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A Modest Proposal for America: Taxes, Entitlements, and the Manufactured Crisis of Federal Finance [Kindle Edition]

Howard Steven Friedman
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In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal. This classic satire, which proposed solving the problem of Irish poverty by eating the children, has been a staple of English literature for centuries.

Howard Steven Friedman brings this classic into the 21st century through America’s current concerns about the economy, sustainability of social programs, the environment, class warfare, and inequality. This new Modest Proposal offers an equally shocking satirical solution before unpacking the data to explain the real causes of America’s current financial struggle and presenting the practical solutions that Washington is currently avoiding.

Today’s increased polarization in government has led to all-time lows in approval ratings with neither extreme able to develop plans that reflect reality. Ultra-conservatives seek to pare down the government to post-Revolutionary War levels while ultra-liberals are convinced that there is no limit to our ability to issue debt and borrow without consequences. Neither of these groups lives in the real world of data. Most of us find ourselves in between these two extreme views, yet partisan spin is preventing a serious discussion of what the federal budget data really show and the steps needed to put America back on the path of success.

A Modest Proposal for America: Taxes, Entitlements, and the Manufactured Crisis of Federal Finance taps into Friedman’s real world data analysis experience to create viable solutions for the America we live in today and will live in for decades to come.

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fast Foreword (May 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0W9ITE
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of information August 13, 2013
By DJ
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A Modest Proposal is an incredibly insightful book about our fiscal crisis, and more than that It offers real, non-partisan solutions to fix it. It is smart, well written and researched, cleverly laid out and totally engaging. Friedman packed in answers to so many questions I had, and some I never realized I had. He makes what can be a very daunting and complex subject easy to understand. I feel smarter for having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The past, present and future of the federal finance January 26, 2014
By MLiang
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How to manage household finances? What about managing a country's finances? How can we avoid an excessive debt burden on future generations? And how to achieve a compromise across party lines? This book provides interesting insights to these questions. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in learning more about the current fiscal crisis.
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More About the Author

Howard Steven Friedman works as a statistician and health economist for the United Nations and teaches at Columbia University.

He has been a lead modeler on a number of key United Nations projects including the ICPD @ 15 Costing, High Level Task Force on Innovative Financing, and the Adding It Up reports. He is credited with being the lead developer of the tool used for costing the health-related Millennium Development Goals. He is also an adjunct professor at School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Howard ran Analytic Solutions LLC, which provides consulting services in designing, developing and modeling data. This work also included teaching data mining and modeling techniques for major international corporations and foreign governments. Prior to that, he was a Director at Capital One, where he led teams of statisticians, analysts and programmers in operations and marketing.

Howard is the author of over 35 scientific articles and book chapters in areas of applied statistics, health economics with recent publications in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Current Medical Research & Opinion, Clinical Therapeutics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, Clinical Drug Investigation and Value in Health.

Howard Friedman received his BS from Binghamton University in Applied Physics and a Masters in Statistics, along with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Please note that all publications reflect the opinions of the author and not those of the United Nations or Columbia University



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