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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read and Premise
This book is a great read. "Clintonomics" analysis on Clinton Economic Policy Philosophy is thorough and important to our current economic situation. Great Read.
Published on May 18, 2010 by Alexander Robinson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I view the Clinton Administration rather favorably, but I was still hoping for something more critical. Godwin makes some interesting points, but frames his arguments in more political flourish than statistical analysis. Also, the title was a bit misleading to me. I thought it would focus more on the substance of the Clinton presidency and how it compared to Reagan...
Published on April 6, 2011 by Brainz516


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected, April 6, 2011
This review is from: Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution (Hardcover)
I view the Clinton Administration rather favorably, but I was still hoping for something more critical. Godwin makes some interesting points, but frames his arguments in more political flourish than statistical analysis. Also, the title was a bit misleading to me. I thought it would focus more on the substance of the Clinton presidency and how it compared to Reagan (especially in regard to economic policy); however, Godwin's main purpose seems to be to explain and compare the ideology of both presidents more than their actions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whitewashing Clinton, October 16, 2012
This review is from: Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution (Hardcover)
The book starts with a self serving foreword by failed insurance commissioner John Garamendi. There are good short out-takes on Rousseau, Locke, Keynes and others, although their connection with Clinton is doubtful. Godwin, deploring supply side economics, says Clinton succeeded where Reagan failed. He has forgotten the cold war and the memory of the housing bubble, welfare reform, and energy regulation as well as Monica. He characterizes Clinton policy as a barrel of spaghetti which even Clinton failed to unravel.
He accuses political opponents of character assassination.

There is much more excluded from the book than included. Clinton was the president who squandered the peace dividend, failed in carrying out health care legislation, made options gains with dubious broker relationships and, on leaving the White House, took everything that wasn't nailed down. He celebrated the repeal of Glass-Steagal legislation, declined to regulate the SWAPS insurance market, and flooded the real estate market with cash via Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac in the name of the great American dream of home ownership. He rendered himself irrelevant by dalliance with Monica and Jennifer. He will be remembered as a smart guy who couldn't define sex. But he didn't inhale.

There's nothing wrong with Clinton's stated goals of growing the middle while shrinking the underclass and not spending money we don't have, saying growth of debt relinquishes economic control. Unfortunately the statement was not reflective of resultant policy, either by Clinton or his successors. The concluding chapter claiming a bridge to the future is mis-titled. It's mostly revisiting the past. Clinton's advocated "third way" claims a balanced budget, smaller government, reduction of inequality, and investment in education and technology. It's all the platitudes of both parties.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read and Premise, May 18, 2010
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This review is from: Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution (Hardcover)
This book is a great read. "Clintonomics" analysis on Clinton Economic Policy Philosophy is thorough and important to our current economic situation. Great Read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good value!, July 6, 2010
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This review is from: Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution (Hardcover)
Jack Godwin explains the complexity of the Bill Clinton's Presidency. Excluding "Monica-gate," He explains how important President Clinton was.
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Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution by Jack Godwin (Hardcover - March 25, 2009)
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