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The Plan: Big Ideas for America Hardcover – August 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586484125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rahm Emanuel was elected to the United States Congress from the 5th District of Illinois in 2002. He is also chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Bruce Reed writes a daily political column for Slate and is the editor-in-chief of Blueprint, the leading magazine of new Democratic ideas. In 1992, Reed helped write Putting People First, the bestselling book on Clinton's agenda. He is President of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Both Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed served as top aides in Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 campaigns and held top policy jobs in the White House.


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The book is a clear indication why the Democratic party is not a genuine opposition party.
John Walsh
Now that Emanuel is no longer Obama's chief of staff, and Obama's healthcare initiative has already become law, I think this book has greatly-decreased significance.
Darren Weeks
Big Ideas for Rahm...nothing special here, just didn't really leave any lasting impressions.
B. Hamlin

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40 of 56 people found the following review helpful By P. Calaway on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Plan was a true disappointment, just another extremely partisan book. I was really hoping to read a logical, fact based book to understand the direction the authors' wanted to take the country in addition to the reasons why. Unfortunately, The Plan only offers more political rhetoric with a tremendous amount of Bush bashing and Democratic feel-good commentary designed to stir your emotions rather than lay a foundation for real change. Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Reed twist and skew information to lead the reader toward their partisan agenda. It doesn't appear that these gentlemen are interested in getting to the root of the problem. They only want to blame the other party and push their big ideas on America.
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89 of 129 people found the following review helpful By John Walsh on October 22, 2006
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Rahm Emanuel is an important figure in American politics, now head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which carries great weight in the selection of Congressional House candidates. In that role Emanuel has spent considerable time and effort knocking out peace candidates, replacing them with prowar candidates as when he pushed out Christine Cegelis in Illinois in favor of Tammy Duckworth in the Democratic primary. Duckworth is for staying the course.

So how does Emanuel view issues of war, peace and foreign policy? Emanuel has just supplied the answer in the form of a book co-authored with Bruce Reed, modestly entitled: The Plan: Big Ideas for America. The authors obligingly boil each of the eight parts of "The Plan" down to a single paragraph. The section which embraces all of foreign policy is entitled "A New Strategy to End the War on Terror," a heading revealing in itself since "war on terror" is the way the neocons and the Israeli Lobby currently like to frame the discussion of foreign policy. Here is the book's summary paragraph with my comments in parentheses:

"A New Strategy to Win the War on Terror"

("War on Terror," as George Soros points out, is a false metaphor used by those who would drag us into military adventures not in our interest or that of humanity.)

"We need to use all the roots of American power to make our country safe. (He begins by playing on fear.) America must lead the world's fight against the spread of evil and totalitarianism, but we must stop trying to win that battle on our own. (Messianic imperialism.) We should reform and strengthen multilateral institutions for the twenty-first century, not walk away from them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Weeks on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book because Rahm Emanuel was Obama's chief of staff and I wanted to see what his "Plan" was, since he was in the position to make it happen. One thing that I found quite interesting was his advocacy for mandatory community service (mandatory volunteerism) for all young people between certain ages. I didn't care for the idea because it sounds like servitude to me. He also lays out his plan for national healthcare for all.

I guess the main thing that I didn't like about this book was that it seems to be written like a campaign platform. It is kind of like a list of things to do, rather than a more timeless addressing of issues. Now that Emanuel is no longer Obama's chief of staff, and Obama's healthcare initiative has already become law, I think this book has greatly-decreased significance. I'm glad I bought it when I did, but now I wouldn't waste my time or money.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Turnbull on December 3, 2008
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The two authors are Clinton democrats who wrote their book as part of the 2006 campaign to elect democrats to the Congress. They suggest eight big ideas,namely, universal citizen service in a non-military organization, universal college access, universal retirement savings, universal children's health care, fiscal responsibility and an end to corporate welfare, tax reform to help those who aren't wealthy to build wealth, a new strategy to win the war on terror, and a hybrid economy that cuts America's gasoline use in half. Their proposals deserve objective, non-partisan Congressional debate.
In light of the major economic crisis that has since occurred, their new book, scheduled for release on January 5, 2009, probably includes and expands upon the content of this earlier one. It will be interesting to see the extent to which they are willing to reverse the policies that not only caused the crisis, but will also make it impossible for their big ideas to succeed. Both books must be read, if their ideas are to be intelligently evaluated. For a short statement of the policies I refer to, read Congressman Ron Paul's address to the House of Representatives on Novembrer 20, 2008, which is titled on the internet as "The Austrians Were Right." For a broader presentation of the policies, I recommend Addison Wiggin's "the demise of the dollar." The battle is on! Wake up America.
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39 of 59 people found the following review helpful By James D. Williams on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This guy made $320,000 for 14 months of little work with Freddie Mac. He helped Leland (CEO at Freddie Mac) come up with a scheme to cook the books in order to get a bigger bonus. In the 3 years after Clinton, this man made over $16 million dollars in banking. This guy was deeply involved in the problems we are now facing. Source for this is the Chicago Tribune. Take this into account when you read his book. My boys are not going to their camps! And I will not be involved in their so called 'volunteer corps'.
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