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Notes on Guest Speakers' Lectures, 2010-11

Page compiled by Jeremy Lewis, revised 11 Mar. '11

  • Erskine Bowles, lecture to Leadership Alabama, 7 April 2011
  • Andrew Bacevich, "The Limits to War," Stallworth Lecturer, 15 March 2011
  • Charlie Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, at AWAC 8 March 2011
  • Patrick Dean '07, esq., who graduated from Cumberland school of law in 2010 dropped by the talk to current students 8 Feb. '11.
  • Thursday 27 Jan.: Speaker, Daniel Castellucci, Liberty University School of Law, in PSC 314 Constitutional Law
  • Presidential Colloquy on South Korea, featuring former Ambassadors and Negotiators, was enjoyed by several invited political science students.
  • panel discussion: Future of Korea, at AWAC 1 February 2011, with same speakers
  • Duncan Kirkwood, candidate for City Council district 7, dropped by to speak briefly to class in February.
  • Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, at AWAC 16 November 2010
  • His Honor, Todd Strange, the Mayor of Montgomery, on the budget and development projects of the city, 14 Sep. 2010 in PSC 201, Flowers 203
  • Gen. Tom McInerney at AWAC, 28 Sep. '10.
  • Joe Hubbard '03, esq., religion major and now lawyer, running for State House district 73.  He spoke to PSC 201 about the political campaign, and to PACT 103.2C he offered counters to whatever arguments they came up with, on their choice of motion, which was "HC is too expensive."
  • Felix Parker '07, political science major and now political director, Alabama Democrats. He spoke to both PSC 201 and PSC 311 about the campaign process in Alabama, the structure of the state's political parties, the influence of many and TV ads from the RCCC and DCCC, and offered paid internships to students wishing to canvass in the campaign.
  • Amb. Barbalic at AWAC, 26 Oct. '10, spoke of opportunities for Bosnia to reform its complex political system and develop into a full member of the EU.
  • Judge Roy Moore, Center for Moral Law, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, in PSC 201, 28 Oct. 2010
  • Pizza with Professionals, Flowers 203, noon, Monday 8 Nov. 2010, featuring an all-star cast:
  • Dean Sharron Herron, PhD, Alabama State University and President of the Alabama Political Science Association (ALaPSA)
  • Anthony Leigh, Vice President of Development at HC and former aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions
  • Emily Thompson, Chief of Staff for the AL Secretary of State
  • and, from Anzalone Research, a national campaign consultancy based in Montgomery: Zack McCreary

  •  His Honor, Todd Strange, the Mayor of Montgomery, on the budget and development projects of the city, 14 Sep. 2010 in PSC 201, Flowers 203.
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    Judge Roy Moore, Center for Moral Law, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, in PSC 201, 28 Oct. 2010
    Judge Moore frequently recited paragraphs of literature plus some clauses of the US Constitution and amendments, and we will attempt to retrace here his argument -- and [in square brackets] to possible counterarguments for class. Page numbers are from his handout booklet. His counsel, Benjamin Dupré, also contributed comments.

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    Presidential Colloquy on South Korea, featuring former Ambassadors and Negotiators
    See notes on AWAC web pages.

    "Colloquy focuses on South Korea: Seven students were among those who participated in a Presidential Colloquy panel discussion about South Korean economics and politics in the Office of the President last week.  Those participating included President J. Cameron West; Dr. Kyle Fedler, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty; professors Dr. Jeremy Lewis, political science; Dr. James Albritton, history; Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, finance and economics; and students Russ Barnwell '13 (English/Political Science; Jacksonville, Ala.), Abby Carter '12 (Psychology; Charlotte, N.C.), John Dean '13 (Political Science; Randolph, Ala.), Lauren Miller '13 (Business Ad.; Cheyenne, Wy.), Amanda Jo Napier '11 (English/History; Montgomery, Ala.), Zachary Turner '14 (Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.), and Chimee Zorigtbaatar'12 (Business Ad.; Bulgan, Mongolia). The panel was comprised of Greg Scarlatoiu, director of public affairs and business issues for the Korea Economic Institute, Washington, D.C.; Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard, president, Korea Economic Institute and former ambassador and special envoy for negotiations to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; and Mr. Aloysius O'Neill, consultant, Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The panel was moderated by Lieutenant General Charles "Chick" Cleveland, retired, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base." -- Su Ofe

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    Links on Andrew Bacevich, "The Limits to War," Stallworth Lecturer, 15 March 2011

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    Erskine Bowles, lecture to Leadership Alabama
    and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama
    on April 7, 2011 in Birmingham, AL
    Notes by Bill Butler

    Disclaimer: these notes were typed as the speech was delivered without a printed copy for reference. All facts, and especially numbers, should be verified if cited.


