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Building the New American Economy Lib/E: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable Audio CD – Unabridged, April 11, 2017
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Rudy Sanda is a versatile actor, singer, voice-over artist, and fight choreographer. He has appeared on stage and screen in the United States and England, including productions at Laguna Playhouse, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Ocean State Theatre. Rudy holds a BFA in acting from the University of Rhode Island.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (April 11, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1665269901
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665269902
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1) Economic growth and decent jobs;
2) Promoting social fairness to women, the poor, and minority groups;
3) Promoting environmental sustainability
His pitch for promoting growth is that the federal government needs to stop with the tax cuts and to invest more in infrastructure, education, and more, including complex public projects. He has a chapter on federal debt, where he is critical of the Obama administration, as well as the Trump administration. He suggests cutting back on military spending. Easier said than done? He will also get to reducing health care costs, but never really has a sensible plan. He gets sucked into the Medicare for All scheme, which has zero cost controls. His pitch to reduce federal debt in this 2017 book, of course has been buried by the federal spending, so far, on pandemic needs.
There was an age of canals, then railroads, then the Interstate highway system. Now, we are way behind in maintaining these…and more. He calls for a commission to come up with suggestions as to what should come next.
As for economic inequality, he calls for the U.S. to build a plan to eliminate poverty all together. He says that federal policy has, in general, favored big business at the expense of the working class. He looks to Denmark as a country that has done good things, but also warns that the coming automation will make it tough to keep jobs and/or raise wages.
He talks about the transfer of money from the rich to the poor. He suggests a wealth tax. He covers education that is needed to deal with smarter and smarter machines.
Moving on to trade, he is, in general, a free-trader. But he wants those who gain to share their gains. He says that, initially, he was for NAFTA, but has turned against it. He does not want to end trade with China, but says that he opposes any loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Not much new information here.
On health care, he gives credit to Obamacare for increasing the availability of health care insurance to millions of Americans. But he calls it a flawed system. He points out some outrageous costs for services in the U.S. vs other countries. He calls for universal health care insurance and government controls over the costs of drugs.
There is a chapter on energy, then on military spending, then on government spending on “innovation.” He talks about the military-industrial complex, and that Big Oil has tons of lobbyists, but does not really suggest how to get out of all of this. He ends with a summary of the above and a reemphasis on “sustainable develop” for our country.
So, this is a relatively quick read that covers some major topics involved in “Building the New American Economy.” It is more of a general overview book, than one filled with specifics. Having just finished Thomas Friedman’s book, “Thank You for Being Late,” I would turn to that for more specifics.
It is also a very easy read, nice and short, not your usual academic brick. Don't miss out on it. And I think that if you're American (I'm not) this should act as a wake-up call. You really can't let Trump destroy America's leadership of the world and this book tells you quite clearly how to stop him.
we are facing together with the vision of what everybody has to learn in a short time
in order to contribute all together toward a common global solution: as if we could behave as members
of a well-rehearsed orchestra,
This is the challenge some birds, when the season change, appear to be able to meet.
There is not any valid alternative: we must try our best.
I admit that was not the goal. But sustainable development requires we rethink the way we conceive of the economy.