Carl Nathe

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College: Martin School of Public Policy & Administration

Walker Visit to UK to Air on KET Feb. 4

Published: Feb 1, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2013) — A thought-provoking, one-hour television special which originated from the University of Kentucky will air statewide on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) at 9 p.m. Eastern time (8 p.m. Central) Monday, Feb. 4.

 

The program is highlighted by a presentation and discussion on the fiscal challenges facing America featuring David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general and head of the General Accounting Office (GAO), as well as founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, who spoke to students, faculty, staff and members of the community in UK's Singletary Center for the Arts Jan. 23.  Walker's appearance was co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Kentucky Business Roundtable and also includes prominent Louisville businessman Charlie Owen and former state budget director Brad Cowgill.  KET's Bill Goodman serves as host for the program. 

 

Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Walker's tenure as the federal government's chief auditor spanned both Democratic and Republican administrations.  While at the GAO, he embarked on a Fiscal Wakeup Tour, partnering with several other foundations and institutions to alert Americans to the country's long-term fiscal imbalance.

 

Walker has compared the present-day U.S. to the Roman Empire in its decline, saying the federal government is on a "burning platform" of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits and expensive over-commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon.

 

The author of the national bestseller, "Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility," Walker is a frequent writer and contributor, regularly appearing on C-SPAN, television news programs, and in other national media.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, (859) 257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu

 

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