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Miller counts off the grim statistics of American society's most intractable problems: "40 million uninsured; 15 million working poor; 10 million poor kids in failing schools." Soon, making these costs seem trivial, baby boomers will retire. And the political system, distorted by money and special interests, refuses to seriously address these issues. Miller, a radio commentator and syndicated columnist, has a plan. With an increase of government spending of 2% of GDP, we can solve all these problems, but it will require "grand bargains" between the parties, with Democrats agreeing to accept market-oriented programs if Republicans will generously fund them. For instance, Miller says many Republicans would support universal health coverage if Democrats would allow a plan relying on tax subsidies to cover private insurance policies. Based on similar principles, Miller crafts Solomonic proposals to raise teacher pay, experiment with school vouchers, subsidize a living wage for poor workers, publicly finance elections, slow the growth rate of Social Security and Medicare expenses, and offset the costs of the new initiatives. Though he calls it "ideologically androgynous," Miller's agenda resembles the New Democrat platform and will be a harder sell to the committed tax cutters of the GOP. Miller has pitched his "Two Percent Solution" to dozens of influential policymakers across the political spectrum. The cautiously favorable reactions he reports from these encounters and from focus groups and polling commissioned for the book are the most convincing evidence of the plausibility of his vision. Sadly, sensible compromise still seems unlikely, but Miller's unflappable salesmanship is irresistible.
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"The 2% Solution is clear, accessible and well written." -- The New York Times Sunday Business Section, September 28, 2003
"The Two Percent Solution is a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003
"A beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003
"Matt Miller...combs the best thinking on both sides and produces an instructive antidote to this vapid public discourse." -- The Boston Globe, November 6, 2003
"a beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003.
"a small marvel of a book, an extended discussion of domestic policy that will wake you up." -- Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was very interesting to read. It contained a lot of good solutions that many would refuse to face simply because of party affiliation.Published 22 months ago by John
The author is a democrat but not a hard nosed partisan. I thought he did a nice job explaining the issues and who he talked to and how he found common ground.Published on May 26, 2013 by Michael
Yeah, maybe 9 years ago, $200 billion in additional yearly taxes (i.e. $1.8 trillion by now) could have made a small dent towards what the author proposed (assuming we could keep... Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by R. Powell
I heard the author interviewed many years ago, and finally got around to reading the book. The author made many excellent suggestions, and it's a shame that we are so wrapped up... Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by Sharon V. Richardson
Matthew Miller's "The 2% Solution" has some wonderful ideas that makes an effort to satisfy both sides of the aisle (conservatives and liberals). Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Sing T. Loc
In an era when politicians are concerned about the short term (no doubt dwelling on their chances of re-election), rather than the larger long term problems which loom over the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Miller does the impossible in this book, thinking way outside the box to innovate solutions that address the concerns of liberals and conservatives alike and actually solve the... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by K. Liburdi
The title is explained by Miller's bold assertion that the most serious challenges in the United States could be solved if the federal government spent only 2% more than it does... Read morePublished on June 3, 2004 by Robert Morris
Mr. Miller is very creative, innovative, and what have you. But, he is totally unrealistic. His book is just an interesting utopia of what we could do with our money if it grew... Read morePublished on May 18, 2004 by Gaetan Lion