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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
In "Back to Work," President Clinton offers a compelling argument that the most critical problem facing America today is a lack of support for smart and effective government -- and in particular the inability of the public and private sectors to work together in the best interests of the country. Clinton begins by laying out the history of the Republican war on government that started with Ronald Reagan. Republicans have consistently argued that, in every area except national security, "government is the problem -- not the solution." The result has been self-fulfilling as conservative politicians have gained power and then worked actively to destroy the effectiveness of government, rather than work to improve it.

Clinton compares our current situation with that of other developed countries, virtually all of which are able to achieve a workable synthesis of government and business. The United States, for example, is the only industrialized nation with a complete inability to leverage smart government in a way that offers some control over escalating health care costs. The result is diminshed confidence in our future solvency, and the discouraging reality that nations significantly less wealthy than the United States are able to provide far better social safety nets for their citizens.

Clinton also shows that today's political disfunction and idealogical gridlock is NOT characteristic of America's history. The book lists a number of Republican presidents -- including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower -- who believed that government was an essential tool for the public welfare and made substantial investments in infrastruture and other areas.
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Dare we hope that this kind of thinking will be the politics of the future? A lot of people will use this review format to rant ideological politics, but it seems to me that Former President Clinton wrote an exceptional book here without the promotion of a political or ideological viewpoint. This book isn't about him or the Democrats or the next election. It is all about how we got here and what to do next.

His heartfelt belief in America comes through again and again. He says, "I do believe in American exceptionalism. My life has been graced by it," (pg 113) and "I don't know how this will turn out. I just know that for more than two hundred years, everyone who's bet against the United States has lost." (pg 192)

He has a low opinion of antigovernment ideology and says, "There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy." (pg 118)

A brief survey of what is in this book:

Part I "Where We Are" includes; Chapters 1-3 (pgs 1-54) "Why we need government" (a philosophical discussion as well as historical review) and the antigovernment movement, Chapter 4 "Debt" and Chapter 5 "Competition" (total, 116 pgs)

Part II "What Can We Do" includes; Chapter 6 "How do we get back in the future business" (pg 117-188) Pages 122-185 include a 48 point list and description of how each point might benefit America.

I tend to avoid political books, but this isn't an ideological book; it reminds me a bit of Thomas Friedman's best book "The World is Flat" in the references to multiple examples of other businesses and countries, but this book is all about making America succeed into the future.
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I went in to this book a bit skeptical due to our current state of politics, but came out with a solid overview of the current economic state, how we got here and how we will move on to better things. I hope this has an impact on politics or at least voters because I feel more optimistic that there are realistic solutions to our problems here in the US.

Unfortunately, I am not sure that our polarized politicians are open to common sense solutions. How I wish that we were back in the 90's, and not just because the economy was better. Politicians were actually interested in the long-term policy of the US instead of bickering.

As a moderate voter, it was refreshing to read a little bit of common sense and honest and clear explanations of economic policy matters. Highly recommended and easy to read!
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Format: Hardcover
Bill Clinton's "BACK TO WORK" argues that we need government to work efficiently with the private sector to promote maximum economic growth. He provides specific examples of things that are in his view flawed with our current economic system and a second section on how he would fix it. It has a lot of great arguments like (my favorite one) how to get banks to loan out the money they have stored in the Fed. I recommend this book for those interested in THIRD WAY politics or those in the mood for a moderate-left list of government-led solutions to growing the economy in America.
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"I wrote this book because I love my country and I'm concerned about our future. ... It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt... We have to change that. ...I do believe in American exceptionalism.... We've got to get America back in the future business. ... And we can." --Bill Clinton
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Under President WJ Clinton's leadership, the United States enjoyed strong economic growth, and the longest economic expansion in our history. His policies of community building, through creating opportunity resulted in progress never enjoyed before by America. His credentials for this timely book include the creation of 22 million jobs, moving the nation from record deficits to record surplus; the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in US history. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, bringing together world leaders to create and implement new solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. The Clinton Global Initiative's mission is to strengthen capabilities of the United States and peoples all around the globe to meet the challenges of the future.
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Bill Clinton addresses an articulate, hands on plan for economic re-vitalization, for readers of his new book. His core message, is the need to put Americans back to work. His manifesto, in a slim volume packed with recipes and ideas on how to fix America's broken job apparatus, is put together by a former president, who knows he cannot run for the top job anymore! Mr.
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