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Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders Paperback – September 14, 2010
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About the Author
CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (Wisconsin) is a sixth-term congressman, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY (California), a two-term congressman and House Chief Deputy Republican Whip, was named one of the GOP’s “most persuasive, compelling members” by Newsweek. He is charged with recruiting fresh-thinking Republican candidates for upcoming elections and leads the Republican legislative effort to put forth a new governing agenda.
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The foreword by the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes calls Mr. Ryan "the most influential Republican thinker in Congress." Mr. Barnes predicts that Mr. Cantor "will be speaker or majority leader the next time Republicans control the House," while Mr. Ryan "will be in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee."
The book proceeds to a "roundtable discussion" among the three authors, with Mr. Ryan charging that the Democrats have a "hardcore-left agenda," of wanting "to transform this country into a cradle-to-grave European social welfare state and change the idea of America forever."
The authors, who, after the initial roundtable, handle the rest of the book in three separate chunks each attributed to a single author, are not afraid to criticize their fellow Republicans. "We've seen Republicans who claim to believe in limited government spend the taxpayers' money like teenagers with their parents' credit card," Mr. Cantor writes. Republicans, he writes, "became what they had campaigned against: arrogant and out of touch."
At times, though, they blame Democrats when the fault belongs to both parties. Mr. Cantor writes, "Then the Democrats got into the auto business. Instead of allowing its union cronies and corporate CEOs to be held accountable for their poor decisions, they made the taxpayers accountable by buying Chrysler and General Motors.Read more ›
1. Lost vice presidential campaign
2. Lost re-election
3. Dropped out of speaker race
4. Books remaindered to landfill
The book is in fact, well written, short, punchy, quick to read, and it exposes the ideas of this new brand of Republican leadership: young, committed, charismatic and devoted to the principles of economic freedom, limited government and the protection of family values. The three constitute the perfect team: as described by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, who first `discovered' them and introduced to the public at large in early 2007, one is the leader, Eric Cantor, one is the thinker, Paul Ryan, and one is the strategist, Kevin McCarthy. Of the three Cantor has been so far the most prominent one, being the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, but this year has seen the rise of Paul Ryan and his agenda to reduce the long term indebtedness of America and solve the entitlement crisis.
Cantor's section of the book is the most comprehensive of the three: it is wide-ranging and touches on most aspects of policy, including foreign policy - though very briefly.Read more ›
The forward by Fred Barnes characterizes the authors as follows: "Cantor the leader, Ryan the thinker, and McCarthy the strategist." The labels are imperfect, e.g., aren't Ryan and McCarthy leaders too, but they seem reasonably apt.
* As Republican Whip in the House, Cantor has risen the highest in the GOP hierarchy at this point, hence the leader label. If his party retakes the House, he is probably in line to be Majority Leader.
* As author of "A Roadmap for America's Future," Ryan has shown himself a thinker for sure. Other members of the party have lauded Ryan's willingness to propose specific steps to address the nation's ruinous fiscal problem, albeit hesitating to endorse his proposals.
* McCarthy travelled all over the country in the 2006 election, while running for Congress (in Kern County, California) for the first time, to see how other Republican candidates were doing - which certainly sounds like strategic thinking.
These "young guns" acknowledge that the Republican Party made many mistakes when last in power, and must convince the public that it has learned from the experience. Political leaders should listen to what people want, not think they know better. Real solutions must be offered to real problems. The government cannot continue to spend more than people are willing to pay in taxes. And in the battle that is raging, as to whether the United States should remain dedicated to equal opportunity versus opting for equal outcomes, this trio and their allies will stand for opportunity.Read more ›
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"Middle Aged Traitors: How Three Dirt Bags Betrayed the Voters and their Country" would've been a more fitting title.Published 12 months ago by Jaffy Rider
Ryan was honestly the guy for the job in 2012, but he's had his taste of national politics. He is a sensible House member.Published 22 months ago by divineproportion
Very good read! Always interested in trying to gain insight on how the government is working or better yet! Should work!Published on November 13, 2013 by R. C. LASICH
OK, so why are Ryan, McCarthy, & Cantor calling themselves "Young Guns" when they are all either over or pushing 50? Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by catbyte
I just finished reading this book. It was a great book filled with information. I am not one that usually enjoys reading books that deal with politics. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Charlene Stalder
I am conservative so I thought it was great. I have given it to liberal friends and they liked it.Published on September 26, 2012 by James E. Cox
A great discussion about the inner workings in Washington. A concise history of recent events. Paul Ryan, the VP Candidate, explains clearly his stand on the issues. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by conway
I wish I could say something good about this book, but unfortunately, there is nothing I can add to the title of this thread. Maybe the worst book ever written. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Always Right
This was a quick read with lots of information and insight into what goes on in Washington. Unfortunatly. Also makes me feel good about the future of the Republican Party.Published on September 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer