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Last Call: 10 Commonsense Solutions to America's Biggest Problems

Nelson, Rob

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ISBN 10: 0440509033 / ISBN 13: 9780440509035
Published by Dell, 2000
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Title: Last Call: 10 Commonsense Solutions to ...

Publisher: Dell

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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A dynamic prescription for change....You can make a difference--do you dare to try?

Violence in the schools. Ballooning national debt. Overwhelming voter apathy. The facts are inescapable: America is in crisis. Are you ready to be part of the solution?

In this groundbreaking book, Rob Nelson, the Fox News talk show host and renowned political activist, offers a radical prescription for change--a daring 10-step plan to reclaim our ideals and save America in the twenty-first century. Tackling the 10 biggest problems facing our country today, Nelson offers radical solutions--and more. He spares no one in his passionate call to action, offering revolutionary ideas on everything from taxes to prison reform, and explosive opinions on everyone from President Clinton to Congressman Joe Kennedy to media mogul Jann Wenner.

With daring and compassion, Nelson outlines a plan of action for anyone who dreams of a better tomorrow--and wants to help make it happen.

Are you ready to...

Throw out everybody in national office--and start again? See page 49.
Revamp the prison system--and redefine crime and punishment? See page 130.
Pay off the national debt via a national lottery? See page 196.
Cut poverty by 50% in the next ten years? See page 175.
Save social security with a radical but simple solution? See page 196.

Are you ready to reinvest in America, restore our future--and our faith in ourselves? Find out how in Last Call.

Review:

When the first 10 pages of a book on American politics mention Michael Stipe, Jann Wenner, Christian Slater, and the band Cracker, young readers have a right to be suspicious. Could this be yet another political spin artist talking down to them with pop-culture references?

Yes and no. Rob Nelson does sometimes rely on an unfortunate Rock the Vote slickness to carry his message, but the ideas in Last Call carry a little more depth. If anything about the book appeals to young people, it will be the radical bent of the author's "commonsense solutions," any one of which would probably keep a political candidate from ever being elected to office. Nelson is a political activist and former leader of the Gen-X advocacy group Lead or Leave, which in 1994 asked members of Congress to pledge that they would quit office unless they had chopped the federal deficit in half by 1996. In Last Call, he asks for more systemic changes: throw everyone out of Congress and start again; eliminate prison terms for all nonviolent property offenses; pay off the national debt by establishing a national lottery. "If we want to put America back on track," he declares, "we need something of a shakeup." These are words that will appeal to any youthful idealist. --Maria Dolan

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