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This has been a terrific discussion. What I take from it is not just a need to change programs and priorities, but a need for a fundamental shift in values, as Hara and Stuart suggest. We must embrace the uncertainty Obesity Part 1: What's needed to encourage a culture of fitness?
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I'd like to see the panel talk about concrete changes that might begin to shift the culture of young people towards activity. For example: 1. restoring free play periods at recess, with more things to do in the gym or Obesity Part 1: What's needed to encourage a culture of fitness?
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I'm sorry for being a pest (sort of), but this seems awfully abstract to me. What are we educating the public about? Doesn't the idea of a bill coming due need to be packaged with clear financial goals and a Can we afford our entitlement promises? How close is the cliff?
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To get public focus, why not set targets–of Medicare savings, of increasing personal saving–, and explain how meeting these targets will avoid a terrible crisis.Then the debate will turn to how to meet the target. John Rother and I recently Can we afford our entitlement promises? How close is the cliff?
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I'd like to see one or more of the participants provide a hypothetical reform menu that will bring the deficit spending (and deficit) under control. For example, do we need a real decrease in Medicare spending over a period of Can we afford our entitlement promises? How close is the cliff?
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There seems to be unavoidable uncertainty in how to meet carbon targets. Conservation at the levels recommended by Greenpeace and others would almost certainly require a radical change in habits--probably induced by high user charges. Is the US likely to Is nuclear power essential to addressing climate change and energy independence?
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My question, as a non-expert, is where power capacity will come from in 10 and 20 years. In the US it's 50% coal today. This is not clean power, and some of those plants will also need to be replaced Is nuclear power essential to addressing climate change and energy independence?
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A sense of hope comes only when people feel they can make a difference. If you feel like everything's out of your control, it's easy to revert to self-interest and cynicism. As Gregg Easterbrook notes, sooner or later this pessimism How can we restore Americans' sense of optimism?
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