What is the “Grand Bargain” and the “Fiscal Cliff”??

Vox Pop was a popular radio program of interviews, quizzes and human interest features, sometimes titled Sidewalk Interviews (1936) and Voice of the People (the name is from the Latin “Vox Populi”, meaning “Voice of the People”). It was heard from the early 1930s to the late 1940s.

As we come down to the wire on the so-called “Fiscal Cliff,” BFP put together our own “Vox Pop” video.
We asked these three questions:

  1. Since the election, there’s been a lot of talk about a “grand bargain.” Have you heard of the grand bargain? If so, what do you think it is, and what do you think of it?
  2. President Obama has said the “grand bargain” will include big reductions in “entitlements,” which usually refers to Medicare and Social Security. Do you think we should put more public money, or less public money, into social programs like Medicare and Social Security?
  3. If YOU were making the government budget, what would YOU spend the money on?

Check out the video to see and hear the responses as our roving reporter interviews people “on the street”.
Check out the discussion and analysis with Benin Ford, BFP member, on the meaning of the “grand bargain” and the fiscal cliff.
Part One and Part Two (each is 10 minutes)

To learn more of Brooklyn For Peace’s thinking on this topic, read David Tykulsker’s written response to these questions.
David Tykulsker is a Vice-Chair of Brooklyn For Peace, and Co-Chair of the Anti-Militarism Committee.

Questions on this topic? E-mail us at bfp@brooklynpeace.org and we’ll try to respond!