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11.15.2019: Spark Freedom Debate – Is Capitalism Sustainable?

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: Doors open at 6:15 PM, the event starts at 7:00 PM.

Location: Romance Theater, 2 E. Main Street, Rexburg, Idaho 83440

Admission: by donation – three options

  • A new, unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the local Toys for Tots program;
  • Non-perishable food item(s), which will be donated to the local food bank; or,
  • Cash donation to be shared with the various student groups involved in the debate.

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Event Description:

The Madison Liberty Institute (MLI) is partnering with the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) to host a student-led debate at Rexburg’s Romance Theatre. Organized by Spark Freedom’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) Rexburg chapter, the debate on the sustainability of capitalism will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Romance Theater, 2 E. Main Street, Rexburg, Idaho at 7 PM.

This is the third Spark Freedom Student Debate organized by YAF. However, unlike the previous student-only debates, this special debate will include two special guests (Dan Mitchell and Jeff Hammond), area professionals, and students.

In addition to the question of whether capitalism is sustainable or not, other debate topics include the issues of minimum wage and public, single-payer health care.

About the special guests:

Dan Mitchell is the co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and an economist who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He has been a senior fellow at both the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation. Prior to that, he served as an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. Dan’s work has been published in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Villanova Law Review, Public Choice, Emory Law Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Offshore Investment, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has appeared on all the major TV networks and has given speeches in almost 40 states and more than 30 countries. Dan earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. 

Jeff Hamond is the Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates (VSA). Before joining VSA, Jeff spent seven years as Economic Policy Director to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). Prior to that, he served in similar roles for Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Bayh (D-IN). Jeff also had leading roles in policy development at two well-regarded non-profit organizations – Redefining Progress and the Progressive Policy Institute. Known for his policy creativity and strategic approach to advocacy, Jeff played a key role in developing several economic initiatives while on Capitol Hill, including the HIRE Act (passed on a bipartisan basis in 2010 to encourage the hiring of unemployed workers); the American Opportunity Tax Credit (included in the stimulus package in 2009); the “Cash for Clunkers” program; and an array of legislative initiatives to benefit the charity and foundation sectors. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University, then obtained a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.