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A lot has happened since 1992. Bill Clinton was elected President to two terms and became only the second President to ever be impeached. George W. Bush was elected to President despite "losing" the popular vote (other Presidents were elected in the same manner). Even though the 1980s have been labeled as the decade of greed, the 1990s were the true decade of greed as money seemed to flow like water until the stock market bubble burst in 2000. September 11th, 2001 happened and changed our nation and world in a moment. We were able to do what the Russians weren't and invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban. Later we invaded Iraq and captured Saddam Hussein. Back in 1992 it was a very different world.
1992 was also an election year and in this heated election of 2004, I thought it would be interesting and read the book that eventually ended up causing George Bush (41) to loose the 1992 Presidential election. Bush (41) had a huge lead over the relative unknown Democratic governor from Arkansas, Bill Clinton, whose administration had been filled with scandals of every variety. In fact, at one point, most everyone agreed that Bush (41) was a shoo-in. Then Ross Perot and UNITED WE STAND arrived on the scene and everything changed in a moment. Unlike Ralph Nader in 2000 who never was a real threat to either Al Gore or George W. Bush, Perot really did cause Bush (41) to loose the 1992 election (Perot captured almost 19% of all votes cast). UNITED WE STAND is the book that ended up forming the foundation for Perot's campaign and also for the now defunct United We Stand Party.
Even though over a decade has past since the book was published and 1992 is ancient history in the political world, UNITED WE STAND proves to be an interesting read.Read more ›
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This book is dedicated to the millions of volunteers who got the petitions signed to qualify a new national party. [Can this be done again?] The 'Acknowledgments' thank those who gave practical ideas on how to solve out country's problems. The 'Introduction' discusses sluggish economic growth, high unemployment, and inflation. [It does not connect this to Nixon's 1971 dollar devaluation, which allowed a Private Bank Cartel to control your wealth.] The "United We Stand" party did not set up a self-sustaining organization similar to either Twin Party; it can't exist on enthusiasm alone. But its success demonstrates that the majority of voters dislikes the current Twin-Party system; half the people don't even vote.
Chapter One lists the economic problems: working longer hours and getting less [raise the Federal minimum wage to $8 an hour, equivalent to 1968], The Federal debt is a method that taxes the many to benefit the few rich [Andrew Jackson eliminated the national debt]. One solution is to raise the top income tax rate to 70%, and break up the big corporations so more better-paying jobs result [not even mentioned here]. Perot does not mention oppressive taxes, lowered union membership, and the elimination of owner-operated small businesses as a reason for declining economic growth. There is no mention of corporate advertising, media control, and polling to fool the people. Perot blames Reagan for starting the increase in deficit spending (p.11). But he doesn't blame Reagan for the greatest tax increase on wage-earners (to lower taxes on the rich).
In Chapter Two Perot mentions the Savings & Loan crisis in 1984, and how it became a larger crisis.Read more ›
This short publication by Ross Perot was released in 1992 as part of his bid for the US presidency that year. In this book, he explains what he views are ills plaguing America, and puts forth ideas he thinks should be implemented to solve them. This is quite rare, most presidential candidates in recent memory authored books only after reaching and leaving elected office. These include Bill Clinton's autobiography, G. Bush's writings, Harry Truman's memoirs and so. Perot on the other hand, laid out his ideas and opinions while running for political office. Many of the ideas outlined in this book are quite concrete; tax X by amount Y, ban action Z, repeal laws G, H, and I, etc... This is quite impressive, a campaigning politician taking firm stands on specific issues.
A lot of this book is written in the form of self-help inspirational text to get citizens involved in civic affairs. The effects of this book are mixed. Many of the ideas espoused in this book have become part of the political mainstream; balanced budget amendment, fixing Social Security, campaign finance reform, etc... But judging by voter participation, all the encouragements the book makes to get people more civic-minded have utterly failed.
All in all an OK book. It is worth the read though, the text is easy enough to understand and short enough to digest in one day.