VIDEO: A liberal and a libertarian debate income inequality

By Rob Nikolewski on June 13, 2013
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When it comes to income inequality in the U.S., Nick Estes says “government is the only solution” while Paul Gessing says “it’s not inequality, it’s about poverty.”

Estes’ political yin squared off against Gessing’s political yang in Albuquerque Wednesday evening (June 12) in a debate about the best solutions to help those falling behind economically.

About 50 people were on hand to listen to Estes, an attorney and former policy director for the progressive non-profit New Mexico Voices for Children, and Gessing, president of the free-market think tank, the Rio Grande Foundation.

Before the debate commenced, the two friendly adversaries outlined their arguments to New Mexico Watchdog:

This was Round 2 for Estes and Gessing, who met earlier this year in a debate about U.S. debt and deficits. Click here to watch the mano a mano video faceoff we posted about that topic.

Full disclosure: Up until January of 2013, New Mexico Watchdog and Capitol Report New Mexico were funded by the Rio Grande Foundation. Now both entities are funded by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

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  1. Paul Gessing
    4:06 pm on June 14th, 2013

    You missed out, Rob, there were a lot more than 50 people there once we really got rolling. Video and powerpoint slides are available online:

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