Washington – Ina riveting and bold presentation to congress Alice Rivlin urged and at some points pleaded with Congress to aggressively take steps to not only promote growth and stability, but to ward off another recession. She hands them the idea that stabilizing the economy and driving down national debt are not mutually exclusive goals, but instead are very much complimentary, and reinforce one another in the long run. Her idea that the faster Americans return to employment will ease the strenuous task of stabilizing the national budget. Her ideals are not radical, nor does she call for specific policies to enact these ideals. In fact, she even recognizes the difficulty of the task at hand, her message is simply to reinforce the idea that stability and employment go hand in hand. To achieve one , government must actively approach and rework the other.