Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans

Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans

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by Mitch Daniels
     
 

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"America's best governor" (Ross Douthat, The New York Times) offers a plan for limited but effective government, before it's too late.

Governments at every level keep getting bigger yet less effective while the freedoms of individuals continue to be diminished. In the meantime, our public schools have produced an underprepared workforce, mostly

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"America's best governor" (Ross Douthat, The New York Times) offers a plan for limited but effective government, before it's too late.

Governments at every level keep getting bigger yet less effective while the freedoms of individuals continue to be diminished. In the meantime, our public schools have produced an underprepared workforce, mostly ignorant of the rights and responsibilities of free citizens.

This is exactly what the Founding Fathers feared: politicians who would give voters unsustainable benefits at the expense of society's long-term health. But according to Mitch Daniels, the acclaimed governor of Indiana, it's not too late to reverse America's decline. Daniels offers the way out of America's toughest problems, from stubbornly high unemployment to the terrifyingly huge federal debt. As he writes, "I devoutly believe there is a way to reconstruct both our economy and an ethic of citizenship that will preserve both prosperity and liberty."

Daniels has practiced what he preaches. Before he became governor, Indiana hadn't balanced its budget in seven years and faced a $600 million deficit. It now boasts the fewest state employees per capita in the nation, but service levels have improved across the board, including at its Bureau of Motor Vehicles, heralded as the best in the country.

Daniels avoids the partisan insults that too often divide Americans into warring camps. He stresses the common threats we all face and offers a path to real change-change that believes in the power of individuals to do more for themselves while government focuses on the essential tasks that only it can do.

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Editorial Reviews

Speaker of the House John Boehner

"Governor Daniels has emerged as one of our nation''s leading voices for reform and common sense in government."

-Speaker of the House John Boehner

"Governor Daniels has emerged as one of our nation's leading voices for reform and common sense in government."

-David S. Broder

"The onetime Reagan White House political director and Bush White House budget chief is not your run-of-the-mill intellectual. His style is to be down- home, but his record of accomplishment is dazzling."

-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

"He's one of the brightest governors in America."

-Joe Klein

"[Daniels is] the rare politician telling it like it is...I would pay cash money to watch him debate Obama on these issues, and I suspect the Republic would be much the better for it."

-Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

"Mitch is the only one who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals...He would be the anti-Obama.

-Steven Pearlstein

"A principled but practical conservative who respects the intelligence of voters and would rather get something done than score political points."

-The Economist

"He does not tweet...But he is good at one thing in particular: governing."

Kirkus Reviews
Indiana's governor delivers his vision for saving America. Gov. Daniels, a darling of the Republican Party, proves his stripes as a faithful conservative by setting forth a small-government, pro-business agenda to address the country's current economic woes. While the author touches briefly on an array of hot-button political issues (health care, national security, foreign policy), "[t]he enemy is real and imminent. It is the debt we have accumulated." Rather than wage a full-scale rhetorical assault on the Obama administration, Daniels prefers the nuanced sneak attack, painting the president as an anti–private-sector politician with an "extreme agenda of expanding federal domination over the private economy." Instead of relying on the federal government, Daniels tells Americans they should remain invested in their own futures. On a smaller scale, the governor also takes issue with the nation's educational curricula--in particular, the high-school civics classroom. "It would be bad enough if today's students were merely left unaware of the greatness and superiority of the free institutions American has brought to the world," he writes. "In reality, they are more often taught the converse: that we are a deeply flawed nation." Yet for the remainder of the book Daniels picks at these very flaws, ostensibly in the hopes of seeking practical solutions. Perhaps the author's most important contribution stems not from policymaking, but political philosophy. Fully cognizant of the dire economic problems with which the country is faced, Daniels calls upon politicians to seek a temporary truce on social issues until overcoming the financial hurdles. "If America goes broke," he writes, "suffering will come to gays and straights, men and women, pro-life and pro-choice advocates, and to people of all races"--a politic answer that leaves him poised for a future run at higher office. A carefully argued political treatise, but one of many similar books during these contentious political times.
From the Publisher
"Governor Daniels has emerged as one of our nation's leading voices for reform and common sense in government." — Speaker of the House John Boehner

"The onetime Reagan White House political director and Bush White House budget chief is not your run-of-the-mill intellectual. His style is to be down- home, but his record of accomplishment is dazzling."

— David S. Broder, The Washington Post

"He's one of the brightest governors in America."

— New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

"[Daniels is] the rare politician telling it like it is...I would pay cash money to watch him debate Obama on these issues, and I suspect the Republic would be much the better for it."

— Joe Klein, Time

"Mitch is the only one who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals...He would be the anti-Obama.

— Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

"A principled but practical conservative who respects the intelligence of voters and would rather get something done than score political points."

— Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post

"He does not tweet...But he is good at one thing in particular: governing."

— The Economist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595230805
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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