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CONGRESSMAN ERIC CANTOR (Virginia) is the Republican Whip who holds a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and serves as chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He chairs the House Economic Recovery Working Group, which developed the Republican alternative to the president’s stimulus package and crafted a range of solutions to get families and small-business people back to work. 

CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (Wisconsin) is a sixth-term congressman, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY (California), a two-term congressman and House Chief Deputy Republican Whip, was named one of the GOP’s “most persuasive, compelling members” by Newsweek. He is charged with recruiting fresh-thinking Republican candidates for upcoming elections and leads the Republican legislative effort to put forth a new governing agenda.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607345
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Cantor is a results-oriented leader in Congress who is committed to helping solve problems for America's families. He has developed a broad range of innovative solutions to promote free markets, economic growth, job creation and national security.

Representing Virginia's 7th District, Eric has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. In the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th Congress.

In Congress, Eric has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and ideas-driven conservative. The Weekly Standard featured him as an emerging leader among an impressive group of "Young Guns of the House GOP." Congressional Quarterly has described him as "the GOP's communicator, rainmaker and consensus builder."

A former small businessman, Eric has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy. A proponent of a strong national defense, Eric formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and remains committed to providing our nation's military and intelligence communities with the resources they need to keep the homeland safe.

In Congress, Eric has worked to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. He was the chief sponsor of a 2006 bill to make permanent the slashed individual income tax rates for capital gains and dividends, rewarding entrepreneurs, retirees and investors with the ability to create more opportunity for their families and jobs for our communities. He has long been a key player in health care, fighting for greater choice for families. He authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which made it easier for families to save for their health care needs through Health Savings Accounts. The legislation became law in late 2006.

As Minority Whip, Eric assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill.

During the lead-up to the stimulus vote, then-Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Eric to head up the Republican Economic Solutions Group that produced the Republican alternative economic plan which would have created twice the jobs at half the cost of the stimulus bill signed into law. The group continued to develop and produce responsible solutions to a broad range of challenges, offering a window into GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. In December 2009, the group offered President Obama a no-cost jobs plan.

Eric also co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Eric is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area, where he got his start in politics as a driver for his predecessor Congressman Tom Bliley. Eric received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master's degree from Columbia University in New York.

Eric and his wife, Diana, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have three children: Evan, a recent graduate of The University of Virginia; Jenna, a junior at the University of Michigan; and Michael, in his first year at The University of Virginia.

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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ira E. Stoll VINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
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The latest entry in the season of political books took three authors to craft and begins with a foreword by yet a fourth. Yet Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, by Republican Congressmen Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy, for the most part manages to avoid the perils of group authorship and to succeed in concisely conveying a sense of what these three men are up to.

The foreword by the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes calls Mr. Ryan "the most influential Republican thinker in Congress." Mr. Barnes predicts that Mr. Cantor "will be speaker or majority leader the next time Republicans control the House," while Mr. Ryan "will be in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee."

The book proceeds to a "roundtable discussion" among the three authors, with Mr. Ryan charging that the Democrats have a "hardcore-left agenda," of wanting "to transform this country into a cradle-to-grave European social welfare state and change the idea of America forever."

The authors, who, after the initial roundtable, handle the rest of the book in three separate chunks each attributed to a single author, are not afraid to criticize their fellow Republicans. "We've seen Republicans who claim to believe in limited government spend the taxpayers' money like teenagers with their parents' credit card," Mr. Cantor writes. Republicans, he writes, "became what they had campaigned against: arrogant and out of touch."

At times, though, they blame Democrats when the fault belongs to both parties. Mr. Cantor writes, "Then the Democrats got into the auto business. Instead of allowing its union cronies and corporate CEOs to be held accountable for their poor decisions, they made the taxpayers accountable by buying Chrysler and General Motors.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense on December 30, 2010
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The book is an easy read, and I especially liked Eric Cantor's section. The 'but" part of my review is that I was hoping that they would get away from some of the name calling and paranoia about the "evil democrats" and Nancy Pelosi, and just lay out some solid conservative principles to move the country forward
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AMDGJMJ on November 15, 2010
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Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy are three bright lights among the conservative congressmen who are assuming important positions in the coming 2011-2012 legislative year and beyond. This book is a concise manifesto of what our young conservative political leaders in Congress can and should do to correct and re-direct the course of government. Every citizen concerned about the direction of our nation should read this book. I hope the opinion makers in our national mainstream media and academia give these guys an honest, serious chance, especially since our nation stands on the brink of disaster with regards to bloated federal spending and huge un-funded programs such as Social Security and Medicare ready to detonate like a nuclear bomb affecting every American's future. I highly recommend this book to everyone, young and old.
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40 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ronald P Parker on September 11, 2010
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This book provides commonsense solutions to tough problems facing our country. Perhaps those who submitted negative reviews should have actually read the book.
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63 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A. Schwimmer on September 6, 2010
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The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the Ryan "Roadmap" and concluded that it does everything it promises: balances the budget and saves Social Security and Medicare.

Krugman is a partisan hack and a fool, who has been discredited long ago. Only readers of the New York Times editorial page take him seriously. Worse, he is a Keynesian, whose economic nostrums have failed everywhere and every time they've been tried, including, especially, here and now.
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By divineproportion on December 17, 2014
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Ryan was honestly the guy for the job in 2012, but he's had his taste of national politics. He is a sensible House member.
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Very good read! Always interested in trying to gain insight on how the government is working or better yet! Should work!
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William H. Folk II on September 16, 2010
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I was excited to get my copy of Young Guns downloaded to my Kindle Tuesday morning at 12 am but now after reading it I realize that I need to get this in hard cover to keep.

If I was not represented by Congressman Ryan and I had read this book I might be willing to say that these guys are simply idealists. But I am represented by Congressman Ryan and I have come to realize that what he acts on what he believes because his constituents expect him to.

Congressman Cantor, Ryan & McCarthy are truly leaders. You can see it in their writings, they know not only what needs to get done and how to get it done but they are acting on it. They are willing to be mentors for new congressmen and hold each other accountable for doing what it right for the country and their constituents first and themselves last.

These men have a great future not only in the GOP but in history...they are bringing the government back to the people.

Please read this book...it is worth the time and will motivate you to reach out to your representative at all levels of government and remind them that they are in their position to serve the people not for the people to serve them.
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