The Sixteen-Trillion-Dollar Mistake: How the U.S. Bungled Its National Priorities from the New Deal to the Present

The Sixteen-Trillion-Dollar Mistake: How the U.S. Bungled Its National Priorities from the New Deal to the Present

by Bruce S. Jansson
     
 

ISBN-10: 023111432X

ISBN-13: 9780231114325

Pub. Date: 02/15/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Choices about budget priorities are arguably the most important made by the federal government, profoundly affecting the well-being of citizens. Bruce Jansson documents how presidents from FDR to Clinton have made ill-advised choices that wasted trillions of dollars. Going beyond charges of corruption or bureaucratic waste, the book is an eye-opening exposé

Overview

Choices about budget priorities are arguably the most important made by the federal government, profoundly affecting the well-being of citizens. Bruce Jansson documents how presidents from FDR to Clinton have made ill-advised choices that wasted trillions of dollars. Going beyond charges of corruption or bureaucratic waste, the book is an eye-opening exposé revealing innumerable useless projects (military as well as civilian), unnecessary tax concessions, and the use of interest payments to cover deficit spending, among other costly mistakes. Using Office of Management and Budget projections through 2004, Jansson shows how the madness continues—and how an informed electorate can put an end to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114325
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2001
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.35(d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface1. Failed National Priorities from FDR to Clinton2. Roosevelt as Magician3. Roosevelt's Dilemma4. The Conservatives' Revenge5. Truman's Nightmare6. Truman's Bombshells7. Eisenhower's Ambivalence and Kennedy's Obsession8. Johnson's Policy Gluttony9. Nixon's Megalomania10. Reagan's Fantasies11. Reagan's Gordian Knot12. Bush's Myopia13. Clinton as Backpedaler and Counterpuncher14. Clinton Boxes with Reagan's Shadow15. On the Magnitude of Failed National PrioritiesNotesCollections, Oral Histories, InterviewsBibliographyIndex

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