National Discussion and Debate Series America’s Economic Recovery: Built to Last? Absent a major foreign policy crisis, the 2012 presidential election will largely be fought on and determined by the state of the American economy. Recent figures indicate that America is in the midst of an economic recovery, yet challenges remain and troubling data persists, leading to debate about the strength and duration of this recovery. Therefore, in this special episode of ABC’s “This Week,” organized in partnership with the Miller Center, we posed the question: “America’s Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last?” more → Scholars’ Reactions: “This Economic Recovery Is Still Being Built,” Julia Ott, Assistant Professor of History, The New School; former Miller Center Fellow “It’s Hard to Put a Happy Face on This Recovery,” Brian Domitrovic, Chair, Department of History, Sam Houston State; writer, Forbes.com Watch Online Download : MP4 Video | MP3 Audio Video: Web Extra: Paul Krugman on Inflation 'This Week' Extra: The Panel's Post-Show Thoughts Debate Transcript Download lesson plan Participants Moderator: George Stephanopoulos serves as anchor of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," anchor of "Good Morning America," and co-anchor of Special Events. After anchoring "This Week" from 2002 to 2010, Stephanopoulos returned to the show in January 2012. more → Carly Fiorina is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation. more → Jennifer M. Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy, and Host of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Current TV. more → Paul Krugman is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics. more → Eric E. Schmidt has served as executive chairman of Google since 2011. Since joining Google in 2001, he has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. more → David Walker is the founder, president and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI). He served previously as the first president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. more → George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world, with more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC to his credit. more → Research and Scholarship lessons from history: official white paper America’s Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last? Derek S. Hoff, Assistant Professor of History, Kansas State University, April 2012 In the fall of 2008, with the United States already in recession for nearly a year, the market for esoteric, speculative, and largely unregulated mortgage-backed securities such as bundles of subprime loans crashed, and the historic housing bubble burst. more → Resources Debate Extras Stephanopoulos’ Blog: Is Economic Recovery Built To Last? Paul Krugman: Ben Bernanke ‘Assimilated by the Borg’ Sunday Sound: Heard on 'This Week' ABC NEWS Season Four of National Discussion and Debate Series to Air on ABC’s This Week The fourth season of the Miller Center’s acclaimed National Discussion and Debate Series, filmed before a live audience at the Newseum in Washington, DC, will air as special episodes of ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Check your local listings for air times. Miller Center Resources Presidential Recordings Program This selection of clips from the Lyndon Johnson presidential recordings reveals LBJ’s early planning for what would become the “War on Poverty” programs, as well as his subsequent efforts to get the legislation passed. LBJ sells the War on Poverty Senator Ribicoff outlines problems with the war on poverty An Optimistic Budget and Solid Poverty Programs Miller Center Resources Presidential Speech Archive This selection of presidential speeches highlights the varied approaches and philosophies of five presidents working to ensure economic recovery following depressions. Herbert Hoover: Principles and Ideals of U.S. Government, October 22, 1928 Franklin Roosevelt: Fireside Chat #12: On the Recession, April 14, 1938 John F. Kennedy: State of the Union, January 11, 1962 Ronald Reagan: Address on the Program for Economic Recovery, April 28, 1981 George H.W. Bush: Address to the Nation on the Budget, October 2, 1990 Miller Center Resources Presidential Oral History Program A selection of interviews on the budgeting, tax, and economic policy priorities of various presidents from those who assisted and advised them on those topics. Jimmy Carter Oral History Project: Interview with Stuart Eizenstat George H.W. Bush Oral History Project: Interview with John H Sununu George H.W. Bush Oral History Project: Interview with Frederick D. McClure MILLER center resources Miller Center Forums and Panels Peter L. Rodriguez, “The State of the U.S. Economy,” December 16, 2011. Alan Murray, “Election 2012 and Retooling the American Economy,” February 3, 2012.