I could kick myself for missing the Jack R. Andersen Distinguished Lecture Series at Miami University on Oct. 9, 2013. I attended the series back in 2009 (see Lead to Read) when David McCullough spoke. The speakers this year were Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles and it is well worth the hour viewing!
Alan Simpson pulls no punches when he talks about the generations. Sandwiched between the "Greatest Generation" and the "Greediest Generation", he claims responsibility for the financial place the United States has found itself in, yet he directly confronts the "wimps" without veracity and courage to correct the problem.
When asked about the current divisive atmosphere among our leaders in Government he poignantly described the issue: "Trust WAS the coin of the realm .... and it's gone. It's a severely tarnished coin"