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Finally, a Comprehensive Plan
for Getting America Back on Track

With proposals for fixing everything from health care to U.S. foreign policy, The Next Falling Empire is required reading for anyone who still believes the American way of life is worth preserving. Packed with policy prescriptions to fix broken bureaucracies and damaged institutions, this far-reaching road map shows:
* How centralization can eliminate health care fraud to the tune of billions of dollars saved.
* Why mandatory national service for college students will build a stronger country-and better students.
* The reason leaflets could do more than bombs to bring peace to Iraq.
* The way to rein in outsourcing to China.
* Why eliminating the IRS-and dozens of other government agencies-makes sense and saves money.
In the end, the next falling empire doesn't have to be our own.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Perspective on Challenges Facing Our Country 7 Oct 2008
By Sarah Moore - Published on
Discussions of the major policy issues facing our country are never more passionate or detailed than during a presidential election year. The next steps to take concerning health care, national security, education and a myriad of other agenda items are discussed on debate stages and around the kitchen table. As a lifelong follower of politics and a former high school government teacher, I am always excited to read an informed perspective concerning these important decisions facing our country. Thoughtful analysis is always helpful in developing my own conclusions on a topic. In his new book, The Next Falling Empire, Marc Boyajian addresses all of the issues making headlines today and provides his prescriptions for a country that he warns is in serious danger. If you want some material for a lively debate at your next dinner party, Boyajian provides some great points to get you started.

Whether you are a seasoned analyst of political opinion or someone new to the subject who just senses that all is not well with our system, you will find The Next Falling Empire to be applicable to your level of background knowledge. Boyajian chooses language and a tone that creates the sense of a conversation with his audience. He regularly asks questions of his readers that are not meant to be rhetorical, but instead used to pull you into the text by creating personal relevance. What parent isn't concerned with what his kids may be learning from television? How many voters complain every election cycle that they are tired of "stupid negative campaigning"? Who hasn't wondered how we can lower the gas prices in a smart and forward-thinking way? Boyajian does a fantastic job of recognizing the concerns felt by most Americans and then tackling the controversy head-on and without apology.

Boyajian covers a wide variety of subjects in his initial offering as an author. Education, taxes, the strength of families and energy policy are just a few of the areas receiving his analysis. However, as diverse as the material may seem at first glance, the author makes a compelling argument that all of the issues must be faced with an integrated approach to create the best possible future for our country. In its structure, each chapter tackles a specific policy issue and generally follows the same format. Boyajian lays out the situation as he sees it, including examples that will be familiar to readers. He describes each problem and its corresponding examples with no shortage of emotional language. The author is clearly frustrated with the direction that our political and social structures are heading, and his forceful choice of words is a great strength of this book. We are not reading dry analysis from another theorist who remains detached from his work. Boyajian brings us the perspective of an everyday American who has taken the time to translate his concerns to the written word.

Finally, as the author rightfully touts, he does not just complain about the problems in The Next Falling Empire. Each challenge is met with his prescription for repair, and not just with sweeping generalities that are often espoused by politicians on the campaign trail. Boyajian shares specific recommendations, from a reconstituted school that in turn would shift our work days and traffic patterns to dropping leaflets on Iraqi citizens with offers of payment in return for civic participation to a trust fund for energy research, the author is not short on inventive plans for our country. For those who consider themselves "numbers people," the author provides specific calculations on his proposed government taxing and spending. If you prefer the human element of a situation, he explains how his ideas will result in concrete improvements of individuals and families both here and abroad. Both sides of your brain will be satisfied with the exercise it receives in every chapter of this policy text.

