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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful- Puts the crisis in context and what response is needed, June 23, 2012
This review is from: That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back (Hardcover)
Injects some interesting ideas into the debate. His insights on how we are in a crisis and crisis response cannot be solved as politics as usual for either party is an absolutely vital observation. He also points out how the two party political system used to work (with each party having roughly two wings) and how the polarization of the political world has essentially made it impossible for politicians to make concessions or compromises without being destroyed in their own primaries. Of course, compromise and concession is at the heart of what politics is, without those things it would be warfare not politics.

Also, for a pair of Democratic Party supporting authors, they are very clear about the threat posed by public sector unions, the need to cut entitlement benefits including social security and the need for budget cutting in general.

For those who have posted reviews along the lines of "liberal drivel", look again. They may castigate the Republican "Tax cuts no matter what" and "all budget problems can be fixed with spending cuts" but they likewise hammer the democrats for pandering to unions, granting unsustainable entitelments and uncritical pouring of money into education and the democratic mantra of "we dont need to cut we just need to increase taxes." If it makes you uncomfortable buy a helmet.

It has changed my thinking.
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