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5.0 out of 5 stars "Big What, Small How", December 4, 2011
This review is from: The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government (Hardcover)
Like its predecessor "The True Patriot," this book is hugely thought-provoking. Quoting from the first chapter:

"If you can hold these paired thoughts in your head, we wrote this book for you:

- The federal government spends too much money. The wealthy should pay more taxes.

- Every American should have access to high-quality health care. We spend far too much on health care.

- We need to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We need to ensure that our economy continues to grow.

- Unions are a crucially important part of our economy and society. Unions have become overly protectionist and are in need of enormous amounts of reform.

- We need strong government. We need strong citizens."

Liu and Hanauer advocate "Big What, Small How" government, in contrast to the "small/small" of the right and the "big/big" of the left.

This book is a quick read that will make you think.

See Hanauer's recent Bloomberg op-ed:
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