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President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy to get us "back in the future business.” He explains how we got into the current economic crisis, and offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, saying that changing the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy while enhancing our national security.

Clinton also stresses that we need a strong private sector and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress, demonstrating that whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame government for all our problems, we’ve lost our ability to produce sustained economic growth and shared prosperity.

Clinton writes, “There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy,” based on “a philosophy grounded in ‘you’re on your own’ rather than ‘we’re all in this together.’ ” He believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be good politics but has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with not enough jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and “Americans need victories in real life.”

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"America's 42nd president takes aim at GOP dogma in this feisty manifesto. Clinton's book often reads like a well-honed stump speech, with semipithy slogans ('put America back in the future business'), partisan one-liners (the main accomplishment of Republican administrations 'was not to reduce the size of the federal government, but to stop paying for it'), and a rehash of his own administration's success in cutting deficits and spurring growth in the 1990s. But Clinton also mounts a cogent, well-informed attack on the GOP's 'antigovernment ideology.' Deploying statistics, charts, and international comparisons, he contends that the Republican mania for cutting taxes, abolishing regulation, and hobbling the state has led to slower growth, soaring deficits, drastic inequality, and lower quality of life for Americans, and argues that raising taxes to fund investments in technology, education, health care, and infrastructure is just plain good government. His specific policy agenda is a list of small-bore initiatives of varying quality directed at everything from the mortgage crisis to Social Security reform; its centerpiece is a disappointingly brief and at times unclear discussion on renewable energy subsidies that includes a dismissal of nuclear power. Still, hit-and-miss details aside, Clinton delivers a smart, forthright, appealingly folksy defense of activist government." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Jeffrey McKie, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jeffrey McKie)
Clinton is probably the smartest guy in the room.
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ksnichols, January 8, 2012 (view all comments by ksnichols)
Put politics aside. The evidence presented about why antigovernment hasn't worked for most of the last 30 years is enlightening and the 46 suggestions for how to put the American people back to work now and focus on the country's future make more sense than anything that's come out of Congress lately.
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Kristi Lulich, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Kristi Lulich)
I thouroughly enjoyed learning from former President Bill Clinton's thoughts on how to turn this economy around. During his Presidency we were headed in the black and since he left office eveything has gone red. He has some very intelligent well thought out strategies that could really make a difference. Read this book so that we can get another side of the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307959751
Subtitle:
Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Author:
Clinton, Bill
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
politics;government;economics;non-fiction;current affairs;employment;economy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111108
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.68 x 5.91 x 0.9 in 0.84 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "America's 42nd president takes aim at GOP dogma in this feisty manifesto. Clinton's book often reads like a well-honed stump speech, with semipithy slogans ('put America back in the future business'), partisan one-liners (the main accomplishment of Republican administrations 'was not to reduce the size of the federal government, but to stop paying for it'), and a rehash of his own administration's success in cutting deficits and spurring growth in the 1990s. But Clinton also mounts a cogent, well-informed attack on the GOP's 'antigovernment ideology.' Deploying statistics, charts, and international comparisons, he contends that the Republican mania for cutting taxes, abolishing regulation, and hobbling the state has led to slower growth, soaring deficits, drastic inequality, and lower quality of life for Americans, and argues that raising taxes to fund investments in technology, education, health care, and infrastructure is just plain good government. His specific policy agenda is a list of small-bore initiatives of varying quality directed at everything from the mortgage crisis to Social Security reform; its centerpiece is a disappointingly brief and at times unclear discussion on renewable energy subsidies that includes a dismissal of nuclear power. Still, hit-and-miss details aside, Clinton delivers a smart, forthright, appealingly folksy defense of activist government." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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