FixUS seeks to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and to build support for necessary changes. About FixUS.
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The FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour is engaging numerous local audiences around the country and is getting input from Americans on what is causing the growing division and what can be done to fix it. Roadshow.
FixUS seeks to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them, and to build support for necessary changes. We are part of a coalition of individuals and organizations with diverse perspectives, united in a shared concern over the state of our country, and committed to make healing our fractured nation and fixing the system a top national priority. FixUS is a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Fix the Debt.
Our nation is threatened by a growing cultural divide, a paralyzed political system, and deteriorating support for our core institutions. Our political system is increasingly unable to solve problems and reach bipartisan compromise. The deterioration has reached a point that we are losing trust and faith in our politicians, our institutions, and each other. As a result, our nation may be divided to an extent that we are losing a sense of shared aspirations, ambitions, values, and the belief that there is more that unites us than divides us.
FixUS leverages the experience and network of the Campaign to Fix the Debt to help bring new visibility and supporters to a budding movement for political system change.
FixUS will be rolling out during the first part of 2019. Its first initiative is the FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour, which is traveling the country to better understand how citizens feel about the troubled state of politics and what may be causing our divisions. By speaking before and engaging with local audiences around the country, the tour’s goal is to help encourage broader national and local conversation about the need to fix our political system and possible solutions.
Additional FixUS initiatives include working with thought leaders to craft a national narrative on the root causes of what is pulling the country apart and how we can forge a path forward; partnering with a global polling firm to better understand our root anxieties, our national values and possible solutions; and forming a network of former government officials, and business and civic leaders to engage in events, media, and other tactics to draw attention to these issues during the 2020 election cycle.
Join Americans across the country who are joining together to make healing our fractured nation and fixing our political system a top national priority. Sign up to stay updated on developments of FixUS and receive opportunities to get involved.
The FixUS Nationwide Roadshow & Listening Tour is engaging numerous local audiences around the country - in civic and business groups, community forums, young professional and student groups and others - to better understand what citizens think, value and believe is causing heightened levels of political division. Speakers discuss the root causes of our national problems like the debt and others, and educate on the need to come together around possible solutions. Modeled after an effort launched as part of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, the tour is partnering with affinity organizations to engage the public and encourage broader local and national conversation on the deteriorating state of our political system and the existence of possible solutions.
Request that the FixUS Nationwide Roadshow and Listening Tour stop in your community by offering to host an event.
As we take our message across the country, I wanted to share a recent experience to help highlight the impact we are having.
I had the privilege recently of addressing over 1,000 high school students at the Junior State of America Winter Congress just outside of Washington, DC (pictured, right). To say it was an inspiring event would be an understatement.
Speaking with them about the debt, what effect it will have on their future, and how it is symbolic of our hyper-partisan political environment, this crowd of future leaders was deeply engaged.
I know I struck a chord when I asked students to raise their hand if they think political polarization prevents our ability to address issues like the debt – every hand went up.
We had similar success at another recent event at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Paul Stebbins spoke to 200 people on the topic of: “Trillion Dollar Deficits: How the National Debt Symbolizes Our Broken Political System.” Other recent events were held in Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Omaha, Nebraska.
Our roadshow events are often hosted by local civic, community, and business groups, as well as academic institutions. They encourage dialogue among audiences around the country about the roots of our political dysfunction and how we can fix it in order to address growing debt and other challenges facing us. If you are a member or are otherwise connected to such groups, we would like to hear from you about hosting an event in your area.
In addition, local Fix the Debt leader, Buzz Garlock, wrote a great op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald that is worth reading and sharing.
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