Former Fed to Discuss Economic Turbulence, Policy

Published: September 22, 2009 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Southern Utah University’s School of Business will host Former Deputy Director for President Bush’s National Economic Council Chuck Blahous this Thursday, September 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the Starlight Room, where he will present “Demographics, Recession Economics and the Growth of Government” in an open discussion for the campus and local communities. 

Blahous is the University’s current Eccles Scholar and Leavitt Fellow and is teaching a course about the federal economic process as a visiting scholar to SUU this semester. 

Of his upcoming presentation, Blahous explains, “We are currently witnessing a fundamental transformation of the role of the federal government in Americans’ economic lives. While many have an intuitive sense of the magnitude of this transformation, the underlying factors driving it warrant a detailed exploration.” 

This detailed exploration is what Blahous seeks to do in Thursday’s presentation at SUU. And from his perspective, “younger American’s – students – have a greater stake in these issues than anyone else.” 

Blauhous would like to use this opportunity to better inform students as well as the general public about these issues and hopes a heightened understanding will inspire them to “make informed decisions about what they’d like their government to do and to give those choices a voice.” 

Beyond campus, Blahous is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is an expert on domestic economic policy, especially Social Security policy and reform. He served as deputy director of President Bush’s National Economic Council from 2007-2009 and as special assistant to the President for economic policy from 2001 through 2007. He is the author of Reforming Social Security for Ourselves and Our Posterity, published in 2000, and is currently writing a follow-up book on Social Security policy and reform. 

Blahous’ presentation on Thursday is free and open to the public.

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