My recommendation of this book does not stem from the fact that I agree with every solution proposed by Mr. Boyajian, although I certainly share his concern with many of the problems he dissects in the book. There are certainly issues, such as national security and health care, on which the author and I disagree and I would enjoy some lively debates with him. Instead, I appreciate The Next Falling Empire because it is well-written political analysis composed by a man who obviously has a great passion for his country and the direction in which it is heading. When an author writes with conviction and intelligence, the final product is always worth studying. This book should be considered an essential addition to your personal political library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for America to become America again. 16 Sep 2008
By J. Guild - Published on
This is an excellent look at America from one well informed man's perspective.He looks at what goes on in the country he adopted as his new home in 1982;having been born in Syria and raised in Lebanon. He has built a successful life for himself but seems to wonder if America will succeed or become like other empires who have falled in the past.
At times, he questions if America has lost its direction.He,at times seems to forget that the ideas that are the foundation of America are uniquely different than any other nation and made America the greatest country on earth from every perspective;and though not perfect,still is.President Reagan so well defined America as "The Shining city on the hill"
The founders of America, and those who understood what and why it was intended to be;made it what it was. There have been many people within America ,and most other countries who have opposed what America is all about and either disagreed with her and even felt threatened by what America stands for.The reason for this has always been that the ideals of America are centered on what is best for its people as opposed to what is best for the regimes,elites,ideologies and systems in place in other countries.
No doubt about it,it has been a continual struggle to keep America on track ;but it is still the country that places its people before all else.This is what has been its success,and will continue to be.All one has to do is look at the success of America,and see that people from countries all over the world want to be part of it and that the American people ,in spite of any problems,do not see better prospects elsewhere.
True, things have changed in recent years and there has been movement away from America's basic fundamentals;and they have not been for its betterment.
As a Canadian,who has lived in America for a number of years,it is easy to see the differences.
In Canada ,we have a much more Socialist form of government,and are much more inclined to believe in more government and look to and think the government is more able to look after the people than the people themselves,than do Americans.A good example is that our Socialized Medical system. While over 50% of all the money the government collects from our heavier taxes than Americas,long delays in waiting times,unhappy Doctors ,Nurses and health workers,long waits at clinics,abuses by so many who put nothing into the system and look at it as a "free entitlement",patients having no control and no idea of costs,and a system that has resulted in large numbers of people being unable to even find a family doctor.I use this as one example to show that more government and taking more money out of the hands of the people who earn it;and let bureaucrats spend it for them ,is not the answer.
If things are off track in America,as many detractors suggest,the answer is not to look to the way things are done in other countries,where Socialism and all its approaches has failed time and time again;the direction where America should turn is to return to the basic approaches that has already given her its successes.
The author makes a lot of good proposals and its time to get back to what America has proved to be the answer.This applies to my country as well;as Canada has lost its direction even to a greater extent.
In a nutshell ,we need to:

Emphasize that people should take personal responsibility for their own well-being and forget about looking to the government to look after you.

Quit looking to European systems and countries for solutions.This is
the source of problems,not solutions.

Learn to wait until you can afford things rather than going into debt
for what you can't afford ,but want rather than need.

Reduce the size and influence of government.Enact term limits for all

Reduce taxes.People can spend their earned money better than the

Take back the education of the children from the
government,elites,unions,bureaucrats,and give control to the people who
pay for it so that the student's interests can be put first as opposed
to the way it is today.

Oppose Political Correctness for the fraud it is.

Make the country's Defence the best in the world and
equipped,trained and manned so that enemies will face severe action if
it attacks America.

Strickly control Immigration,eliminate Dual Citizenship.Make Illegal
Immigration and Illegals so undesirable,that there is no point in
coming into the country,and those that are already here, will want to
leave.Multiculturalism is a fraud. Become a loyal national of the
country,or leave.

Balance trade with all countries.Put Americans interests first. Be
America's friend ,or find someone else to trade with or help you.This
applies to Canada too. As for loss of jobs to other countries,especially
those who are not your friends. Don't trade for what you already have
and don't do business with countries who have principles and regimes
that do not have their people's interests at heart.

Strengthen ,encourage ,and celebrate the value and importance of the
family unit.

America can and should become self sufficient in energy and not allow
itself to be held up for ransom by anyone or any country.

America was founded on Jeudo-Christian principles and it is time for
those who want it to change that fact to be exposed and opposed.

