Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

by Bill Clinton

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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy to get us "back in the future business.” He explains how we got into the current economic crisis, and offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, saying that changing the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy while enhancing our national security.

Clinton also stresses that we need a strong private sector and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress, demonstrating that whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame government for all our problems, we’ve lost our ability to produce sustained economic growth and shared prosperity.

Clinton writes, “There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy,” based on “a philosophy grounded in ‘you’re on your own’ rather than ‘we’re all in this together.’ ” He believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be good politics but has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with not enough jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and “Americans need victories in real life.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307959751
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 749,168
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, 42nd President of the United States, is founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Hope, Arkansas

Education:

Georgetown University; Oxford University; Yale University

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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
of course this was a great read. thanks, bill!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill Clinton gives me hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Understand the reality of it! Former President Clinton has nothing to gain or lose by writing these books or speaking to the public. His only agenda is to inform the public to the truth and how much goes on unappreciated, good and bad. His speeches make so much sense that I needed to buy this book to get a better feel for the most important office held in the USA. We need to stop the blame game and the ugly critisism and judgement. Clinton shows carefully why we are in the state we are in and the President is only trying to fix it the best he can and anyone else in office will be trying just as hard, as did all of the other presidents. The world is in a condition that took many generations to create and it is going to take a lot more time to get back to a good place. The presidents¿ hands are tied more often than we know and situations are fraught with danger no matter which decision is made. The presidential position is not one to be envied or mistreated. There should be the utmost respect for the highest office held, not ridicule. READ THIS and do yourself a favor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clearly if you don't like Bill Clintin, you won't want to read about what he has to say. I don' t think the negative reviewers would even buy the book with an open mind. The book has good ideas and workable solutions. It is well written and easy to understand. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual President Clinton is on the mark. He was an excellent president and continues to understand the US politics. Mr. Clinton writes likes he speak, clear and informative. As I read the book I kept on saying over and over again, yes, yes, yes to his thoughts and ideas. The man still has it and will always have it. all of America should be reading this book. Especially the Tea Party who don't have a clue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss Bill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read. More for strategic direction than precise policy design
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
Regardless of what you may think of Clinton personally his insights on industry, politics, the economy and finance are hopeful, intelligent and worth a chance in today's struggling world. He, of coarse, does what you may expect-extolls the successes of his terms and what his wife has done. He explains through tables and charts where we were and what lead us to the great downturn of 2008. He offers plausible ways to get the U.S. back to where it needs to be but it will take work. He has demonstrated through his own foundation that he is committed to something more than himself and continues to be an ambassador of hope and optimism.
Crombered More than 1 year ago
Very good read. We need another Clinton in the white house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's definitely brings up some good ideas- specifically cost-effective on increasing energy efficiency- but unfortunately he does not acknowledge some obvious counterarguments several points he makes. Much of the first half of the book is Mr. Clinton patting himself on the back and he regularly oversimplifies conservative alternative to his point of view. With that said, he is an intelligent man and offers some strong ideas on what the role of the government should be in relation to the economy.
caitlin-88 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for those who want to fully understand what led to our serious economic downturn in 2007. Of course, this book is quite partisan--it is written by one of the foremost members of the Democratic party--however, this book gives credit where credit is due, even to members of the GOP. Clinton has some interesting ideas for our future, albeit many, many ideas, and I think they are all worth consideration. It's a fairly quick, easy read, and well worth the couple of days it will take to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many great ideas. Too bad none of it will happen due to republican congress
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a practical solution to our nation's unemployment problem.
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