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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Governor Daniels has emerged as one of our nation's leading voices for reform and common sense in government."

(-Speaker of the House John Boehner)

"The onetime Reagan White House political director and Bush White House budget chief is not your run-of-the-mill intellectual. His style is to be down- home, but his record of accomplishment is dazzling."

(-David S. Broder, The Washington Post)

"He's one of the brightest governors in America."

(-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie)

"[Daniels is] the rare politician telling it like it is...I would pay cash money to watch him debate Obama on these issues, and I suspect the Republic would be much the better for it."

(-Joe Klein, Time)

"Mitch is the only one who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals...He would be the anti-Obama.

(-Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush)

"A principled but practical conservative who respects the intelligence of voters and would rather get something done than score political points."

(-Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post)

"He does not tweet...But he is good at one thing in particular: governing."

(-The Economist)

About the Author

Mitch Daniels was elected Governor of Indiana in 2004 and re- elected in 2008. He was previously the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (a cabinet-level position) under President George W. Bush and a senior aide to President Ronald Reagan. He also spent many years in the private sector as a senior executive at Eli Lilly and Company and the CEO of one of the nation's most influential research centers, the Hudson Institute. He and his wife Cheri have four daughters and live in Indianapolis.

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Mitch was a good listener, and an incisive thinker.
Rodger Dean Duncan, author of "Change-friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance."
Every American that is concerned about the security, well being, and financial stability of OUR nation should read this book.
thwizard
From this book, Mitch Daniels is more interested in finding solutions that will work than conceptual purity.
William Whipple III

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By dmh524 on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
To say that "Keeping the Republic" is a mere brainstorm of political thought would be a gross lie. Governor Mitch Daniels lays out in stark, mathmatical terms the threat the American Republic faces if government spending is not brought under control. This is not a political autobiography; it contains no attempts at "payback" nor does it try to score political points. Governor Daniels takes aim at the problems created by both political parties and a broken government. He describes the problems using something that doesn't lie: numbers. This is a book based on numbers, not opinion. Many readers will be disappointed that this book isn't about "hope and change" or attacking political opponents. But for those of us who want to see the Republic survive for our children and grandchilden, it shows that not only does Mitch Daniels understand the issues better than anyone else, we need more statesman like him in elected office.
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Mitch Daniels - the Harley-riding, Princeton-educated governor of Indiana - has written a highly readable book on the challenges facing our country and some common sense ideas for fixing what ails us. This could have been the usual self-aggrandizing drivel that we often hear from politicians. But it's not. Daniels thinks with great clarity and writes with both rationality and good humor.

Thirty-five years ago I had the good fortune of knowing the young Mitch Daniels when he was chief of staff for a United States Senator. Mitch was a good listener, and an incisive thinker. He boiled over with ideas. He was highly opinionated, but his opinions were the product of careful thought, not partisanship. The Mitch Daniels of 2011 is just the same. Only now he has a platform from which to talk. Americans of every political stripe would do well to listen to what he has to say.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Whipple III VINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
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From this book, Mitch Daniels is more interested in finding solutions that will work than conceptual purity. If the best solution is not politically feasible, he will settle for #2 or #3 instead of waiting for a more opportune moment that might never come. If he tries something and it fails, he will say "oops," pull the plug, and try something else. And he disarmingly characterizes some of his ideas as common sense, notably how to balance the budget.

"Halfway through my second term [as governor of Indiana], a reporter asked me how we had turned things around. 'Prepare to be dazzled,' I said. 'We spent less money that we took in.'"

Daniels was a staffer in the Reagan Administration and a Budget Director for Bush 43. He references key learnings in these assignments, including the speed with which the then projected surpluses evaporated. I appreciated the admission that some of the tax cuts in which Daniels participated helped to bring about the current situation in which 50% of Americans pay essentially no income tax.

In 2004, Daniels ran for governor of Indiana and eked out a victory. The state had deep fiscal problems. Many steps were taken, such as: outsourced prison meals to catering services, speeded review of environmental permits (some of which had been pending for years), radically reduced wait times at the department of motor vehicles, raised billions for state roads by leasing the Indiana Turnpike to a private operator, cut local property taxes, abolished government union agreements that had made it virtually impossible to reorganize operations, and permitted parents to send their children to schools in any district. There was ample opposition, but the reforms worked and voters reelected Daniels by a wide margin in 2008.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Just a mom on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are politicians and then there are plain spoken, real leaders. Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, told us that what lies ahead for our beloved nation is the most "predictable catastrope" we have faced. Now, Daniels, a Republican, presents a staight-forward case for how it happpened and what we need to do together to correct course. Washington may have lost its way, but it's reassuring to know there are still a few good leaders with clear ideas, guts and a stubborn belief in our intrinsic capacity as citizens, communities and as a country to change our reckless spending habits. Makes me wish that Bowles and Daniels would agree to serve as moderators for the Presidential debates. Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KEL on September 25, 2011
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Well thought and well written. Mr Daniels clearly explains the mess we are in and how, if we all work together, we can sucessfully turn things around. The quotes he uses are entertaining as well as insightful. One in particular "when we run out of money we have to start thinking" seems perfect for the moment. It's obvious that he has been thinking about American economics for a long time. The point he makes most strongly is our need to free up the private sector. Only with strong private sector growth can we generate the tax revenue necessary to pay our bills. And if we cannot pay our bills we are done and the American Dream will be over. The math is frightening; we are closer to disaster than I thought, and moving fast in the wrong direction. His graphs are clear and helpful(in figure 2 he understates his point, the +229% should be +299% I believe). David Brooks has said he would make a very strong GOP presidentail candidate and after reading his book I agree. I hope his wife and daughters relent and share him with us as a candidate. This book puts readers in a mindset to help tackle the difficult issues facing America posthaste.
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