So,read this good book,and understand the strenghts of America.I as a Canadian ,am not trying to tell America what she should do;we have also drifted;and the solutions are rhe same for us. We have benefited from being America's friend and neighbor to the north,however many have looked to Europe for the answer;with similar results.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplifying How America Operates 5 Sep 2008
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on
The author has a series of easy to understand
solutions to a plethora of problems plaguing the
United States today. He would have multiple working
and school shifts to alleviate crowding and
introduce students to work environments
earlier in their academic careers.

The volume decries the shear complexity of the
tax code and business regulations which limit industrial
throughput. Any engineer knows that excess complexity
interferes with the throughout or efficiency of any
machine or process. Removing complexity speeds processing.

The author believes in a reasonable level of immigration
consistent with the needs of the country. Simultaneously,
the book outlines how the USA could help neighbors
create jobs internally.

The volume decries efforts to impose our ideology
on foreign countries. He points out that we are spending
3-4 times the total goods and services in Iraq.
Alternatively, a plan has been put forth to provide each
family with a simple stipend in exchange for Iraq fixing
its own internal problems of governance and infrastructure.

The book provides a reason why the USA has lost jobs
to China. The reasons are greed, higher taxes, unions
and litigation. He proposes a plethora of solutions
to keep jobs in the USA.

The book discusses the breakup of the family. The dual
wage earner family has been cited as a further constraint
on child-rearing. Government bureaucracy and partisanship
are cited as reasons for the unwieldy response to
exigencies of all kinds. In addition, America exports
its own top talent.

The book cites the flat tax as a simple alternative to
the IRS. The author would raise sales taxes by 1% to pay
for health care costs. Finally, the USA must create its
own energy instead of relying on foreign sources.

The book has some excellent observations for government
planners at every level.
3.0 out of 5 stars How To Manual for the Pressing Issues of the Day 19 Sep 2008
By Bryan Carey - Published on
As most would agree, the economy and general welfare of the United States is off track and the overall financial health of the nation has been declining steadily for the past ten or more years. Few politicians seem to have the concrete answers to our financial and social woes and those who do have solutions cannot seem to garner the necessary support to implement their proposals.

Author Marc Boyajian, however, feels he has the solutions Americans have been hoping to find and he presents them in this brief book. This book claims to have the answers to many of the nation's social and financial ills, covering everything from health care, to education, to terrorism, to energy, and even family structure. These and other important issues are addressed, with the author calling for some basic charges to the way we conduct government and private business and to the way we finance public works in order to solve our most pressing problems.

Some of the solutions presented in this book do, indeed, sound worthy of consideration. I like, for example, the book's proposal that we should abolish FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, replacing their official responsibilities with the National Guard, since it could do the work better and more efficiently. I also like the idea of eliminating the IRS because, like the book says, it would eliminate the sometimes costly and always time- consuming process of filing taxes and also eliminate a good deal of fraud. But other solutions are not that good, like the suggestion that calls for mandatory national service for college students. Service to one's community and country is certainly a noble and respectable concept, but I don't like the idea of making this a requirement. Forcing service on the public would lead to resentment on the part of many and it would basically be, like the military draft, a form of forced enslavement.

This book has answers to problems in many key areas but it would be much better and more believable if it included some statistics and/or estimates of the expected revenues and associated costs to back its claims. Take, for example, the proposal to fix the health care system. It calls for using sales tax to cover all health care costs, including the expenses presently covered by Medicare and Medicaid, thereby eliminating the need for these two government programs. This isn't necessarily a bad idea and it just might work if implemented properly. However, there are no official estimates provided to convince the reader that this system would, indeed, be financially feasible and would provide the necessary revenues to cover the expenses both today and years into the future as the population continues to age and the need for health care becomes greater and greater. It's a nice idea, but it needs something to back it up, in order to better convince the reader.

