Kindle Price: $3.99

Save $22.01 (85%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt by [Rasmussen, Scott]
Kindle App Ad

The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$3.99

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
New In Conservative Outlook
Enjoy a new selection of books in conservative politics. Learn more | See related books
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Rasmussen's book makes it clear that voters do understand [the reality of the problems we face] and have given considerable thought to what changes would work. . . . Offers realistic solutions to our most pressing problems--both financially and politically."

--Dick Morris, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Screwed! "and former advisor to President Bill Clinton

"A really fascinating read."

--"RedState"

"Fortunately, at least one prominent assayer of public opinion has taken a good look at [polling practices] and is screaming, 'Pollster, heal thyself!' . . . Rasmussen looks at America's dire fiscal predicament through the lens of . . . a simple, neglected insight: Polling voters about broad political sentiments is very different from polling them about specific policy solutions."

--"The Weekly Standard"

About the Author

Scott Rasmussen is one of the most recognized and respected public opinion pollsters in the United States today. As founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, he is a political analyst, television commentator, author, and a regular on the speaking circuit. The Wall Street Journal says “Mr. Rasmussen is today's leading insurgent pollster” and “a key player in the contact sport of politics.” The Washington Post calls Rasmussen a “driving force in American politics” and reports that his polls have set off alarm bells in the Oval Office.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2689 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (January 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PSL7TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: 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.
Read more ›
2 Comments 36 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Part One outlines Rasmussen's premise that members of Congress are unwilling to make the tough budget choices that voters are ready to accept and that this trend of Congressional action lagging behind public opinion has repeated itself throughout American history. Rasmussen also maligns the "Political Class" which distrusts voters because of their perceived ignorance and therefore reject the will of the people. All of this is important because many of Rasmussen's budgetary solutions involve moving decision making from politicians and bureaucrats to the voters themselves via referendums on social security/medicare changes or altering those programs to provide for revised tax rates based on individually selected retirement ages. Rasmussen also discusses the enormous scope of the deficit and how official reporting standards hide the true magnitude of the problem. More detailed numbers though are provided in chapter 11 where Rasmussen compares existing policy to the policy preferences of voters as revealed by Rasmussen polling.

Part Two discusses in detail how voters would address national security spending, entitlement spending, tax reform, and various welfare programs. Rasmussen takes the voters' preferences and designs policy solutions to enact them. Many of these solutions are simple and novel, but others, like the national referendums to approve changes to social security might strike readers as impractical. Readers who have read Brian Caplan's "Myth of the Rational Voter" might be terrified by the idea of national referenda on these topics but Rasmussen emphasizes that he has much more confidence in voters than in politicians and others in the Political Class.
Read more ›
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Rasmussen's latest work is his best. While politicians tell us that the American public won't accept the "hard things" that must be done to put the nation back on sound footing, Rasmussen's numbers tell us something different. In the book he lays out a step by step plan for working on the nation's immediate problems, in each case demonstrating that there is already the public support necessary. Rasmussen proves conclusively, by the numbers, that the politicians who tell us it can't be done are simply misleading us in order to maintain the status quo they love.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to initiate us as concerned citizens to the nuts and bolts of the process of getting the government budget balanced and the federal debt eliminated. The Peoples' Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt by Scott Rasmussen, a well-known, respected pollster and regular commentator in the speaking circuit, has written about the pitiful state of American finances and proposes a blueprint about how we can correct the problems and restore fiscal sanity.

He postulates that the American people are willing to make the necessary compromises, reduce government spending, eliminate the federal deficit, etc. --only that the politicians lie to us blaming Americans for not supporting the cuts in government spending that are necessary. I wish it was really that simple!

Mr. Rasmussen's fiscal information, statistics and dire warnings, are on target, but his prescription for curing the illness, and his rationale and methods for solving the economic ills of the nation are dangerous. One cannot run a government by the whim of the public opinion polls of the moment, or ignore the constitution because of fickle, momentary public opinion trends.

The American voters today are a shifty electorate, subject to the passions and whims of the moment, and media indoctrination including the way pollsters themselves frame questions are leading voters down the path of feel-good socialism.

The truth, as SAT scores, academic studies and even public opinion pollsters in the streets show, the average American is not as well-informed and civic-minded, as he once was!

We need a limited government shackled by the chains of the constitution, as prescribed by Thomas Jefferson, whom he quotes in a different context.
Read more ›
4 Comments 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt