Florida President Highlights Need to Cut Spending

Dr. Tom Duncan shares insight with WPTV reporter Alex Sanz.

As the U.S. federal government neared the date when its ability to borrow additional money to fund the debt would run up against pre-set limits, South Florida NBC reporter Alex Sanz turned to Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan for insight.

“House and Senate Republicans only have so many levers they can pull to get President Obama and the Democrats to reduce federal spending and reform entitlements,” said Duncan. “With Republicans controlling only the House of Representatives, and with Senate Republicans not unified over a common negotiating approach, the President and his Democratic supporters have the stronger hand in the negotiations,” former political science professor Duncan continued. 

“These current sparring sessions are just a preview of more to come,” Duncan continued, “and nothing ultimately will be resolved until after the 2014 Congressional elections.  Some of the larger issues involving federal spending and the reform of entitlements, such as Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Health Act (ACA) won’t be resolved until after the next Presidential election in 2016,” Duncan added. 

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.


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