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, energy, job creation, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business". He explains how we got into the current economic crisis, and lays down a plan for long-term prosperity. He also 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 of our problems, we've lost our ability to produce sustained economic growth and shared prosperity. He believes our ability to compete in the 21st century is dependent on our willingness to invest in infrastructure: we need faster broadband, a state-of-the-art national electrical grid, modernized water and sewer systems, and the best airports, trains, roads, and bridges.
"There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the 21st century with an anti-government strategy," writes Clinton, 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."
©2011 Bill Clinton (P)2011 Random House
Don't have time to take a class for fun? This book is like taking a graduate course in business and macro economics taught by Josiah Barlett! It might be a little dense and full of information but don't be afraid to take notes, look at the charts and graphs, and listen to it more than once.
As an acknowledged political junkie, I had followed the negotiations on the tax cut extension and debt ceiling in 2010 and 2011. This made so clear how superficial tv coverage is. He explains the issues, the process, and the participants so well that my earlier conceptions were really challenged. And I enjoy his voice. He's confidant without much arrogance (a little, maybe), and he doesn't talk down to the listener.
I just wish that our lawmakers had the brains of Bill Clinton! Great book!!
Where to economy is and how we got there.
The man is the Greatest orator ever!
How great words get overlooked.
The depth and breadth of the narrative, and the careful thinking that went into it, are noteworthy. The narration was superb.
The clarity of the exposition, the emphasis where appropriate, and most especially the fact that the author was the narrator. Of course, President Clinton brings a lot of credibility to the discussion.
This is the best treatment of the current situation and the path forward that I've heard, of the 6 or so that I've heard from Audible.
Bill is a brilliant man. He read the book quite well. My problem with this book is that he refers to charts and graphs, which naturally I can't see. The first part of the book involved quite a bit of back-slapping...he had an excellent presidency and knows it. However, as he hits upon deeper subjects, it was more difficult to follow for me. I needed time to think about what he was saying - I needed to press pause. If this were a book, I would have bookmarked it to return to a topic in which I was very interested. Difficult to do while listening.
Please take into consideration that I am not the hugest fan of non-fiction. I did enjoy this book, but I feel as if I have to go back and read it in hard copy.
Just listening to an extremely smart man argue his point. It all made such good sense. Now, if only, we could get or leaders to simply understand that at the end of each day, all we really are is just a bunch of people walking around on the same piece of dry land trying to just get along with each other. My neighbors best interest is really my best interest as well.
I'm a teacher overseas. I listen because its nice to hear your native language without music or pictures.
Re-elect Bill Clinton
The research, effort and the clear ideas and pathways to a better functioning relationship between the government and private sector are awe inspiring.
I'm further to the right than Clinton, but that doesn't change the fact he made an articulate case for his positions, was respectful of other positions, and seemed to act out of a sincere desire to move the country forward.
A wonderful listen.
While this book clearly has a bias there is a great deal solid information about the current economic environment. Much is about the importance of FUTURE thinking if we want future generations to have better opportunities then we have enjoyed. There is no one right answer and moving out of the current situation will not be easy, but we must open our minds and start to listen to each others and get to the table and start debating the options rather then remaining stagnant in political rhetoric.
Chapter 5, company behavior after 9/11 - ethical leadership in business!
"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
This was a really good book and Clinton is a good reader but there is a lot of information and facts that you may want to write down because you won't be able to remember all of them. I was in the car and bookmarked a lot of places but is probably better in print.
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