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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicles Press/The Rockford Institute (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098437020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984370207
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* As a college freshman, Pauken read Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative, which he quotes admiringly. His book emulates Goldwater’s in a time in which, as they did then, conservative fortunes ebb low. A successful businessman, former Texas Republican Party chairman, and present state commissioner, he’s a more seasoned person now than Goldwater was then, and he writes more thoughtfully and personably than Goldwater (but then, he does it himself; Conscience was ghosted). He believes current conservative woes stem from Reagan’s trusting placement of Bush I and his faction in powerful positions in his administration, from which they rooted out conservatives and installed the erstwhile left-liberal Democrats who had become neoconservatives. The rest is dismal history. Conservatism’s future lies in a program of shrinking centralized government via constitutional checks and balances as well as drastic foreign and domestic policy change. Specifics include fighting radical Islam through alliances and diplomacy rather than military intervention, shifting the basis of federal taxation from income to imports, reasserting local and state control of education, rebuilding manufacturing and its workforce, preferring small business and entrepreneurship over big business (especially the banking-investment cartel), readmitting religion to the public square, and that old conservative mainstay, reducing government spending. A conservative manifesto of the highest caliber—humane, civilized, expressed by an active, living conscience. --Ray Olson

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This is a valuable and worthwhile read.
Thomas J. Moore
Within three days of purchasing Pauken's new book, I had finished it and purchased three copies for my son and two close friends.
Steve
This new book tells us how get to where we want to be.
E. Adrian Van Zelfden

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steve on July 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the past year friends gave me recent books by Sarah Palin and John McCain. I haven't read them, and I think I will take them to half-price books while they still have some trade-in value. Within three days of purchasing Pauken's new book, I had finished it and purchased three copies for my son and two close friends. I keep going back re-reading portions of it, as it is an extraordinary book from an extraordinary man with great knowledge and insight. I notice Amazon is offering this book as a package purchase with Paul Craig Roberts' new book. If anyone really wants to understand what is going on in America, the serious problems we face, as well as serious solutions from serious men who can be trusted -these are two essential books for any true conservative, or any American who loves his country and who recognizes that America is in great need of immediate change to solve our formidable and frightening problems.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a New Yorker who has written quite a few reviews through the years for Amazon and others. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tom Pauken's book because this man has written what he perceives is the truth, and he gives it to you STRAIGHT. It's not spoon fed, and it's not all pretty, but it is absolutely worth reading, and considering. In 200 plus lightening pages he tells you the things you knew in the back of your mind were true, but no one ever talked about in public. This is the real thing and it's long overdue.

Pauken tells you the truth about George Bush and Karl Rove, and I have never read anybody else in print that had the guts to tell the story. The liberals will love this book because here we find a true conservative giving you an insider's view of what happened over the last ten years, and what we can do to change it.

George Bush was supposed to be a real conservative that would take the country back from the trauma of the Clinton years. Instead he presided over a massive increase in defense expenditures, more than doubling the defense budget without including the expenditures for Iraq and Afghanistan which are special line items in the budget. He starts an unnecessary war against Iraq which sets us back a trillion dollars.

Finally, the most potent military force in 5000 years of history America, can't seem to find one 6 foot 5 inch Saudi Arabian living in the mountains of Pakistan or Afghanistan. You talk about impotency, Bush and his team basically hijacked the conservative movement and fostered a set of ideas that is alien to the conservative way of thinking.

Pauken lays it all out, but what is just as important is that he lays out a plan to bring America back, and whether you agree with him or not, his ideas are refreshing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne H. Crum on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The most important thing that I can say about Bringing America Home is that I read it in one day and was appalled at what it stirred in me.. I have been silent all to long about my conservative principles... No more! this book is a must read.

Tom Pauken laid it out so anyone can understand what needs to be done for us to get back on track and not be a bankrupt nation with no values.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Allen on June 16, 2010
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This quote caught my attention: "The American people sense the seriousness of this moment in our history." The second most important message from the man who chairs the Texas Workforce Commission was the the one aimed straight at our current crop of politicians: "Government cannot create jobs. Only the private sector can create jobs."

Bringing America Home begins by recognizing that the American people fully understand the dangers to the health of our nation posed by Washington's big-spending, big government explosion which he traces back to the years of the post-Reagan presidency. Pauken is particularly concerned that extraordinary and undisciplined spending by the federal government during our current economic dilemma could lead to an all-out economic implosion for America.

Tom Pauken, for four decades, has been both a conservative and an activist. He served as a military intelligence officer in Viet Nam. He was called "an outmoded Cold Warrior" by the communist propaganda newspaper Izvestia. He worked in the Reagan White House. He served on that Administration's leadership team for First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say, "No!" campaign against illegal drug use. He headed the federal agency now known as Americorps when it was called ACTION during the latter years of the Reagan Administration, and its stated mission was getting American youth trained for and placed in stable jobs. Pauken says in his book that in reality, the agency had devolved into little more than the primary funding source for what he termed, "poverty pimps."

After he reduced the size of his agency and cut funding for politically motivated community organizers, Pauken came home to Texas where he was elected to head the Texas Republican Party as its chairman during the Governorship of George W.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Moore on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved the book. This is a valuable and worthwhile read. Mr. Pauken Lays out the unintended consequences of government actions and policy that has caused this terrible loss of control over spending and lack of a fiscally responsibile mindset held by our public officials. In a clear, intelligent and common sensical way, Pauken describes good prescriptive ideas that, if implemented, would serve America well. He also has some good ideas on dealing with islamic terrorism. Pauken is obviously well read in political history that supports his first hand experience in both federal and state government roles. He writes with a well grounded moral position advocating what is best for America without any personal agenda. He should send Newt Gringrich a copy to compare ideas.
Thomas J. Moore
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