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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Overview

"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.

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

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

Meet the Author

Mitch Daniels was elected Governor of Indiana in 2004 and re- elected in 2008. He was previously the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (a cabinet-level position) under President George W. Bush and a senior aide to President Ronald Reagan. He also spent many years in the private sector as a senior executive at Eli Lilly and Company and the CEO of one of the nation's most influential research centers, the Hudson Institute. He and his wife Cheri have four daughters and live in Indianapolis.

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Keeping the Republic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"keeping the republic strong" is very hard to put down. this is a very fasinating book governor mitch danials shares in his memoir how he was able to take hold of his states 700 million dollor deficit and using sound bussiness principles and money matters was able to not only bring this under control but was also able to bring his state a very nice surplus. this lawmaker also shares how he grew up with hard work and how it made a great impact on his life and how he finds our national debt to be out of control and if we use some of the conservative bussiness principles that he used in his state the debt can be controled. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
beryl33 More than 1 year ago
Because Gov. Daniels declined to run for President, I had hoped his book would be the work of a statesman and technocrat. I was disappointed that it seemed so much a campaign book, perhaps half partisan, one-fourth statesman, one-fourth technocrat. The book's major theme is the urgency of dealing responsibly with our growing national debt, and that limited government is key to keeping our republic (a reference to a Benjamin Franklin quotation). Citizens need to be empowered and trusted to take personal responsibility. Those parts of the book are somewhat enlightening and encouraging. But the satirical jabs about a supposedly paternalistic, elitist left grow wearisome. (I read somewhere that Daniels stated since publication that he didn't intend to come across that way.) A more serious weakness is that his selectivity with facts in presenting his case compromises its credibility. For example, there was little or no explanation of how his role in the latter Bush Administration's fiscal policies--including gimmicks like keeping war spending off-budget through annual emergency appropriations requests--contributed to the fiscal crisis we face today. Nevertheless, unlike most politicians these days, Daniels proposes serious and realistic policies to deal with our urgent fiscal crisis, and he's not rigid about the details. His book is worth reading and taking seriously. Let citizens awake, and statesmen unite.
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JakeME More than 1 year ago
What Gov. Daniels accomplished should be a blueprint for virtually everyone running for office. Most importantly, his overriding concern for the citizens of his State and willingness to take on the entrenched bureaucracies and obstacles to do the right thing in spite of the potential political consequences to himself shows how different a politician he actually is. How he adddressed the staff of his States Dept of Environmental Protection is inspirational, and reason enough to buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a wonderful book written by a wonderful man. I came away greatly impressed by his honesty and simplicity.
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gdurnil More than 1 year ago
A great outline of the way things could be at the national level with the right leadership.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Persuasive. Concise.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't catch me reading this book. I am a Hoosier and this person has done NOTHING for us. What I read in the preview is lies, lies and more lies. Now, I will admit he has done a LOT for Indiana, but not anything that is good. Too many people on the streets here, homeless, jobless... need I say more? I recommend if you MUST read this book get it from the library, because no funds should be going to this crook. I rest my case.