A Time for Governing: Policy Solutions from the Pages of National Affairs

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Encounter Books, May 8, 2012 - Political Science - 328 pages
America finds itself in a moment of profound and complex governing challenges. A crushing recession followed by a feeble recovery have shaken the foundations of our financial and economic system. We are struggling with the exploding costs of health-care and entitlement spending, and fiscal disaster looms as our society ages. American families are anxious about wage stagnation, barriers to social mobility, and the nation’s competitiveness in an era of globalization. Meanwhile, our large governing institutions — most of them designed several decades ago — are showing signs of strain and decay, calling out for serious reform. National Affairs, a quarterly journal of essays on domestic policy and political economy, was launched in 2009 to help Americans think more clearly about these problems and to develop promising solutions. This book is a collection of some of the most timely and concrete policy proposals published in the journal’s pages, offering ideas for reforming our welfare state, our tax system, financial regulation, monetary policy, education, state finances, and more. Each essay was written by a prominent expert in the field—the authors are all notable right-leaning academics, policy experts, former government officials, or think tank scholars with national reputations. The book thus comprises a ready-made domestic policy agenda for conservative policymakers (including a Republican president, should one be elected in 2012), based on the latest and best thinking from the world of conservative policy intellectuals. It will be the only resource of its kind in this election year—a one-stop-shop for conservative policy ideas.
 

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Contents

Keeping Americas Edge
21
How to Replace Obamacare
43
How to Cover Preexisting Conditions
62
How to Fix Medicare
79
How to Fix Medicaid
100
How to Fix Social Security
116
How to Get Means Testing Right
129
How to Think about the Tax Code
147
How to Regulate Risk on Wall Street
179
How to Regulate Bank Capital
194
How to Reform Monetary Policy
211
How to Modernize Our School System
231
How to Think about School Choice
247
How to Address the State Fiscal Crisis
269
How to Dodge the Pension Disaster
290
How to Approach Public Sector Unions
308

How to Fix the Tax Code
162

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Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a senior editor of The New Atlantis, and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. He has been a member of the White House domestic policy staff (under President George W. Bush), executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and a congressional staffer. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and others, and he is the author, most recently, of Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy. He holds a BA from American University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. He lives in Maryland.

Meghan Clyne is the managing editor of National Affairs. She has worked as a special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush, speechwriter to First Lady Laura Bush, a reporter in New York and Washington for the New York Sun, and an associate editor at National Review. Her writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Yale University.

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