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Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders [Paperback]

Paul Ryan , Eric Cantor , Kevin McCarthy
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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (14 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607345
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 09 Pages: 224 Publisher: Threshold Editions Make no mistake: congressmen Eric Cantor Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are Proud Republicans but they believe the Party had lost sight of the the The IDEALS it believes in like economic freedom. limited government. the sanctity of life. and putting families first. This isn't your grandfather's Republican party. These Young Guns of the House GOP-Cantor (the leader). Ryan (the thinker). and McCarthy (the strategist )-are ready to take their belief in the principles that have made America great and translate it into solutions that will make the future even better. solutions that will create private sector jobs. maximize individual freedom. and establish a better world for our children. This groundeaking book is a call to action that sets forth a plan for growth. opportunity. and commitment that will propel thi...

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By F Gaddo
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There are some books that are almost more important for what they are than for what their content actually is. `Young Guns' by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy is one of them. If you have followed the three young Republicans in their ascent to prominence within the ranks of the Republican Party, or if you have read some of their statements, speeches, papers or any other of their public contributions, then the content of the book itself will be quite familiar. It is nevertheless helpful and important to be collected, summarised and contextualised in one book. However, for those who are not familiar with their work, or even their names, reading this book will be thoroughly refreshing and possibly inspiring. That is, if you believe in freedom, free markets, free trade and individualism.

The book is in fact, well written, short, punchy, quick to read, and it exposes the ideas of this new brand of Republican leadership: young, committed, charismatic and devoted to the principles of economic freedom, limited government and the protection of family values. The three constitute the perfect team: as described by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, who first `discovered' them and introduced to the public at large in early 2007, one is the leader, Eric Cantor, one is the thinker, Paul Ryan, and one is the strategist, Kevin McCarthy. Of the three Cantor has been so far the most prominent one, being the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, but this year has seen the rise of Paul Ryan and his agenda to reduce the long term indebtedness of America and solve the entitlement crisis.

Cantor's section of the book is the most comprehensive of the three: it is wide-ranging and touches on most aspects of policy, including foreign policy - though very briefly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 15 Sep 2010
By Ira E. Stoll - Published on Amazon.com
The latest entry in the season of political books took three authors to craft and begins with a foreword by yet a fourth. Yet Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, by Republican Congressmen Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy, for the most part manages to avoid the perils of group authorship and to succeed in concisely conveying a sense of what these three men are up to.

The foreword by the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes calls Mr. Ryan "the most influential Republican thinker in Congress." Mr. Barnes predicts that Mr. Cantor "will be speaker or majority leader the next time Republicans control the House," while Mr. Ryan "will be in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee."

The book proceeds to a "roundtable discussion" among the three authors, with Mr. Ryan charging that the Democrats have a "hardcore-left agenda," of wanting "to transform this country into a cradle-to-grave European social welfare state and change the idea of America forever."

The authors, who, after the initial roundtable, handle the rest of the book in three separate chunks each attributed to a single author, are not afraid to criticize their fellow Republicans. "We've seen Republicans who claim to believe in limited government spend the taxpayers' money like teenagers with their parents' credit card," Mr. Cantor writes. Republicans, he writes, "became what they had campaigned against: arrogant and out of touch."

At times, though, they blame Democrats when the fault belongs to both parties. Mr. Cantor writes, "Then the Democrats got into the auto business. Instead of allowing its union cronies and corporate CEOs to be held accountable for their poor decisions, they made the taxpayers accountable by buying Chrysler and General Motors." He leaves out that the CEOs of both Chrysler and General Motors lost their jobs, and that the government got into the auto business by putting $4 billion into Chrysler on January 2, 2009, $1.5 billion into Chrysler's financing arm on January 16, 2009, $13.4 billion into GM on December 31, 2008, and $5 billion into GMAC on December 29, 2008. All of that was during the Bush administration, before President Obama took office.

Mr. Cantor also writes movingly about the death of his cousin, Daniel, in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in 2006. In a terrific section, Mr. Cantor faults the Obama administration for what he calls a "shocking double standard" in the administration's reprimanding Israel for approving construction in Jerusalem during a visit to Israel by Vice President Biden but ignoring the fact that during the same visit by Mr. Biden, "Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party held a ceremony dedicating a public square in Ramallah to Dalal Mughrabi" a terrorist who had led an attack on a bus full of Israeli civilians, killing 38, including 13 children.