In spite of its shortcomings, this book is still worth a read. Some of its solutions are not likely to be met with enthusiasm by the public and I doubt they could ever be successfully implemented, given the political attitudes in Washington and the loyalty of politicians to special interests. But I give credit to the author for at least presenting some solutions to these pressing issues. Some are a little too simplistic and they could all benefit from the inclusion of actual numbers to back them up. However, this is still a respectable effort and some of these solutions presented are certainly worth a look. The author has obviously spent some time thinking about how to solve these important issues and he obviously cares about the fate of the nation. And this is more than can be said of the majority of politicians.
2.0 out of 5 stars Next Falling Empire. 17 Sep 2008
By TrishNYC - Published on
The author has many good ideas and he talks about many things that I believe many of us have worried about as we look at America's future. He talks about the problems with our health care system, our broken democracy, terrorism, foreign policy and many other national concerns. With each topic that he brings up, he proposes a solution. But it is in these solutions that I found it very hard to like the book. For example to the problems that the US has encountered in Iraq, he proposes that the president offer $15,000 per family on the condition that they hand over their arms and hold elections. Huh?... does bribing people really work?Also what happens to the families that are not gun toting(as I am sure that not every family in Iraq is armed and dangerous), do they go out and find some arms just so that they could get their $15,000?

He believes that the US and Europe have lost jobs to China through their own fault. He believes that our loss of jobs is caused in part by the fact that we overtax our companies causing them to raise prices, that there are too many laws and regulations controlling businesses and these factors make it hard for them to do business. Also he states that unions while good for the worker, are detrimental to businesses and worker benefits while seen as great recruiting tools are a burden to businiess. In everyone's rush to praise and exault China and India's ascent, has anyone considered the cost to the local population? Thomas Friedman in his book , The World is Flat, also exaults current economic might and growth over the human cost. Can any of us really believe that businesses on their own would be responsible if they are not held to a higher standard in the form of regulations and laws? His gripe with benefits is also hard to swallow, how are we to save for our retirement? Though not a member of any union, I personally can see their benefits. I am sure that there are problems with the ways in which their duties are performed but I see the presence of unions as invaluable to the working class. Please let us not count China's current economic growth as a raving success on all fronts. What about the pollution and environmental damage that's being done all in the name of success?

He also believes that unemployment insurance though a good idea needs improvement. I think many of us will agree with that sentiment. However, he lost me when he says "anyone who cannot find a job in two to three months, is either not looking in the right places or committing fraud due to an agreement with the employer where they collect unemployment benefits while working for the same employer for less pay under the table, until the benefits end". Again, Huh...? I really am not sure what kinds of people the author knows but I have known people who were laid off from prestigious Wall Street jobs and they needed many months to find a job. And no, they were not defrauding the government by working under the table. Also taking a job at McDonalds after having attended an Ivy league school was not really an option considering the school loans that go along with that education.

He also has a section where he dicusses the hatred of the rich. He says that the majority of people have a great animosity to the rich and whenever anyone they know comes into money, they immediately hate the person. First I have to say that I do not know or have ever met anyone that thinks like that and I find it hard to believe that people who hold that view are in the majority as the author would have us believe. He says "Most everyone wants to become rich" I doubt that, I think most people want to be comfortable and sustain their families. He continues "unfortunately what they lack is the knowledge of how to do it...most of all they lack the positive attitude. They usually succumb to the negative surrounding them". Yes people may lack the know how on how to invest in the stock market but I find that most people in the world we live in will NEVER be rich no matter how hard they work. It does not matter what profession they pursue, riches may not be in the card for them because of external factors like size of family, medical issues etc. Also certain people's profession will not allow them to become rich. I know many artists, professors or other such professions who despite their hard work, they hopefully will live comfortablly but certainly not be swimming in money.

But to be fair the author does discuss certain things that I believe are very important. He talks about the lack of fairness in our foreign policy and how this makes us lose credibility worldwide. He discusses how America's litigious mindset is ruining our businesses and general lifestyle. He discusses the decline of the family structure and the fact that our need to sustain ourselves economically is impacting our families and children.

All in all I found the book to be a bit simplistic in its reasoning. I feel that more research was needed to back up the proposals that he feels would lead to solutions. I really wanted to like this book, I really did. But when I weigh its pro against the aforementioned, I cannot give it anything higher than 2.5 stars.
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