Matching economic priorities with national priorities

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The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has long been used to measure the health of our economy – whether it is growing or retracting – as it tells us the value of the goods and services we consume in a year. An increasing number of economists are questioning whether GDP is an accurate yardstick in that it is based on what we consume instead of how well we are actually doing when it comes to the quality of our lives and our social well-being. And as we face growing national debt, more and more we are confronted with serious decisions about what role we want the government to play in assuring justice, fairness and opportunity for all citizens. Is there a way to solve our fiscal woes and economic challenges without sacrificing our national morals and priorities? We pose these questions and more to our guests TAMARA DRAUT and RON SIDER. Draut is with Demos, a policy, research and advocacy organization working to promote an equitable economy with opportunity for all. Sider is the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action and author of Fixing the Moral Deficit.

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