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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy [Kindle Edition]

Bill Clinton
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In Back to Work, Bill Clinton offers a plan to get America out of its economic crisis and "back into the future business."

Clinton details how to lay a foundation for long-term prosperity, offering specific recommendations on how to boost employment rates, increase bank lending and corporate investment, and double exports.

He emphasises that antigovernment sentiments in the public rarely contribute to a prosperous growth. Conflict between the government and the private sector has given the U.S. a weak economy, growing income inequality, and a decline in its competitive position. Cooperation, he stresses, is more conducive to success than conflict.

To Clinton, 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.” Back to Work is an effort to rejuvenate the idea that is America.

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"There's an upbeat, front-foot tone to Back to Work that is welcome at a time of despair. Love him or hate him, he hasn't lost his touch." (Telegraph)

"Shrewd and convincing. To say that Bill Clinton possesses superb political instincts is like saying that Paul McCartney has a good ear; he is probably the best natural politician of his generation. His skill at framing an argument is without peer and that he does so without demagoguery is to his lasting credit . . . informed, high-minded, intelligent and persuasive" (Observer)

"Through the sheer number and range of his ideas, Mr Clinton manages to convey a badly needs sense of hope." (Economist)

"This book is a well-timed and serious contribution to the debate that will go a long way towards deciding next year's election - the debate on what America's government is for." (The Times)

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Essential reading on the global economy from former US President, Bill Clinton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6629 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063HC9B2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars After Exhausting All Other Alternatives 1 Mar. 2012
By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"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." (p. 2) Former U.S. President Bill Clinton tells us what the rules should be in the private sector and how we should create jobs and reduce economic inequity.

Clinton disagrees with those who view government as a problem. The recent economic meltdown happened because banks were overleveraged--and this happened because there was insufficient government oversight. We did not have a full-scale depression because the government saved the financial system from collapse and used the stimulus to keep unemployment 1.5 to 2 percent lower than it would have been. Government was part of the solution. "Over the last three decades, whenever we've given in to the temptation to blame the government for all our problems, we've lost our commitment to shared prosperity, balanced growth, financial responsibility, and investment in the future." (p. 14)

Clinton outlines the proper role. "Government should empower us to do things we need or want to do that we can only do together by pooling our resources and spending them in large enough amounts... (p. 48). Specifically, government agencies and regulations should play a large role in the following areas: National security; assistance to those unable to fully support themselves; decent retirement for seniors; equal access to opportunity; economic development; oversight of the financial sector; protection of public interests the market cannot fix; investments for long-term, large-scale projects; and collection of revenue. (p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important advice! 5 Dec. 2011
This is a great read and a triumph for reason and intelligent thought. Clinton attacks the "government is the problem" republican ethos of the last 30 years showing how it just doesn't work. He does blow his own trumpet a lot but as the book shows, he has a great deal to be proud of.

He shows how America can get back to being a great nation using examples from the past and the performance of other nations. He rightly ridicules the extremism and two faced nature of the tea party and shows that it needs to be beaten. Given the awful performance of the republican congress Democrats do need to go onto the attack and stop looking so weak. Clinton really knew how to deal with republican extremism as he showed in 1995. America needs smart government that asks the right questions, especially now!! Clinton quotes Winston Churchill who said that Americans will eventually do the right thing but, only after they have exhausted every other possibility.

I know Clinton has his problems but his record regarding the economy and job creation when he was in office was excellent which even republicans admit. He really knows what he is talking about and this is advice worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Clinton Ideas 28 April 2013
"Back To Work" by Bill Clinton showcases the various ideas and viewpoints in relation to creating a stronger American society. For instance, on page 105 Clinton expresses natural concern on strengthening the quality of life in America that would be competitive to such countries as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. On page 142, he also discusses monitoring energy consumption as one of the ways to increase national security.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Man Out Of Time 23 Dec. 2012
This book is so poor that it's not even worth the obligatory 1 star. It diminishes the argument; it doesn't add to it. The book is irrelevant. Like Clinton himself.

The question is not about work, the question is that even work itself in many cases today does not offer people the chance to maintain enough to support their own families.

Clinton does not address the fact that the American economy and political system is simply bankrupt. The former 42nd president does not seem to realize that America is a different place than the country he lived in the 1960s and 1970s. Here is one damning statistic that I have read (feel free to contradict it): in the 1970s food stamps were given to one in fifty Americas. Today one out of SEVEN rely on this CHARITY. Meanwhile, leaches like Cheney and Rumsfeld sit around on $100,000 a year pensions. Alan Greenspan's pension is reported to be over $150,000 a year. For what? For steering the US economy towards RUIN?

Can you see the problem? Clinton can't. Or he doesn't want to!

The myth of Clinton is almost as bad as the myth of JFK. The problem is that Clinton had 8 years to do his damage. Kennedy's term was stopped dead by a bullet. We're all fed the myth about Clinton supposedly meeting JFK. Who cares! JFK was corrupt: his presidency was partly bought for him by his egotistical father. And the other option back then? Richard Millhouse Nixon. That says it all.

This book is full of the same garbled rubbish that I found in another book by another former head of government, Gordon Borwn's "Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisationsh".
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