Common Sense in the Twenty-First Century is a book that challenges the political and economic status quo. The title was chosen out of admiration for Thomas Paine s call to arms for the American Revolution and because this book is an appeal for a peaceful revolution in the way the United States is governed. Public opinion polls tell us two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country, and an overwhelming majority disapprove of the job performance of both the President and Congress. Almost half have no confidence in their government s ability to respond to a natural disaster. Over 80 percent say that illegal immigration is an important problem facing the country, but less than one third approve of the way the government is handling it. This book contends that the seeds of today s public dissatisfaction were sown back in the 1930s when the programs of the New Deal greatly enlarged the role the United States government could play in the lives of its citizens, setting in motion a seven-decade drift toward a bigger, more controlling government presence in people s lives and a corresponding feeling of impotence and apathy among American citizens. The book paints a picture of government that spends uncontrollably. While the U.S. population increased 85% in the last half of the 20th century, for example, local, state and federal government spending increased 520%. The federal government has committed future generations of Americans to more than $25 trillion in social welfare obligations that primarily benefit the present generation. These obligations are growing much faster than the economy itself; the economy is consequently becoming more government-centric and is on a path toward the kind of democratic socialism that is prevalent in Western Europe. While Democrats have been characterized as the spending party, this book illustrates how both major political parties are responsible for the expansion of the federal government. The book points out that as government has grown in size and power, it has not fulfilled the promises made to justify its expansion. The United States government spent more than $5.4 trillion fighting poverty, for example, only to have the national poverty rate higher in the 1990s than it was when the War on Poverty was launched in the mid-1960s. The government primary and secondary education monopoly spends more on education per student (over 15 times more today than it did in 1965) than all but one other government and yet ranks below average in math and just slightly above average in reading compared to the other developed nations. That, Common Sense in the Twenty-First Century says, is because it is in the political self-interest of those who control the power of government to increase that power. The book stresses that this is not the way the nation s Founding Fathers intended government to be. In fact, the Constitution was adopted as a bulwark to make sure that those who controlled it could not infringe upon the freedom and individual responsibility of the people. In order to persuade the American people of the need for constitutional controls, James Madison wrote, In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A powerfully persuasive argument about the dangers of freedom s drift over the last 70 years, this book is both a call for change and a blueprint for change, offering steps Americans can take now to turn the tide. The books numerous antidotes and historical examples not only make you want to retrieve your freedom from those who are inadvertently or intentionally narrowing it; the book also suggests how it can be accomplished.
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James Remmert, the author of Common Sense in the Twenty-First Century, writes about freedom, economics, law, politics and government from the perspective of someone with extensive experience in the relationship between the economy and government. He spent over twenty years as an attorney for one of capitalism s most disparaged and successful institutions, the Exxon Corporation. As an attorney for Exxon s international shipping and oil trading affiliate, he was at the center of the oil crises in the 1970s. On a three-year assignment in Japan, he got a close up view of how damaging trade protectionism can be to the interests of ordinary citizens in a highly regulated economy. Responsible for Exxon s Political Action Committee and its Washington office, he writes from personal experience about how politics and government have obstructed efforts to make America energy independent. His experience has provided him with numerous antidotes and historical examples for his thesis that, whether done in the name of compassionate conservatism or some other euphemism, big government is bipartisan and the era of limited government has not been a goal of either major political party for many years. But his book goes far beyond a history lesson in government malpractice. It offers constructive alternatives, based on principles of economic freedom, for solving large-scale economic and social problems poverty, primary and secondary education, election campaign financing, health care that have been so intractable to government solutions.
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