Media Advisory: UNH Faculty Experts Available to Comment on President Bush's State of the Union Address

Erika Mantz
, 603-862-1567
Sharon Keeler, 603-862-1566
UNH Media Relations

January 20, 2004

The following experts from the University of New Hampshire are available to comment on President Bush's State of the Union address today (Jan. 20) and the morning after the address.

B. Thomas Trout
Professor of Political Science

Areas of expertise: foreign policy, terrorism, intelligence and security policy
Office: 603-862-2062
Cell: 603-591-1652

Tom Trout's experience includes three command tours and active duty assignments in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Office of the Director of Naval Intelligence, Analysis Division; Naval Operations Intelligence Center; and the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College. He has published books on national security affairs and the politics of global resources.

James Wible
Associate Dean of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise: coherence of economic issues, monetary policy, debt/balanced budget, ethics Office: 603-862-3324

Wible's research publications include more than 30 articles and the 1998 book, “The Economics of Science - Methodology and Epistemology As If Economics Really Mattered.”

Ross Gittell
Associate Professor of Management
Areas of expertise: business development and innovation, entrepreneurship, employment generation, equity and collaborative cross-sector (public-private) efforts.
Office: 603-862-3340

Gittell is lead project investigator on “An Analysis of the Potential Economic and Social Benefits of Air Quality Information and Forecasts” for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Atmospheric & Oceanic Administration.

Robert S. Woodward
Forrest D. McKerley Professor of Health Economics
(appointments in the Department of Health Management and Policy and the Department of Economics)
Area of expertise: general health care plans, health economics and prescription drug plans
Office phone: 603-862-7032
Home phone number is 659-6239 (available to comment after Bush's address)

Robert Woodward has been teaching health economics and health care finance at all university levels for almost 30 years. He has worked in HCFA's Office of Legislation and Policy on administrative cost issues and in the Department of Health Education and Welfare's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Woodward's currently funded research attends to socio-economics and pharmaco-economics.

Woodward's Comments: “In general, I am depressed by my perception that Bush seems able to persuade the American public that his tax cuts, his war, his space plan, and his medical reforms are visionary, when if implemented they would burden next-generation Americans with thousands of dollars annually in interest payments (to say nothing about debt repayments). When presented by the President with things that sound too good to be true, Americans focus on the fantasy and ignore the fact that they are too good to be true.

“All of which is to say that Bush SHOULD be addressing the deficit that the tax cuts, the war, the space plan, and the Medicare reforms are imposing on future generations.”