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Back to work : why we need smart government for a strong economy

Author: Bill Clinton
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Clinton
ISBN: 9780307959751 0307959759
OCLC Number: 754744094
Description: x, 196 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Bill Clinton.

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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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