Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy

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I Wrote This Book Because I Love My Country And I'm Concerned About Our Future, Writes Bill Clinton. As I Often Said When I First Ran For President In 1992, America At Its Core Is An Idea, The Idea That No Matter Who You Are Or Where You're From, If You Work Hard And Play By The Rules, You'll Have The Freedom And Opportunity To Pursue Your Own Dreams And Leave Your Kids A Country Where They Can Chase Theirs. President Bill Clinton Gives Us His Views On The Challenges Facing The United States Today And Why Government Matters--presenting His Ideas On Resolving The Mortgage Crisis, Job Creation, Financial Responsibility And Offering A Plan To Get Us Back In The Future Business. Where We Are. Our Thirty-year Antigovernment Obsession ; The 2010 Election And Its Place In The History Of Antigovernment Politics ; Why We Need Government ; So What About The Debt? ; How Are We Doing Compared With Our Own Past And With Today's Competition? -- What We Can Do. How Do We Get Back Into The Future Business? -- Epilogue: Time To Choose. Bill Clinton. Includes Bibliographical References.

Author : Bill Clinton

Publisher : Knopf

Published Year : 2011-11-08

Edition : 1

Format : print - Hardcover, 208 pages

Subject : Economic stabilization--Government policy, Economic stabilization--Government policy--United States, Economic conditions, Politics and government, HC106.84 .C596 2011, HB3743 .C55 2011

Language : English

Dimensions : x, 196 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

ISBN : 0307959759

ISBN13 : 9780307959751

Overview :

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.”