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Neoconomy: George Bush's Revolutionary Gamble with America's Future
     

Neoconomy: George Bush's Revolutionary Gamble with America's Future

by Daniel Altman
 

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The neoconomy: a place without taxes, without a social safety net, where rich and poor live in different financial worlds — and it's coming to America.

The first glimpses of the neoconomy appeared during the Reagan administration, but were soon clouded by a legacy of sky-high budget deficits. George H. W. Bush couldn't afford the neoconomy. In the

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The neoconomy: a place without taxes, without a social safety net, where rich and poor live in different financial worlds — and it's coming to America.

The first glimpses of the neoconomy appeared during the Reagan administration, but were soon clouded by a legacy of sky-high budget deficits. George H. W. Bush couldn't afford the neoconomy. In the Clinton years,its prospects all but disappeared in a flurry of economic fine-tuning that delivered record-setting budget surpluses and rock-bottom unemployment rates. But just when you might have counted it out, the neoconomy found a savior. George W.Bush was a businessman who understood the neoconomy almost instinctively, and had the will and boldness to make it a reality.

In Neoconomy Daniel Altman explains the intellectual roots of the Bush administration's economic policy; and why Bush has been so intent on implementing it despite the dashed expectations, terror and financial scandals that have buffeted the economy. He shows why the neoconomists remain committed to their vision even though it has contributed to the biggest budget deficit in history, at the end of the nation's fastest-ever swing into the red. The neconomists are seeking to transform the American economy; but inadvertently or not, they are also transforming American society. The revolution is finally coming,and it's coming from above.

Editorial Reviews

Tom Gallagher
Those who like their politics a la Michael Moore or Rush Limbaugh will not get their dose of vitriol from this book. Altman bases his arguments on merits, not motives. He accepts the neoconomists' goal of increasing the growth rate of the economy by stimulating saving and applies basic economic analysis to their arguments … Altman writes for non-economists, so he avoids jargon that makes economic policy debates inaccessible to many voters.
— The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586483517
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
07/06/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Altman is an economics columnist for the International Herald-Tribune, The New York Times, and Business 2.0 magazine. He received his doctorate at Harvard, where he taught undergraduates for three years. He now lives in New York.

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