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The Freedom Revolution; The New Republican House Majority Leader Tells Why Big Government Failed, Why Freedom Works, and How We Will Rebuild America

Armey, Richard K.

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ISBN 10: 0895264692 / ISBN 13: 9780895264695
Published by Regnery Publishing, Inc, Washington, DC, 1995
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm. xi, [1], 318, [6] pages. Armey's Axioms. Publisher's ephemera laid in. Signed by the author on title page. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Richard Keith Armey (born July 7, 1940) is an American economist and politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Texas' 26th congressional district (1985-2003) and House Majority Leader (1995-2003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. Armey was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America. Armey is also an author and former economics professor. After his retirement from Congress, he has worked as a consultant, advisor, and lobbyist. Majority Leader Dick Armey explains the collapse of the Left and offers a prescription for the future of Republican leadership. What lifts this book above the pack is extensive use of Armey's Axioms-witty though incisive truisms on public policy, from a man in a position to know. The author is the House Majority Leader, a champion of the flat tax, and a former economics professor at the University of North Texas. Case in point is U.S. farm policy. The apt Armey Axiom here: "One bad government program creates the need for a worse one." The U.S. Agriculture Department starts out by benevolently guaranteeing the farmer ample price supports on his crops and thus a high return on his investment. The unsurprising upshot is overproduction or vast farm surpluses that become unmanageable, that cram government storage bins. This leads to an even more bizarre consequence. The bureaucrats then pay farmers not to farm. Literally. And the amount of land taken out of production is prodigious. Other targets of Armey Axioms include the Small Business Administration (with a 20 percent default rate on SBA loans), U.S. job training programs (the Job Corps program nips taxpayers for $30,000 per trainee), Rural Electrification Administration (its mission was over in the 1950s but it keeps on draining taxpayers), Legal Services Corporation (its tax-financed lawyers sue state and local governments on behalf of violent criminals evicted from public housing), and so forth. Bookseller Inventory # 74798

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Title: The Freedom Revolution; The New Republican ...

Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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Majority Leader Dick Armey explains the collapse of the Left and offers a prescription for the future of Republican leadership.

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Each of these three books presents a blueprint to achieve the goals of the current political mood?making government smaller and more accountable. Their argument is basically the same: the smaller the government, the closer it is to the people and therefore the better it is. They also tout many of the same ideas: a flat income tax, welfare reform, school choice, deregulation, and privatization. Each book, however, has its own characteristics. House Majority Leader Armey (R-Texas), one of the authors of the Republican Party's "Contract with America," argues that the 1994 election, which gave Republicans control of Congress for the first time since the 1940s, was a mandate to put the provisos of the contract into place. Armey also gives details of his own life and political ideology and spells out his proposals for a flat income tax and other initiatives. Since the Contract with America will continue to be debated by Congress, this is an important work for anyone interested in the current political climate. Eggers and O'Leary, members of the Reason Foundation, discuss initiatives taken by local and state governments to privatize and streamline bureaucracies. They provide excellent case studies of these mechanisms and present a compelling argument that, given the right personnel, government services can be improved and savings achieved. Their book is important because it provides clues as to how some local and state governments will handle the block grants currently under discussion in Washington. Pinkerton, a former aide in the Bush administration, presents a rather extreme view of the changes he claims need to be made. He believes that the current political and economic course will result in the desolate worlds described by "cyberpunks" in science fiction literature. Because government provides such shoddy service, those who can afford it will pay to have a sort of secondary government?private security guards, tutors for education, and the like?while the poor and disassociated will have access to little or no quality services. Thus, he claims, a new paradigm is needed, and he espouses many of the same ideas as Armey. His premise is somewhat questionable, but he gives a decent history of how we got where we are and delineates many of the ideas currently being debated. Pinkerton's book is recommended for academic collections, while The Freedom Revolution and Revolution at the Roots are recommended for all collections.?Patricia Hatch, Emmanuel Coll., Boston. Ma.
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