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The challenges on the domestic front are formidable: assuring fair but affordable access to health care, shoring up retirement income for an aging population, encouraging long-term economic growth, easing the growing pains of an increasingly diverse society, and reconciling energy policies with environmental concerns.
In international affairs the central task is to use America’s unprecedented power wisely and to protect a homeland that has been revealed as surprisingly vulnerable. Yet efforts must also focus on improving the economic fortunes of poorer countries, expanding trade, and reforming the rules that regulate the flows of capital across national borders.
Is the United States government capable of rising to these vast and varied challenges? The concluding chapters of this book offer cautious optimism. While it is often criticized, the American political system is fundamentally resilient and flexible.
Ambitious in scope, Agenda for the Nation provides thoughtful, constructive answers to questions of how the U.S. government can effectively serve its citizens and meet its global responsibilities in a world of opportunity and uncertainty.
|1||An Agenda for the Nation||1|
|2||Sustaining U.S. Economic Growth||17|
|3||American Inequality and Its Consequences||61|
|4||Budget Blues: The Fiscal Outlook and Options for Reform||109|
|5||Health and Medical Care||145|
|6||Private Pensions: Issues and Options||183|
|7||Changing Faces: Immigrants and Diversity in the Twenty-First Century||217|
|8||Energy and Environmental Policy||261|
|9||Power and Cooperation: An American Foreign Policy for the Age of Global Politics||287|
|10||A Global Economic Agenda for the United States||329|
|11||Military Policy: Getting the Best Bang for the Bucks||373|
|12||The New Terrorism||403|
|13||Rights, Liberties, and Security||431|
|14||Can the Government Be Serious?||485|
|15||Reflections on the Political Context||527|