My name is Chris and I'm a long-time member of Deep Thinkers. Todd has graciously offered us the chance to host and mediate a discussion on topics that we feel strongly enough about to host.
I recently attended a Philosophy meetup in Santa Monica regarding various Economic Justice theories. The theories can be generally be grouped into Egalitarian and Libertarian but there is quite a range of options and each has their criticisms. Overall, I couldn't help be struck by how these various philosophies help describe the differences in how our politicians and ourselves are looking at the debt debate in DC.
I will send out the main reference I'm using as background material from the Standford Encyclopedia in Philosophy. I strongly urge you to read it and therefore have a better basis for our actual discussion which is to look at the various government programs that are causing so much contention.
I know I've learned quite a bit from looking at the problem in this way, and at the least, we'll have an invigorating discussion as usual.