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The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America's Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservations Can Love

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A revolutionary program for fixing America 's most serious domestic problems for just two cents on the national dollar — while we still can.

Suppose someone told you that for just two cents on the national dollar we could have a country where everyone had health insurance, full-time workers earned a living wage, poor children had great teachers in fixed-up schools, and politicians no longer had to grovel to wealthy donors. And suppose that when we were done, government would still be smaller than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. If you're like most people, you'd probably think that for two cents on the dollar this sounds like an intriguing deal. But 2 percent of America's GDP is more than $200 billion a year — way beyond what politicians in Washington think is possible.

Between our proper intuition that 2 percent is a small amount, and the Washington consensus that a 2 percent shift in priorities is beyond imagining, lies the opportunity to transform American politics. In this agenda-setting book, Matthew Miller challenges our country (and those who would lead it) to change the way we think about our public responsibilities before the baby boomers' retirement siphons all the money out of the system. The Two Percent Solution is a call to arms that no serious candidate, Republican or Democrat, can afford to ignore.

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"The cautiously favorable reactions he reports from these encounters and from focus groups and polling commissioned for the book are the most convincing evidence of the plausibility of his vision. Sadly, sensible compromise still seems unlikely, but Miller's unflappable salesmanship is irresistible." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." Washington Post Book World

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"[A] small marvel of a book, an extended discussion of domestic policy that will wake you up." Wall Street Journal

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"The 2% Solution is clear, accessible and well written." The New York Times Sunday Business Section

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"Matt Miller...combs the best thinking on both sides and produces an instructive antidote to this vapid public discourse." The Boston Globe

Book News Annotation:

Consultant, columnist, and public radio commentator Miller calls for increasing the national government budget from 20% to 22% of gross domestic product, and using the additional income for the public good. He urges readers to urge their leaders to do it. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this agenda-setting book, Miller challenges the country to change the way it thinks about the public responsibilities before the baby boomers' retirement siphons all the money out of the system.

Synopsis:

A revolutionary program for fixing America's most serious domestic problems for just two cents on the national dollar.

About the Author

Matthew Miller is a syndicated columnist, a commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition," and the host of the radio program "Left, Right & Center." His articles have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. He was previously a senior adviser to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He lives in Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586481582
Subtitle:
Fixing America's Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservations Can Love
Author:
Miller, Matthew
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Fiscal policy
Subject:
Campaign funds
Subject:
Health care reform
Subject:
Living wage movement
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
2001-10
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.54x6.34x1.08 in. 1.27 lbs.

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"Review" by , "The cautiously favorable reactions he reports from these encounters and from focus groups and polling commissioned for the book are the most convincing evidence of the plausibility of his vision. Sadly, sensible compromise still seems unlikely, but Miller's unflappable salesmanship is irresistible."
"Review" by , "[A] beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda."
"Review" by , "[A] small marvel of a book, an extended discussion of domestic policy that will wake you up."
"Review" by , "The 2% Solution is clear, accessible and well written."
"Review" by , "Matt Miller...combs the best thinking on both sides and produces an instructive antidote to this vapid public discourse."
"Synopsis" by , In this agenda-setting book, Miller challenges the country to change the way it thinks about the public responsibilities before the baby boomers' retirement siphons all the money out of the system.
"Synopsis" by , A revolutionary program for fixing America's most serious domestic problems for just two cents on the national dollar.
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