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

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Political Science - 196 pages
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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.”
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Clinton makes a return to politics as an (elder?) statesman, making a fiery criticism of anti-government policies, and thus offering a wide set of new policy settings, varied and diverse, drawn from ... Read full review

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I respect Bill Clinton's experience and intellect and thoroughly enjoyed hearing him out on economic issues of today; however, I wish he hadn't spouted so much party line and green religion. When will ... Read full review

Contents

Election and Its Place in the History
19
Why We Need Government
48
So What About the Debt?
55
How Are We Doing Compared with Our
84
How Do We GetBack in the Future Business?
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WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, 42nd President of the United States, is founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

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