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Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders Paperback – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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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 ERIC CANTOR (Virginia) is the Republican Whip who holds a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and serves as chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He chairs the House Economic Recovery Working Group, which developed the Republican alternative to the president’s stimulus package and crafted a range of solutions to get families and small-business people back to work.
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 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.
If you are concerned about the rising tide of government spending, the expanding role of government in our daily lives, and the inevitability of major tax increases unless there is a course change, the ideas offered in this book should be appealing.
There are multiple instances throughout the book where all three authors used similar self-critical phrasing: "we lost our way" or "we lost our focus" and "we cared more about getting re-elected than the issues." This auto-critique is both welcome and healthy to the important discussion concerning the problems in Washington. We the people have had enough of the malfeasance and corrupt behavior in DC and it's refreshing to hear these three young men owning up (if at the least acknowledgment)to the misconduct of the political elite-a-crats in Washington.
As you read through 'Young Guns' you will see that Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy make several statements like: "To earn back the voters' trust we would have to do more than just oppose the policies of the Democratic majority. We had to offer creative and effective solutions of our own." With one example being Ryan's "Roadmap For America" they have done just that.
It is refreshing that the party in shambles a couple of short years ago has appeared to (at least attempted) to own up to it's bad behavior and shear stupidity that helped get them into the minority. Afterall, wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from mistakes. And mistakes come from bad judgement. These three young Republican leaders display to this reader that they have learned from their experience. Their humble expressions and reflections in this book prove that they have learned some great lessons these past few tumultuous years. It is in my opinion these 'Young Guns' be given a chance. If their actions prove to be fraudulent like those of Obama, Pelosi and Reid, then we the people will again rise up and take action. However, I don't think this 'action' will be called for. That is... if these three young men demonsrate that they are men of good sense like that which is expressed in this book. It is my conclusion that they certainly have the capacity to do just that. Read the book.
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