David M. Walker
President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the United States
Copies of Mr. Walker’s book Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility will be available for purchase at the luncheon. Mr. Walker will sign copies after the luncheon.
David M. Walker was the former United States Comptroller General from 1998 until 2008. He is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of several key challenges threatening America's future including the mounting debt burdens being imposed on future generations and accelerating action on them. As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—"the nation's top auditor"—Walker warned Congress and the administration as the federal surplus became a giant deficit under George W. Bush.
Walker believes that by 2030, absent significant reforms to current government programs and policies, federal taxes could double from current levels, meaning less money and poorer education for kids—which will hurt families along with our nation's economic strength and position in the world. If our foreign creditors—such as China—decide to buy fewer of our Treasury bonds, interest rates will rise and cars and homes will become less affordable.
He's one of America's most capable, canny, candid, and independent financial experts. He is also author of Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. In this manifesto, he creates a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems—before it's too late. Walker's book is a tough-minded, innovative, inspiring guide to help us avoid the approaching economic abyss and put the country back on track again.