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October 19, 2011

"How Much Government Can The Economy Afford?"

The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy invites the community to a panel discussion on the topic of fiscal imbalances titled "How Much Government Can the Economy Afford?" The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 20.

Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist and Hastert Fellow, will moderate the discussion featuring the following panelists:

• J. Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history

• Congressman Bobby Rush, who has represented the First Congressional District of Illinois for almost two decades

• Andrew Biggs, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C. and former principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA)

• Casey B. Mulligan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago

Free and open to the public, this event will be held in Barrows Auditorium, located at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton. More information is available at, or by calling the Hastert Center at 630.752.5975.

The J. Dennis Hastert Center of Economics, Government and Public Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan institution housed within Wheaton College. The Center aims to educate current and future leaders on the integration of economic and political analysis in order to address major challenges to the economy, public policy and ethics in the coming generations.

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