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Apr 19 2012

Roanoke Times: Roanoke symposium addresses national debt

Ferrum College hosted the event in Roanoke featuring the National Debt Tour.

"Unsustainable" was the byword Wednesday as more than 250 people gathered in Roanoke to hear three politicians piped in from Washington and two think-tank types discuss the nation's debt of $15.6 trillion. Ferrum College hosted the visit to the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center by the National Debt Tour, a traveling symposium on the perils posed by deficit spending, entitlements and a coming demographic crisis… "Do you want a government that takes care of you from the cradle to the grave, or do you want a government that is limited in nature and allows the most opportunity and prosperity and freedom for the individual?" said freshman U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Pittsylvania County. "I think that's the American way, not the former." The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget puts on the Debt Tour, with earlier stops at Harvard University and New York City.