Democracy Forum 4/15/16

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Participatory Democracy

Program Topic: Moochers and Freeloaders: Welfare for the Rich, Welfare for the Poor

Key Discussion Points:
a) We’ll discuss the relationship between free markets and democracy;
b) Have the rules of government and markets have been rigged in favor of big money interests and corporations?
c) Has populist sentiment has been played to generate resentment over welfare for the poor?
d) Who is being served in American democracy today?
e) What can ordinary citizen do? What policies should they support?

Guests:
a) Vanessa Williamson, Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
www.brookings.edu/experts/williamsonv?view=bio

b) Garrett Martin, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy

MECEP Staff Bios

The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
Linda Hoskins
Ann Luther
Marge May
Pam Person
Leah Taylor
Linda Washburn

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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