008, then candidate Obama surged past John McCain, his campaign fueled by voter desire for “change” in the midst of a recession and the aftermath of a financial industry melt-down.  Looking back over the past four years and ahead to November, how has Obama’s economic record influenced this year’s election?  More importantly, does either party have the formula for economic success?  And, do voters tend to support a candidate who tells some hard economic truths?  As this year’s campaign concludes, it is clear that both political parties are playing the “blame game”.  But come November 6, who will the voters blame?”

On October 11, Mr. Tim Penny will be sharing his thoughts on the “blame game” related to the economy and the election. Mr. Penny is currently the President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation – a regional charity focused on early childhood education and entrepreneurship.  He previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute and a Senior Counselor to the public relations firm, Himle Horner.  For twelve years (1982-94), Penny represented southern Minnesota in the US Congress and was an Independent Party candidate for Minnesota Governor in 2002.  He is co-chair of the Economic Club in Minnesota, co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and a board member of Minnesota Common Cause and the bipartisan Concord Coalition.

 Event Details:

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Anderson Student Center, Woulfe-North (3rd Floor), UST St. Paul Campus

Cost: $29.00 per person

Registration deadline is October 3, 2012 (payment must be in the Center office no later than this date)

Click this link for the downloadable registration form you can print out, complete and mail in with your check: Fall 2012 Registration Form

Author: Susan Anderson-Benson, Center Program Manager


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