The Plan: Big Ideas for America [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Plan offers a bold vision of what America can be. It shows the way for both parties to move beyond the old political arguments and make progress for the American people. And it offers an innovative agenda for America ? with ideas that address the nation's most pressing challenges by doing more for Americans and asking Americans to do more for their country in return. Each of these ideas offers a clean break with the status quo, yet all are positive, practical, and can be put into action right away. Built on ...
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Overview

The Plan offers a bold vision of what America can be. It shows the way for both parties to move beyond the old political arguments and make progress for the American people. And it offers an innovative agenda for America – with ideas that address the nation's most pressing challenges by doing more for Americans and asking Americans to do more for their country in return. Each of these ideas offers a clean break with the status quo, yet all are positive, practical, and can be put into action right away. Built on the authors' firm beliefs that politicians owe the people real answers, that citizenship is a responsibility, not an entitlement program, and that the Democratic Party succeeds when America succeeds, the highly anticipated Plan delivers, challenges, and inspires.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Washington, write Emanuel and Reed, is divided between Hacks andWonks. Wonks focus on policy; Hacks want to win. What the country, and especially the Democratic Party, now need, they claim, is a synthesis of both: people with good policy ideas who know how to win elections. This insight does not exactly dazzle with its originality, nor will readers be surprised that the authors modestly suggest that this wondrous synthesis is precisely what they themselves embody — but let all that pass. The book's real importance is as a guide to the thinking of two bright, centrist Democrats whose views will be carefully reviewed as the party prepares for 2008. The most important big idea in the book is that Democrats should stop defending the New Deal and instead concentrate on recasting it for a more mobile society. Portable pensions and health care are two of the cornerstones of this vision. Less hopeful is an idea that the authors appear to set great store by: a compulsory period of three months of national service and training for all Americans under 25. Wonks will observe that the time is too short to teach anything useful and that while the cost would be high, the real benefits would be few. Hacks will wonder whether even a short-term, nonmilitary draft is really the proposal best calculated to build widespread support among younger voters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586485368
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 3/31/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,150,282
  • File size: 351 KB

Meet the Author

Rahm Emanuel is the Mayor of Chicago. He was previously chief of staff to President Barack Obama, and a three-term congressman from the 5th District of Illinois.

Bruce Reed is president of the Broad Foundation. He was formerly chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, and former CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Both Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed served as top aides in Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 campaigns and held top policy jobs in the White House.

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The trouble with politics today is that both parties are more consumed with solving their own political problems than with solving the country's real ones. The Republican playbook for the post 9/11 world is to make Americans fear Democrats and terrorists as twin threats to the nation's security. In their own way, many Democrats have bought into Karl Rove's logic that the great challenge of our time is not reality, but politics. Instead of looking for answers to the country's problems, we hired consultants to look for slogans. We cursed Rove for wrecking the country, then longed for handlers who could keep up with his playbook. On both sides of the aisle, the political debate sank to a new low: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask focus groups what they want you to do for them.

Republicans find themselves trapped in the limbo of Bush's "compassionate conservatism," unsure at any given moment whether government should expand or contract. Democrats are the party of second opinions, wandering from one pathologist to the next. Consultants tell Democrats to talk more about God; bloggers tell them to talk trash about Bush; self-help books urge them to use their words, rediscover their values, and stand and fight for what they used to believe in.

We've spent much of our careers telling Democrats how to win. But in our view, that is the right answer to the wrong question. The politics of the Bush era, on both sides of the aisle, is based on a mistaken premise. America is not a partisan prize or a political project. Without a map to the challenges of the new era, all political roads lead to ruin.

The Plan is a draft of the new conditions, new requirements, and new terms that this new era will demand. We offer Americans a new bargain: more of the opportunity and security we remember, in return for more responsibilities that for too long we forgot. This new bargain includes a whole new approach to education, a radically different kind of tax code, a new stake in the economy and a dynamic new set of opportunities and guarantees, and a new set of individual, civic, and public responsibilities.

To secure this new bargain, we will need a new politics. A public debate that continues to duck the nation's hardest questions is just wasting time America no longer has. We invite Republicans and Democrats alike to steal our formula: There is nothing wrong with America--or either party--that can't be set right by finding the courage and ideas to solve our country's greatest problems.

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