Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His reply to the crowd: "A republic, if you can keep it." Now America's most respected governor explains just how close we've come to losing the republic, and how we can restore it to greatness. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been called "the most presidential man in America." He has brought more change to his state in a few years than most see in decades. During his tenure, Daniels turned a $700 million deficit into a billion dollar surplus, balanced Indiana's budget even during the recession, converted its once unattractive business climate into one of the strongest for private sector job growth.
The Hoosier state is now a model of good and efficient governance. Its public sector payroll is now the smallest per capita in the nation. And yet services have improved across the board. Even its Bureau of Motor Vehicles -- the ultimate symbol of dysfunctional bureaucracy - has been rated the best in the country. Daniels has done this by focusing on government's core responsibilities, cutting taxes, empowering citizens, and performing what he calls an "old tribal ritual" - spending less money than his state takes in, while distinguishing between skepticism towards big government and hostility towards all government. Unfortunately few politicians have the discipline or courage to follow his lead. And worse, many assume that Americans are too intimidated, gullible or dim-witted to make wise decisions about their health care, mortgages, the education of their kids, and other important issues. The result has been a steady decline in freedom, as elite government experts -- "our benevolent betters", in Daniels' phrase -- try to regulate every aspect of our lives. Daniels bluntly calls our exploding national debt "a survival-level threat to the America we have known.
©2011 Mitch Daniels (P)2011 Penguin
I sell advertising. My job is to persuade others. I love learning how my mind works so that I can grasp what really motivates me. I also enjoy learning about people who may be very different than me.
This is an excellent recitation of the governor's view and he backs it up with facts. He is a common sense individual and it comes through in his book. Fortunately, he ends the book on a positive note. Caution: if your views lean to the left this book could make you think about some uncomfortable facts about your favorite politicians. Otherwise, it's a great listen that will help you see a way out of our current economic abyss.
A Reasonable POV.
Speaks from the heart.
I found myself agreeing with most of the proposed policies. I know ideology is often a guide to policy, and while mine is different than Mr. Daniel's, we both share the same POV when it comes to hard work, the fragility and importance of democracy, and a responsibile fiscial policy.
I was very disappointed that Mitch Daniels decided not to run for President this year, so I was anxious to listen to his book. Overall, he presents his case for confronting the debt very well, however, when he claims at the beginning how threated he feels by the problem, it sounded a bit hollow since he took himself out of the running to actually work on solving the issue.
If you are looking for some tried solutions on how to work on the debt problem, this is a good book to start with. He uses examples from his term as governor to explain his approach to these very situations at a state level, and how they made things work.
The only gripe I had about his book was his constant reference to the US as a democracy. Early on he was very clear on the distinction between democracies and republics and how republics are a release of some rights to allow ruling bodies. He then proceeds to slam the elite ruling bodies as undemocratic. Duh.
Still, overall it was a very good book. We are facing some nasty years ahead without facing some of these issues straight on.
This book is a no nonsense look at the challenges we are facing in America. We need more of this type of common sense realism.
If you read this book you will realize not only why Indiana is on more solid fiscal footing than most other states, but also why Hoosiers love their Governor.
Yes, good reminders of what can and should be done.
Stories of successful privatization of government services.
This is the first book of his I have read.
Run Mitch Run
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