U. S. Government

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Table of Contents


Foreword     7
Introduction     9
What Is the Current State of Government?
Americans Are Cynical About Government   Robert B. Reich     14
U.S. Leaders Can Revive Trust in Government   Nick Gillespie     19
Religious Expression Undermines Public Debate   Ray Suarez     24
Religious Expression Is Essential to Public Debate   Newt Gingrich     31
Government Bureaucracy Is Not Effective   Joe D. Jones     38
Government Bureaucracy Can Be Effective   Jacob S. Hacker     43
Lobbyists Have Too Much Power   John Dickerson     49
Lobbyists Are Valuable and Necessary   Mark A. Hofmann     54
Are Governmental Powers Properly Balanced?
Courts Should Not Have the Power of Judicial Review   Jeremy Waldron     60
Courts Should Have the Power of Judicial Review   Scott Gerber     68
The Executive Power Should Be Reduced   Al Gore     74
The Executive Power Should Not Be Reduced   David B. Rivkin Jr.     81
Mayors Should Have More Power   Richard C. Schragger     89
How Should Government Function in the Future?
Government Can Help the People   Thom Hartmann     95
Government Is Not Suited to Help the People   Bob Burg     101
Religion Should Influence Political Decisions   Chris Kellerman     108
Religion Should Not Influence Political Decisions   Sam Harris     114
Facts About the U.S. Government     120
Glossary     123
Organizations to Contact     125
For Further Reading     129
Index     135
Picture Credits     141
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