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Upcoming event: Spending, public debt and constitutional design

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Spending, public debt, and constitutional design: Remarks by Michael W. McConnell

The Walter Berns Constitution Day Lecture

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time:  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Spending and borrowing are often seen as policy issues, not as constitutional ones. But the Constitution’s architects thought long and hard about the democratic tendency to pursue particular votes at the expense of the common good, to favor central government at the expense of the productive hinterlands, and to neglect the long term to curry favor in the present. As the U.S. approaches an unprecedented fiscal crisis, it is worth revisiting the founders’ ideas about the relation between fiscal policy and constitutional design.

In honor of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, the Program on American Citizenship will celebrate Constitution Day with a lecture by Michael W. McConnell, Richard & Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. This event is the first in a lecture series named for distinguished scholar Walter Berns.


4:45 PM: Registration

5:00 PM: Introduction, Gary Schmitt, AEI

Remarks: Michael W. McConnell, Stanford Law School

6:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception

Register here.