Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America

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Regnery Publishing, Dec 1, 2004 - Political Science - 243 pages
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According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, America currently faces five threats that could undermine, if not eliminate, the United States if immediate steps are not taken to correct them. The threats as he sees them are Islamic terrorists and rogue dictatorships armed with nuclear or biological weapons; the removal of God from American public life; a loss of patriotism and sense of America's history; a decline in economic supremacy because of poor science and math education; and the increasing budgetary burden of Social Security and Medicare. To tackle these problems, Gingrich offers his "21st Century Contract with America," which he outlines in great detail in this bold and thought-provoking book. His updated contract, which comes a decade after the original Republican Contract with America that marked the high point of Gingrich's national power, calls for a dramatically simplified tax code that favors savings and investment; government investment in science and technology, particularly regarding space, energy, and the environment; transforming Social Security into personal savings accounts; overhauling the civil justice system to reduce the burden of lawsuits; and updating the federal government, including the privatization of some functions, so that it moves at the speed and effectiveness of the information age. And that's just the beginning. He also calls for tripling the size of America's intelligence community, reforming its election system, developing a more intelligent health care system that creates jobs and increases quality of life, and balancing the federal budget.
Gingrich believes that this ambitious agenda can be accomplished, but only if it receives grassroots support. The entrenched political system, with its lobbyists, bloated bureaucracies, and the complicity of the media, is too self-serving to fix itself, he stresses. Concise and clearly presented, Winning the Future is long on specifics and short on rhetoric, and it succeeds as a springboard for political discourse. Gingrich's aim is clearly to inspire citizens to take responsibility for the county's direction by demanding more of their government and their leaders.
  

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User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

Introduction was good. Historical development of social security interesting. Clearly written. Good insight into authors point of view. Read full review

Review: Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Mixed feelings on this book. There's no question that Gingrich is an intelligent and thoughtful man and writer. And much of what he analyzes in this book as what's wrong with our current political ... Read full review

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Contents

WILL WE SURVIVE?
1
SOCIAL SECURITY PROSPERITY
25
THE CENTRALITY OF OUR CREATOR IN DEFINING AMERICA
43
BRINGING THE COURTS BACK UNDER THE CONSTITUTION
57
PATRIOTIC IMMIGRATION
85
PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
95
PATRIOTIC STEWARDSHIP
97
A 21ST CENTURY INTELLIGENT HEALTH SYSTEM
103
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY THE FRONTIERS OF OPPORTUNITY
159
GETTING GOVERNMENT TO MOVE AT THE SPEED AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INFORMATION AGE
169
CREATING A 21ST CENTURY CONGRESS
175
THE CAMPAIGN AND ELECTION MESS NEW PRINCIPLES FOR SELFGOVERNMENT
181
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO WIN THE FUTURE
187
REPUBLICAN CONTRACT WITH AMERICA
193
OUR CREATOR IN THE CAPITAL A WALKING TOUR OF GOD IN WASHINGTON DC
197
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
217

FROM DISABILITIES TO CAPABILITIES ACHIEVING AN ACTIVE HEALTHY LIFE
121
FIGHTING FOR AMERICAN INTERESTS WITHIN THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM
125
BALANCING THE FEDERAL BUDGET
135
THE KEY TO 21ST CENTURY SUCCESS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
143
NOTES
221
INDEX
231
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Newt Gingrich served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 to 1998. Currently, he is CEO of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm.

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