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According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, America currently faces five threats that could undermine, if not eliminate, the United States if immediate steps are not taken to correct them. The threats as he sees them are Islamic terrorists and rogue dictatorships armed with nuclear or biological weapons; the removal of God from American public life; a loss of patriotism and sense of America's history; a decline in economic supremacy because of poor science and math education; and the increasing budgetary burden of Social Security and Medicare. To tackle these problems, Gingrich offers his "21st Century Contract with America," which he outlines in great detail in this bold and thought-provoking book. His updated contract, which comes a decade after the original Republican Contract with America that marked the high point of Gingrich's national power, calls for a dramatically simplified tax code that favors savings and investment; government investment in science and technology, particularly regarding space, energy, and the environment; transforming Social Security into personal savings accounts; overhauling the civil justice system to reduce the burden of lawsuits; and updating the federal government, including the privatization of some functions, so that it moves at the speed and effectiveness of the information age. And that's just the beginning. He also calls for tripling the size of America's intelligence community, reforming its election system, developing a more intelligent health care system that creates jobs and increases quality of life, and balancing the federal budget.

Gingrich believes that this ambitious agenda can be accomplished, but only if it receives grassroots support. The entrenched political system, with its lobbyists, bloated bureaucracies, and the complicity of the media, is too self-serving to fix itself, he stresses. Concise and clearly presented, Winning the Future is long on specifics and short on rhetoric, and it succeeds as a springboard for political discourse. Gingrich's aim is clearly to inspire citizens to take responsibility for the county's direction by demanding more of their government and their leaders. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The conservative Republican maverick opens his latest work with a "traditional American values" self-test; readers who score well may be energized by this assertive broadside against all that ails the body politic. As Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1994-1998), Gingrich was the prime mover and shaker behind the 1994 Contract with America that ushered in GOP dominance in Congress. Here, he identifies a quintet of foreign and domestic threats and serves up a new blueprint to help defeat them. On the international front, he says, "irreconcilable" Islamic terrorists and rogue dictatorships are eager to secure and use WMD, while China and India endanger our economic might. At home, the "liberal elite minority is winning" and the "conservative majority" is losing, resulting in godlessness in the public arena, the erosion of patriotism and out-of-control benefit programs that will "collapse the system." To preserve "the core values of the American people," Gingrich supports a number of fixes, including adapting Cold War strategies to the war on terror, recasting education and immigration in patriotic guises and forging ahead with private investment and health savings accounts. Interspersed with these well-worn arguments are notions about God, country and public life that are long on invective and short on detail. Will legislating the centrality of "our Creator" in defining American rights improve jurisprudence? Will establishing a federal and state "program office in patriotic education" cure under-performing school systems? Gingrich never manages to link his ambitious project to a cogent critique of the left, resorting instead to predictable jabs at the usual suspects: liberal journalists and academics, Bill Clinton and the Democrats, France and the United Nations. Combine this volatile mélange of ideas with chapter-ending plugs for his Web site, mass distribution plans for "The Contract" and "A Walking Tour of God in Washington, D.C.," and some readers might be forgiven for suspecting that Gingrich wants to win something more tangible than the future.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596980079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596980075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Cadwallader on January 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a concise, pointed, and descriptive analysis of the election issues likely to dominate the next few national electoral cycles. More impressively, it's written by an Amazon junkie (check out his profile!) likely to be directly involved at the highest levels in exactly the campaigns to address those issues. While a few have written for publication as they campaigned (Churchill)it took forty years to publish Reagan, and only now is the development of his political philosophy getting broad attention.

If for no other reason, this is a must read for simple civic awareness, and knowledge for the informed voter. See also his prior book on health care, and try to find another candidate this far ahead in addressing these issues.
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Gingrich for President? If the article I recently read is any indication, we may see those three words on a bumper sticker at some point in the next three years. I don't remember the source for the article, probably something dredged up by my local paper from the New York Times, but the report indicated that this former Speaker of the House and one of the few sources of illumination during the dark years of the Clinton regime may well toss his hat into the presidential race in 2008. He is eminently qualified to hold the highest office in the land if his record is any indication. Newt Gingrich's Contract with America proved highly popular with a majority of the voting public. His ability to temper some of the more extremist positions advocated by the evil hordes in the White House during the '90s also helped him gain name recognition and support. Certainly, his Washington network will assist him if he chooses to run for the White House. He's even extended a hand in recent months to former nemesis Hillary "Red Hilly" Clinton over the issue of health care reform. "Winning the Future" might well be his opening salvo in the future race.

Gingrich's 1994 Contract with America sought to apply a leash to an out of control Congress, discourage illegitimacy, balance the federal budget, crack down on crime, keep U.S. troops away from U.N. military commanders, end the welfare dole, and a bunch of other stuff you can find in an appendix at the end of this book. For the most part, Gingrich and his republican colleagues succeeded in fulfilling the contract. Now Newt is articulating a new Contract with America, a 21st Century contract if you will, that identifies a host of pressing new issues that he feels our country must deal with if it is to survive.
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This book was an interesting read. It gave a lot of information about different political issues of the day. It talks about how our government has failed to evolve with the times in the way it gathers, processes and disseminates information. He also explains how this flaw keeps our government from doing what's best for us the American public. As can be expected this book is written from a conservative view point, and many of the proposed solutions would never be accepted by those who are inclined to be more liberal or extremely conservative. This book will have something to offer those that are moderate to slightly conservative. Most of these proposals are rather ambitious and will most likely never come to fruition because it would require those in power to relinquish some of that power. Considering the current state of American politics I can't foresee that ever happening. This book gives some background and offers solutions. It is good for generating a political discussion and framing it around proposed solutions instead of the constant blame game that dominates the headlines and other books. While some of his solutions will require complete overhauls of many governmental programs it should spark thought about changing them instead of simply tweaking them, as has been our government's policy for quite some time now. I believe entering the arena of political ideas and sparking debate is truly what Mr. Gingrich intended with this book and I believe it will do that for everyone who reads it. It is a quick read but gave me plenty to read about and discuss with friends and relatives that are interested in politics. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in American Politics and how our government works and ask them to at least consider what he proposes and work from there.
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Newt Gingrich has again greatly contributed to the political discourse that continues to grip the nation. In an era which can now be called `Red state versus Blue state', Gingrich writes a concise manifesto (that thankfully doesn't fall into an academic polemic) which tackles issues at the forefront of our nation today: terrorism (probably his most formidable section), health, Social Security, education, immigration, and the cultural values debate. As is Gingrich's style, it's hard to box him into one category labeled "conservative" or "liberal"; rather, it seems his political philosophy is expressed as "America first." His belief in open legal immigration, for example, might go against some people's expectations of him, but we see that in pushing for what he calls a "patriotic immigration", Gingrich wishes for an America that still welcomes all, but at the same time still teaches newly arrived peoples American values.

This book is not without controversy; the section on activist judges and the centrality of God in defining America are sure to ruffle more than a few feathers. Then again, the Newt Gingrich we know is not one to ever shy away from expressing honest opinions and beliefs, so his ability to speak politically without necessarily being political (diplomatic) is commendable.

Winning The Future is an extremely important blueprint for either the Republicans and/or Democrats. There's no reason to think that Gingrich's book is for Republicans only. For any party, for any politician, and for any citizen, the opportunities presented here to help steer - and change - the course of American civilization are bountiful. Let's hope in the near future at least some of Gingrich's ideas presented in this book are implemented for the benefit of the American people. There are too few politicians of Newt Gingrich's caliber to think and address important issues as expressed in Winning The Future. His leadership and ideas are needed more than ever.
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