A bipartisan group of politicians and businessmen are reaching out to ordinary Americans, asking them to bring homemade signs and banners to the polls in November (they suggest paint; stencil, or tape). Their goal? Get concerned grassroots organizers to pressure elected officials into finding a bipartisan solution to the impending fiscal cliff.
Former New Hampshire Governor Judd Gregg is a co-chair of the national organization, called Fix The Debt.
The organization was founded by the Clinton Administration’s SBA director Erskine Bowles, and former Senator Alan Simpson — authors of the failed bipartisan debt-reduction plan that came out of President Obama’s 18-member National Commission On Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which was formed in 2010. According to spokesman Jon Romano, Simpson and Bowles founded Fix The Debt as a response to the “unwillingness [of politicians] from both sides to come together.” “CEOs,” Romano says, “are saying this is hurting our business, our economy, and we need Congress to act.”
In a 42 page pamphlet, Fix The Debt calls on citizens to educate each other and pressure their elected officials by organizing community events, showing up with posters at the polls, and hosting call-ins to congresspeople after the November election.
New Hampshire state Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D) and Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau (R), New Hampshire’s statewide co-chairs, and are hosting a media conference in Concord tomorrow to publicize the organization’s outreach plans.