Saving Congress From Itself

Author: James L Buckley
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594037752
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Saving Congress from Itself proposes a single reform: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid to state and local governments. This action would reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year and have a profound effect on how we govern ourselves. The proliferation of federal grants-in-aid programs is of recent vintage: only about 100 such grants existed before Lyndon Johnson took office, and now they number more than 1,100. Eliminating grants to the states will result in enormous savings in federal and state administrative costs; free states to set their own priorities; and improve the design and implementation of programs now subsidized by Washington by eliminating federal regulations that attend the grants. In short, it will free states and their subdivisions to resume full responsibility for all activities that fall within their competence, such as education, welfare, and highway construction and maintenance. And because members of Congress spend major portions of their time creating grants and allocating funds assigned to them (think earmarks), eliminating grants will enable Congress to devote its time to responsibilities that are uniquely national in character.

Freedom At Risk

Author: James Lane Buckley
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594034788
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Contains essays, many from the 1970s, in which James Buckley, a former senator, under secretary of state, and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, shares his opinions on the adverse effects of the growth of the federal government.

Dc Confidential

Author: David Schoenbrod
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594039127
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You think you know why our government in Washington is broken, but you really don't. You think it's broken because politicians curry favor with special interests and activists of the Left or Right. There's something to that and it helps explain why these politicians can't find common ground, but it misses the root cause. A half century ago, elected officials in Congress and the White House figured out a new system for enacting laws and spending programs--one that lets them take credit for promising good news while avoiding blame for government producing bad results. With five key tricks, politicians of both parties now avoid accounting to us for what government actually does to us. While you understand that these politicians seem to pull rabbits out of hats, hardly anyone sees the sleight of hand by which they get away with their tricks. Otherwise, their tricks wouldn't work. DC Confidential exposes the sleights of hand. Once they are brought to light, we can stop the tricks, fix our broken government, and make Washington work for us once again. The book explains the necessary reform and lays out an action plan to put it in place. Stopping the tricks would be a constructive, inclusive response to the anger that Americans from across the political spectrum feel toward what should be our government.

Politicians Are People Too

Author: Richard Benedetto
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761834229
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Across the span of his 35-year career reporting on local, state, and national politics, USA TODAY White House correspondent Richard Benedetto has interviewed and closely watched a wide variety of politicians and public servants. This memoir and personal reflection considers the coverage and treatment of politics and politicians by today's media and offers suggestions for improvement. Benedetto argues that despite the often-cynical news coverage, most politicians are good people who, like all human beings, have strengths and weaknesses. He believes politicians deserve to be praised when they do well, as much as criticized when they fail. Politicians Are People, Too celebrates and offers personal insights on many of the thousands of public figures Benedetto has encountered an eclectic list of politicians, public servants, and even a few celebrities, including George Wallace, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle, Mario Cuomo, Gary Hart, Paul Newman, Spiro Agnew, George W. Bush, Henry Cisneros, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Ted Williams."

Our Constitution

Author: Michael Stokes Paulsen
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780985721503
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Our Constitution is a straightforward and objective volume setting forth the text of the Constitution of the United States and the most important interpretations of that document by the U.S. Supreme Court and by other actors in our constitutional system. It focuses on the most important interpretations of the Constitution - those that have shaped our understandings of the Constitution and been of greatest historical consequence and enduring significance for the nation. The emphasis is on what has proven to be foundational, historic, or enduring, not on right and wrong. This is not a work of commentary. It leaves entirely to the reader the task of evaluating the merits of the interpretations. The cases and other documents are presented here, unadorned - and uncorrupted - by critical commentary. They are edited into as concise a form as possible, to make them accessible to general readers interested in America's Constitution and the most significant interpretations of that Constitution over time. Not everything the Supreme Court has said about the Constitution (or that the authors of The Federalist, or the framing generation, or revered Presidents, or leading members of Congress have said) is a correct interpretation of the Constitution. The materials presented here simply lay out what has been said about the Constitution that has proved to be of enduring importance in shaping our understandings of the Constitution, for good or for ill. The task of interpreting the interpretations - of evaluating these interpretations of the Constitution - is for the critical reader today. This reflects the faith of the Constitution's framers that We the People of the United States would be, and remain, the masters of their own written constitution, fully capable of interpreting it for themselves, doing so correctly, and applying it faithfully.

After War

Author: Christopher J. Coyne
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804754392
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Post-conflict reconstruction is one of the most pressing political issues today. This book uses economics to analyze critically the incentives and constraints faced by various actors involved in reconstruction efforts. Through this analysis, the book will aid in understanding why some reconstructions are more successful than others.

Half The Sky

Author: Nicholas D. Kristof
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307267146
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter abuse, and campaign for women's rights.

The Fiery Trial Abraham Lincoln And American Slavery

Author: Eric Foner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393080827
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“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politician grounded in principle, deftly navigating the dynamic politics of antislavery, secession, and civil war. Lincoln's greatness emerges from his capacity for moral and political growth.

Presidential Leadership And The Creation Of The American Era

Author: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400846404
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This book examines the foreign policy decisions of the presidents who presided over the most critical phases of America's rise to world primacy in the twentieth century, and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices. Joseph Nye, who was ranked as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Top Global Thinkers, reveals how some presidents tried with varying success to forge a new international order while others sought to manage America’s existing position. The book shows how transformational presidents like Wilson and Reagan changed how America sees the world, but argues that transactional presidents like Eisenhower and the elder Bush were sometimes more effective and ethical. It also draws important lessons for today’s uncertain world, in which presidential decision making is more critical than ever.

American Public Policy

Author: B. Guy Peters
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483391523
Size: 69.37 MB
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American Public Policy provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the landscape of public policy. This foundational text takes students through the governmental systems and core theories of policymaking before turning to in-depth exploration of key policy areas and tools of policy analysis. Important additions to this Tenth Edition include expanded discussions of policy instruments, the challenges for public policymakers presented by the continuing gridlock in Washington, the Affordable Care Act, higher education funding, reproductive rights, and gay rights. New coverage of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana keeps students up to date with recent policy debates and issues.