Central to the renewal of American civil society and culture is a restoration of the prosperity that has traditionally given Americans tremendous opportunities and provided the Republic with exceptional economic resources. Yet we have witnessed an unprecedented rise in personal and public debt; constitutional prerogatives mandating sound fiscal practices by government are routinely ignored; and, Americans seem generally unwilling or unable to address many of economic and political challenges that have already created enormous problems in other countries. How important are issues of political economy in today’s public square? What steps should be taken to make our way back to fiscal prudence, economic opportunity and national solvency? What does it say about the state of American culture if we shy away from these challenges? What might these questions mean as America draws closer to the 2016 presidential election?