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BERKELEY – En 1993, la première fois que je me suis rendu en tant qu’adulte à Washington, DC, c’était pour œuvrer au sein de l’équipe du président Bill Clinton dans le

trésor fédéral américain. À l’époque, il était devenu urgent de rééquilibrer le budget du gouvernement fédéral des États-Unis pour arrêter la croissance explosive du rapport de la dette sur le PIB, réformer le système de santé américain extrêmement coûteux et inefficace, et commencer à s’attaquer aux changements climatiques par l’introduction progressive d’une taxe sur les émissions de carbone.

Il existe d’autres enjeux publics à long terme outre ces trois problèmes immédiats : à savoir la réforme du régime public des rentes pour composer avec le vieillissement de la population et la baisse des régimes à prestation déterminée ; la mélioration du financement du système d’éducation pour diminuer le risque des étudiants qui désirent poursuivre des études supérieures et enrayer l’érosion de la société américaine de classe moyenne.

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