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tural tax reform, Pentagon spending,
and international currency and credit
risk. In turn, each chapter provides
suggestions to stem the structural fail-
ures inherent in each.
The final two chapters, "Transform-
ing Government" and "Fixing Our
Dysfunctional Democracy," move
beyond today's challenges to talk
about governmental planning and
hard political truths that are embed-
ded in our current system.
Connecticut stands as a microcosm of
the same national threats. Unsustain-
able healthcare and pension costs and
divisions over taxation will continue to
undermine many of the structures and
services we take for granted. If you
want to focus closer to home, consider
reading Comeback America: Turning
the Country Around and Restoring
Fiscal Responsibility
for what it tells us
about the state of our state.
"We the people" can think for our-
selves, we can question, and we can
see beyond the sound bite to the sys-
tem producing an undesirable result.
What will we do about it?
Julie McNeal,
CPA is the
CTCPA Director
of Finance and
Operations.
She has served
on the state of
Connecticut's Post-Employment
Benefits Commission established
by Governor M. Jodi Rell and
the Business Tax Policy Review
Task Force established by Gover-
nor Dannel P. Malloy. She can be
reached at juliem@ctcpas.org.
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David M. Walker served as Unit-
ed States comptroller general and
head of the Government Account-
ability Office (GAO) from 1998 to
2008, and is founder and CEO of
the Comeback America Initiative.
Walker, a CTCPA member, resides
in Fairfield County.
Walker speaks at No Labels' recent Meeting to Make America Work in New York City.
Photo courtesy of No Labels