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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint for saving America from fiscal ruin while strengthening self-governance, February 6, 2012
This review is from: The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt (Hardcover)
Scott Rasmussen's "The People's Money; How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt," is full of optimism for the future of America.

Rasmussen, one of America's most accurate pollsters, places great faith in the American voter to do the right thing when equipped with the facts.

The surprising aspect of this book is that it proffers common sense budgetary solutions to end deficit spending and begin to pay down the national debt - including the some $100 trillion in unfunded Medicare and Social Security liabilities.

Unsurprisingly, in an offering from a pollster, the book is chock full of interesting data.

73% of voters trust the American people more than political leaders.

62% of voters understand the gimmicks used by Washington to disguise spending cuts as cuts in the rate of growth rather than actual cuts in spending.

28% of voters believe that the government running of the economy is more important than protecting individual rights.

When voters are told that returning to the gold standard would reduce the power of central bankers and politicians to steer the economy, support for it rises from 24% to 57% with only 19% opposed.

7 in 10 Americans believe that Big Government and Big Business work together against the rest of us.

64% think the U.S. is overtaxed.

3 of 4 voters believe "average" Americans should pay no more than 20%.

Most think that tax cuts are good for the economy, only about ¼ think otherwise.

68% prefer fewer services and lower taxes; 22% the opposite.

64% think it's better to have lower tax rates and fewer deductions, 16%, the opposite.

63% of Americans believe that most of the people defined as "poor" by the government aren't really poor as they have adequate levels of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Further, the average American living in officially defined poverty enjoys more living space than an average European family.

There are 69 federal means-tested welfare programs spending $940 billion in 2011.

71% of people believe that people are receiving benefits who should not be eligible.

The AIG bailout in 2008 was opposed by 77% to 9% with 59% thinking that letting the firm fail would be better for the economy.

Even three years after the bank bailouts, 61% thought it was a bad idea and 24% supported it.

Only 35% of Americans believe that capitalism is the same as the free market (seeing capitalism as crony capitalism).

75% of the public want the Federal Reserve audited.

By a 68% to 18% margin, people believe that $1 billion invested by companies to grow their own business will create more jobs than a billion dollars invested by government on new highways.

When the FDA said Cheerios should be regulated like a drug, 87% of people disagreed, 4% agreed. As for government regulation of cereal in general, 69% disagreed there should be more, 13% want more regulation.

Anyone concerned about the future of the American republic should read this book.

Reviewer: Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California State Assemblyman from 2004 to 2010. Before his election, he was an executive in the aerospace industry. He was a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Defense from 1986 to 1988. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. DeVore is the author of "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America," the co-author of "China Attacks," and author of the novel "Twilight of the Rising Sun."
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2012 12:05:49 PM PST
"28% of voters believe that the government running of the economy is more important than protecting individual rights."

If true, this should frighten any decent person. Nearly a third of citizens want to enslave everyone? Scary.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 5:11:52 PM PDT
Chuck, come back out to CA and help us get out of this mess! Gov DeVore would be fantastic!
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