The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2014
Much as he tries to soften his trickle down economics and invokes Jack Kemp Ryan does not deliver anything New to the conversation. I found his story of not understanding the impact of the 47% crack on good hardworking people on social security and Medicare incredible.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
Several years ago, I set out to read about as many of the United States presidents as possible. Reading about the great leaders in America's history; leaders like George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan is an unforgettable experience that tends to leave a mark on each reader.

During this political season filled with failed policies and lackluster leadership, I set out to read about a few men who may one day occupy the Oval Office. The first book is written by the Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan. His book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea is a transparent look at the Wisconsin native and his vision for America.

Readers will be impressed with Ryan's unassuming style. He's a small town boy with big dreams for America. There's no political pretense here; just well-thought out ideas that Ryan proposes in order to rescue our country from the clutches of the Obama administration.

Several reforms are proposed by Paul Ryan. The first proposal he presents is entitlement and health-care reform. The goal here, according to Ryan is to begin by repealing Obama care, the prized jewel of social progressives. Ryan makes it clear that he intends to save social security, medicare, and medicaid. But the current policies will, in the final analysis lead to economic disaster. Ryan proposes commonsense solutions which promote competition among insurance companies and doctors which will ultimately drive down prices; not to mention put more money back into the pocketbook of Americans.

The second proposal includes an economic growth component. Ryan addresses the growing national debt crisis which is over $17 trillion and rising. He addresses the liberal proclivity to tax and spend. Ryan adds, "The bottom line is that when you tax something , you get less of it. So when we tax prosperity and success, we get less of each - and we need more of both so we can get the economy working for everyone again."

Third, tax reform is on Ryan's agenda. He is in favor of a reduction of the corporate tax rate and argues in favor of a simpler tax code. Ryan's reforms would mean "that no business or family would pay more than 25 percent of their income to the federal government." And many Americans would pay considerable less under the Ryan plan.

Fourth, ending cronyism and corporate welfare. Ryan notes, "Cronyism is integral to the progressive approach to governing." A brief look at the Obama policies only confirm this notion. Ryan concludes, "Americans need to know that their government is on their side - encouraging robust competition that will best serve their interests and grow their economy - rather than on the side of big, established corporate players. Capitalism and cronyism are not compatible, and it's time Republicans made it much clear to voters that we are the party that stands for a competitive economy suitable for growth."

Fifth, Ryan makes a good case for regulatory reform. "Going forward," he writes, "we should ease the regulatory burden on the economy, and the best way to do that is to bring meaningful cost-benefit analysis back into the system, reconnect the law with the lawmakers, and restore the balance between the branches of the government. True regulatory reform can restart economic growth - and produce the energy we need."

Sixth, aggressive immigration reform should be a key plank in the GOP platform. Ryan's ideas are among the best I've read as a pathway for citizenship is offered and accountability required.

Seventh, sound monetary policy will guide our country into the future.

Finally, a twenty-first century national defense strategy and foreign policy. Ryan refers to this final component of his plan as the "missed opportunity" of the Obama administration. Moving forward will require a strong military and a foreign policy that builds bridges with our allies around the world.

There's something strangely refreshing about Paul Ryan's approach. Readers will notice that this man is devoted to his family and country. He just happens to be a politician. Here is a man who has strong gifts in the field of economics and understands how to apply a supply-side approach in the current climate. Paul Ryan is a strong leader with strong values and a heart for the American ideal. Whether he ever ends up in the Oval Office is anyone's guess. One thing is true: He knows the way forward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2015
I purchased the book thinking Mr. Ryan would offer specifics on his economic proposals, but all I saw was pie in the sky by and by. Yes, I'm for motherhood and tax reform but I wanted concrete proposals, not mere verbage.

Froggy
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2014
I expected this to be boring. It is the first book I have read regarding politics. I enjoyed it very much. This is real hope and change. Most believe we are on the wrong track, as a country. I like Ryan's ideas and positive attitude. He had a humble upbringing, is smart, down to earth and not afraid to make the tough calls so our children have a chance.
I realize there are biased reviews here, some will never like republican ideas and the same for democratic ideas. But here I see someone who can work across the aisle, which the current administration promised and then immediately proceeded to divide our country.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2014
I found this to be a few things: 1) An easy read 2) A great insight into a good and intelligent man 3) An eye opener regarding the 2012 election 4) A great view from the inside of our distorted political system 5) A good and positive point by point addressing, including proposed solutions, on the issues of today.
Anyone who would like to know more about Paul Ryan will not be disappointed in reading this book
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
I have respected Paul Ryan for his intellect and courage in putting fourth specific economic proposals. I differ in my political leanings from him and read this book to try to better understand his positions. In the book he points out problems that we all see and suggests solutions without supporting arguments that I had hoped to find. My conclusion is that it is written in preparation of a presidential run in 2016. A lot of personal history, some democratic bashing and high level visions that no one would argue with.
I know him better after reading the book and respect him as much as before, but will have to look elsewhere for more detail about how he will achieve his vision.
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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
One of the first reviews of Paul Ryan’s new book accused Ryan of not being sufficiently intellectual. Hmm, is that because he is too logical and candid with specific ideas? I see Ryan’s Way Forward as refreshing. He is revealing of his Midwestern upbringing and sincere appreciation of his widowed Mom’s guidence.
Ryan admits to some minor mistakes along the way in the process of his development as a bright young man with a clear understanding and respect for the foundation of our government by our founding fathers. His deep rooted ideas which evolved from his intense study of economics have formed the basis for his ideas on how to move our country on a path to growth, prosperity and equality of opportunity.
Paul Ryan has praise for both Democrats and Republicans who put forth realistic ideas and are willing to bend a little in crossing the aisle for legislation that will provide some level of progress. This book leaves me with respect for an intelligent young man, mature beyond his age, who has demonstrated leadership in taking on difficult challenges in the US House of Representatives
This book reminds me that I will never find a politician who I agree with on all the issues, but hopeful that I will find a hardworking man or woman with a goal in governing to do what is best for all America in preserving a government foundation; a foundation that has prevailed over 220 years as the best ever produced in the history of mankind.
I will continue to evaluate the proposed alternatives among those men and women, Democrats and Republicans, seeking to re-direct the path of America in the 2016 Presidential election. I look forward to reading other books that will help me in that pursuit. I have a feeling many of those who read Ryan’s book , if they actually even read it, did so with a pre-determined goal of seeking to be critical without digesting his specific ideas. I highly recommend reading this book with an open mind.
Wayne Lobdell
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2014
One of the best books on politics I have ever read. It was written by the most intelligent, courageous, and articulate person in Washington D.C. A must read for anyone who is trying to decide on the next President of the United States!!!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2014
Ryan laid out a comprehensive plan to deal with America's critical issues without more debt and less freedom as has been the peacticws of the past.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2014
Disappointing. I did not get much in the way of the way forward. Other than vouchers for medicare I saw nothing and even that is not new.
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