    Co-Chair of President Obama's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010-Present)
    President of the University of North Carolina (2005-2010)
    United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (2005)
    Former Chief of Staff for President Clinton (1996-1997)
    The Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform first met in August of 2010. It is comprised of 18 members; six senators, six congressman, and six presidential appointees. The commission was bipartisan: comprised of 10 Democrats and 8 Republicans. On December 1st, the commission submitted a report, but received 11 'yea' votes (5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 1 Independent) from the 18 members, and was therefore unable to achieve a supermajority of 14. Despite the fact that the commissions' recommendation achieved all of President Obama's given objectives, the President has failed to endorse the recommendation.

    no good news

    we face one of the most predicable economic catastrophes in our history
    Our most recent recession was a surprise, by most accounts. The disaster we face is all too clear, all too certain.
    If we continue our current spending trends, then in 2020, we will spend over one trillion on servicing debt. Total tax revenue today: 1.1 trillion
    Can't grow our way out
    -We could have double digit growth for two decades and still doesn't fix it.
    Can't tax our way out of it.
    - Would kill businesses if we raised the tax rates to the points necessary.
    Can't cut our way out.
     Al Simpson (the other chair)- great partner.
    Tried to develop a doable idea.
    Chose 6 Accepted principles to follow:
    1) Can't disrupt the very fragile economic recovery.
    The recovery today is real, but fragile.
    Got spending levels cut back to 2008 levels by 2013 (consists of a modest in 2012, and a major one in 2013)

    2) Didn't want to hurt the disadvantaged.
    Didn't cut food stamps.
    Raised minimum poverty level.
    Raised retirement age one year in 40 years (to 69). Hardship provision for manual labor jobs.
    Cut medicaid by $435 million

    3) Wanted to keep us safe.
    -Most people bark when the defense budget is threatened, but we must make changes.
    -The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said debt could ruin us. It constituted the greatest threat today to our American way of life.
    -We can't afford to be the world's policeman. There simply isn't enough money.
    -They made some cuts.

    4) We must invest, but we must do so INTELLIGENTLY.
    -Bowles quoted the amount of money North Carolina schools spends on research. He urged that research, even that which results in failure, is important. Right now, however, we need to focus on high value research for the time being.

    5) We must reform the tax code.
    -101 Trillion dollars in earmarks in the tax code.
    -Our tax code is anti-competitive in the business world.
    -When the tax code was designed, America was the center. The economic world. Now, in a global environment, we need a new tax code.
    -Must remove "tax expenditures", which he later defines as deductions, on the federal, state and local levels. These include, but aren't limited to mortgage interest deductions, charitable donation deductions, @@@@@@@.
    -Keeps EIC and Child credit

    6) Everything has to be on the table.
    The Democrats and Republicans are fighting over two plans, one which includes 33 vs. 40 (1.6%) billion dollar cuts is the argument (not even the tip of the iceberg)
    That's 2/10 of 1%  of the debt

    Refuse to look past the non-discretionary.
    We reduced the debt by six trillion dollars.
    -1/2 by 2015
    -3/4 by 2020
    Lean on the congressmen to take this seriously.
    This path is simply not sustainable.
    Al Simpson: "the pig is dead."
    We must put politics aside, pull together, and make real changes.
    Question Time:
    Paul Ryan's plan: differences?
    Makes tough decisions
    Has same reduction
    Differences: no defense cuts, used proceeds from fixing tax expenditures. Made bigger cuts in non-defense discretionary budget.
    Healthcare: block granted medicade for all states (not 10 provisionally)
    Defined contribution plan for people over 50.
    Tax expenditures: Deduction of state and local level
    Keeps EIC and Child credit
    Mortgage interest deduction
    Charitable deductions
    1.7 in Obama's plan (Democratic)
    64 senators backed his plan
    Similar one form former heads of council of economic advisors
    Crapeau (most conservative)
    Joined by Mark Warner
    Hopefully have this plan before the senate next
    Singapore: 44% of 8th graders score in highest level of math and science
    US: 2%
    Need 15 cents tax on gas
    We have got to grow up as a country
    American people are ready to take a cutback.
    If we do address it now, we can make relatively small changes.
    As soon as foreign confidence starts to fail, the shit will hit the fan quickly.

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