What is the role of the federal government in today’s economy and society? David Riemer, a longtime political advisor and candidate in Wisconsin, believes we need to look back 80 years to the creation of the New Deal for answers.
Riemer’s new book, Putting Government in Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0, tells the story of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal team created four clusters of domestic policy (New Deal 1.0). In the decades since, those policy clusters — (1) broad-based economic security guarantees, (2) means-tested welfare programs, (3) market regulation, and (4) market manipulation — underwent extensive revision, shaping today’s New Deal writ large (Version 2.0).
The La Follette School welcomes Riemer for its Spring 2020 Seminar Series. In the March 25 seminar, Riemer will explain the major gaps, flaws, and mistakes during the 80-year expansion of the original New Deal. He will also spell out the profound and sweeping changes needed to rebuild a modern version of the promise and intent of FDR’s New Deal.
The hour-long seminar, including time for audience questions, begins at 12:30 p.m. in the AT&T Lounge of the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. RSVPs appreciated via this form.
Riemer, a senior fellow with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, has spent his career working across party lines to create path-breaking public policy at the local, state, and federal levels. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, and active in politics as advisor and candidate, he has held legal, budget, and policymaking positions with a former Milwaukee mayor, two former Wisconsin governors, and the late US Senator Edward Kennedy.