For the most part, though, the book leaves foreign policy and social issues aside and focuses on the case for turning back the growth of government. Core principles? Mr. Cantor writes: "Government doesn't create jobs and build wealth; entrepreneurs, risk takers, and private businesses do."

On the detailed policy proposals, there's room to quibble. The authors tout their alternative to the Democratic stimulus plan. The alternative included "allowing small business to reduce its tax liability by 20 percent" and "a home-buyers credit of $7,500 for those buyers who can make a minimum down payment of 5 percent." Mr. Cantor explains it as an effort to be "realistic" and "work with the administration," and says they would have "much preferred" a bill that "lowered all tax rates."

Mr. Ryan's "Roadmap" budget plan would alter Medicare for future seniors to provide "more support for those with low incomes." He writes that under his Roadmap, "For both Social Security and Medicare...the wealthy will receive smaller benefit increases." He doesn't really get into the question of why the Republicans would want to join the Obama-led effort to balance the budget on the backs of the "wealthy."

Other proposals seem sensible, such as Mr. McCarthy's recommendation that the text of spending bills "be posted on the Internet at least a week before the vote."

Somewhat surprising is that these politicians come off at times as such delicate flowers.

Mr. Ryan complains that Democrats responded to his "Roadmap" by circulating "a so-called 'fact sheet' peppered liberally with fighting words like 'privatize.'" Mr. Ryan may choose to complain when Democrats accuse him of privatizing, but other politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and Stephen Goldsmith have been successful by communicating and demonstrating to the public the benefits of privatization rather than by shrinking from the term as if it were some kind of slur.

This is a political book more than a policy book. These guys are, after all, politicians, a fact that occasionally shines through. Mr. McCarthy was elected to Congress in 2006 after the retirement of his "mentor and friend," Bill Thomas, for whom Mr. McCarthy had worked for 15 years starting at age 22. Mr. Thomas had served 28 years in Congress, which makes the complaint elsewhere in the book, directed at Democratic House committee chairs, that "the people who are making the nation's energy and tax policy for America's small business haven't been in the private sector for over three decades," ring a bit hollow.

The list of "members of the House Republican Young Guns" at the end of the book includes Lamar Smith, a congressman from Texas who is 62 years old and has been in Congress since 1987, and Buck McKeon, who is 72 and has been in Congress since 1993. If readers are left with the sense that the definition of "young guns" is a bit, well, liberally expansive, they will nevertheless come away from this book with a deeper understanding of three men who are already significant players in Washington and are likely to become even more so if their party retakes control of the House in November's election.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but........ 30 Dec 2010
By Common Sense - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is an easy read, and I especially liked Eric Cantor's section. The 'but" part of my review is that I was hoping that they would get away from some of the name calling and paranoia about the "evil democrats" and Nancy Pelosi, and just lay out some solid conservative principles to move the country forward
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4.0 out of 5 stars Young Guns - Bright Lights for America's Future 15 Nov 2010
By AMDGJMJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy are three bright lights among the conservative congressmen who are assuming important positions in the coming 2011-2012 legislative year and beyond. This book is a concise manifesto of what our young conservative political leaders in Congress can and should do to correct and re-direct the course of government. Every citizen concerned about the direction of our nation should read this book. I hope the opinion makers in our national mainstream media and academia give these guys an honest, serious chance, especially since our nation stands on the brink of disaster with regards to bloated federal spending and huge un-funded programs such as Social Security and Medicare ready to detonate like a nuclear bomb affecting every American's future. I highly recommend this book to everyone, young and old.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, good read that is not too lengthy! 13 Nov 2013
By R. C. LASICH - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good read! Always interested in trying to gain insight on how the government is working or better yet! Should work!
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of 1776! 12 Feb 2011
By Seaotter - Published on Amazon.com
"Young Guns," by Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy is a well written, enjoyable, encouraging book by three representatives to Congress who have the ideals of the men who revolted against British tyranny in 1776. There are fighting for those same principles of limited government, states and individual rights, and wise financial policies. They are working toward reformation of the Social Security System, wise and way less expensive health care reform, tax reform and much more. Like our nation's founders they want a return to the moral principles set forth in the Constitution that this country was founded upon. We need these three authors and the other young guns in Congress they write about to support a truly conservative agenda that upholds the values of the majority of the American people. Americans, through such avenues as the town hall meetings and Tea Parties have been making their dissatisfaction with Washington's policies clear and unlike the socialist liberal Democrats the young gun Republicans are listening and responsive to the people's desires. They are in Congress to serve the American people and not the other way around. I highly recommend this excellent book.
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