- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (September 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586481584
- ISBN-13: 978-1586481582
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Miller counts off the grim statistics of American society's most intractable problems: "40 million uninsured; 15 million working poor; 10 million poor kids in failing schools." Soon, making these costs seem trivial, baby boomers will retire. And the political system, distorted by money and special interests, refuses to seriously address these issues. Miller, a radio commentator and syndicated columnist, has a plan. With an increase of government spending of 2% of GDP, we can solve all these problems, but it will require "grand bargains" between the parties, with Democrats agreeing to accept market-oriented programs if Republicans will generously fund them. For instance, Miller says many Republicans would support universal health coverage if Democrats would allow a plan relying on tax subsidies to cover private insurance policies. Based on similar principles, Miller crafts Solomonic proposals to raise teacher pay, experiment with school vouchers, subsidize a living wage for poor workers, publicly finance elections, slow the growth rate of Social Security and Medicare expenses, and offset the costs of the new initiatives. Though he calls it "ideologically androgynous," Miller's agenda resembles the New Democrat platform and will be a harder sell to the committed tax cutters of the GOP. Miller has pitched his "Two Percent Solution" to dozens of influential policymakers across the political spectrum. The cautiously favorable reactions he reports from these encounters and from focus groups and polling commissioned for the book are the most convincing evidence of the plausibility of his vision. Sadly, sensible compromise still seems unlikely, but Miller's unflappable salesmanship is irresistible.
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"The 2% Solution is clear, accessible and well written." -- The New York Times Sunday Business Section, September 28, 2003
"The Two Percent Solution is a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003
"A beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003
"Matt Miller...combs the best thinking on both sides and produces an instructive antidote to this vapid public discourse." -- The Boston Globe, November 6, 2003
"a beguilingly big and simple idea... a welcome return to political thinking on a big-canvas agenda." -- Washington Post Book World, August 31, 2003.
"a small marvel of a book, an extended discussion of domestic policy that will wake you up." -- Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2003
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The appeal of the book lies not only in the attempt to resolve such daunting problems with an ambitious plan, but to explain problems in an easy to understand format, whilst also seeking comment on his ideas from prominent voices from our time.
The reason for 4 stars, not 5, is two fold:
1. Under the section where he seeks to ensure that everyone has a decent minimum wage of $9-10 an hour, he suggests restricting it to US citizens only. As a hardworking (6 days a week) full time employee of a company, who has never claimed unemployment or welfare in the nearly 8 years that I have lived here, I find it insulting that I would not earn the same wage. Granted, I could become a citizen, but one could also argue that this minimum wage proposal is merely a way to ensure that everyone becomes a citizen.
2. Given the partisanship which borders on trench warfare, prevalent in current politics, I am highly doubtful that such a plan, laudable though it may be, would ever take place.
I do, nonetheless, recommend this book.
Immediately I have questions. Has Miller taken in full account that as much as 85% (if not more) of an annual federal budget is already committed by law to programs such as Social Security and Medicare? Even if the Congress and the President were in agreement about the 2% tax increase and dedicated expenditures Miller proposes, would -- indeed could -- they make them? Even then, where would the (no pun intended) proverbial "buck" stop in terms of ensuring that the increased expenditures achieve the intended objectives? Finally, given the well-established infrastructures of government at the federal, state, and local levels, will an increase (in whatever amount) in a single year be sufficient to solve problems which have developed during the last (let's say) 50 years?
No reasonable person can quarrel with Miller's assertion that such problems exist, and, that public officials need to collaborate much more effectively on solving them. I agree with Miller that "our two major political parties are organized around ideologies and interest groups that systematically ban the expression of common-sense ideas that blend the best of liberal and conservative thinking." Perhaps there is a consensus in 2004 on what the most serious problems are. Historically, however, there has always been disagreement as to HOW to solve such problems and my guess (only a guess) is that political divisions are wider and deeper now than they have been at least since the 1930s and perhaps since the Civil War.
For me, this book's greatest value is best measured in terms of the controversies and conversations it stimulates. Miller does not have all the right answers...and doesn't claim to. No one does. In fact, he doesn't ask all the right questions. However, he offers a series of quite specific proposals and then supports them. If you disagree, as many do, Amazon offers this opportunity to respond and I am grateful for it.
The author is a Democrat, but does a good job of keeping things on the level (except for the several times that he complains about the problems that Clinton "inherited", while ignoring the ones that other Presidents have "inherited", like a trashed stock market and rapidly tanking economy). A bit more editing would have been much better. Still, open-minded individuals can appreciate it (by the way, I am Libertarian).
There are no easy solutions, but this one gives some good possibilities that could be acceptable from all sides.