The Freedom Revolution: The New Republican House Majority Leader Tells Why Big Government Failed, Why Freedom Works, and How We Will Rebuild America

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Majority Leader Dick Armey explains the collapse of the Left and offers a prescription for the future of Republican leadership.
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Majority Leader Dick Armey explains the collapse of the Left and offers a prescription for the future of Republican leadership.
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Each of these three books presents a blueprint to achieve the goals of the current political mood-making government smaller and more accountable. Their argument is basically the same: the smaller the government, the closer it is to the people and therefore the better it is. They also tout many of the same ideas: a flat income tax, welfare reform, school choice, deregulation, and privatization. Each book, however, has its own characteristics. House Majority Leader Armey (R-Texas), one of the authors of the Republican Party's "Contract with America," argues that the 1994 election, which gave Republicans control of Congress for the first time since the 1940s, was a mandate to put the provisos of the contract into place. Armey also gives details of his own life and political ideology and spells out his proposals for a flat income tax and other initiatives. Since the Contract with America will continue to be debated by Congress, this is an important work for anyone interested in the current political climate. Eggers and O'Leary, members of the Reason Foundation, discuss initiatives taken by local and state governments to privatize and streamline bureaucracies. They provide excellent case studies of these mechanisms and present a compelling argument that, given the right personnel, government services can be improved and savings achieved. Their book is important because it provides clues as to how some local and state governments will handle the block grants currently under discussion in Washington. Pinkerton, a former aide in the Bush administration, presents a rather extreme view of the changes he claims need to be made. He believes that the current political and economic course will result in the desolate worlds described by "cyberpunks" in science fiction literature. Because government provides such shoddy service, those who can afford it will pay to have a sort of secondary government-private security guards, tutors for education, and the like-while the poor and disassociated will have access to little or no quality services. Thus, he claims, a new paradigm is needed, and he espouses many of the same ideas as Armey. His premise is somewhat questionable, but he gives a decent history of how we got where we are and delineates many of the ideas currently being debated. Pinkerton's book is recommended for academic collections, while The Freedom Revolution and Revolution at the Roots are recommended for all collections.-Patricia Hatch, Emmanuel Coll., Boston. Ma.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780895264695
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/13/1995
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Armey
Dick Armey

Dick Armey served in the House of Representatives for eighteen years, becoming Majority Leader in 1994. That year he was the main author of the Contract with America, which helped Republicans take control of the House for the first time in forty years. Today, he serves as chairman of FreedomWorks and leads the same political revolution at the grassroots level.

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    how big goverment fails and how the people can win

    "the freedom revolution" is a very hard to put down bestseller by congressman dick armey. in this wonderful blue print this great lawmaker outlines how the american people can get back to strengthening there nation and getting back on the path were it should be. in this book issues like thge flat tax are documented and the contract with america are discussed and resserced and the high cost of goverment and how it has goten out of control along with health care. this is a fasinating look at how the voters should take charge of there taxes. greaat gift idea for a friend or family member.

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