BACK TO WORK
Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy
Copyright © 2011 by William Jefferson Clinton
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
One would expect the 42nd President of the United States to write a book that is politically partisan. But that is not the case here. There is no Republican vs. Democrat agenda put forth here. A few would take exception with that contention, however. That few would be the segment of the United States that is caught up in what Bill Clinton calls the anti-government obsession.
It is against that anti-government contention that President Clinton builds his case for getting America “Back to Work.” The thesis of the book is that, rather than limiting government, we should build government to operate more fully but in more sensible and effective ways.
The case is built by not arguing ideology but presenting irrefutable facts from instances where government does work. Examples are taken from countries around the globe as well as individual states in the U.S. His premise is supported by fact after fact after fact, and in many cases with charts and graphs depicting how various approaches have proven to work or not work
The single thread upon which President Clinton's emphasis hangs is that, as he says in his introduction, “... we've got to get America back in the future business.” And each chapter and paragraph of the text marches toward establishing avenues to reach that future.
While advocating a strong government, Clinton also insists on the government's need to insure an equally strong private sector. He states that government should smooth the way for the private sector and not be an obstacle. This is demonstrated in his many suggestions of where government and the private sector can together forge ahead to make America the leader in the green technology markets.
I bought this book out of a sense of needing to be informed. I, surprisingly, found I'd purchased a book that I couldn't put down. This book. should be required reading for everyone in public office today. It should be a primer for every voter, Democrat or Republican. It is a non-partisan road map showing the route to a new America. It is a call to serve, a call to civility and clarity.
After reading this book I found myself more informed, more energized about my country, and completely in agreement with Clinton's last sentence in the book: “Let's get the show on the road.”