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Mirage: Why Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Can Balance the Budget, End the Deficit, and Satisfy the Public

Hager, George, and Pianin, Eric

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ISBN 10: 0812924525 / ISBN 13: 9780812924527
Published by Times Books, New York, 1997
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25 cm, 337, acid-free paper, note on sources, index. Inscribed by both co-authors. Discussion of the American political parties and their politicians' oft-bespoken promises to balance the U.S. budget. How and why the promises always come to naught--only to be replaced by new promises--and what the average citizen can do. Bookseller Inventory # 43348

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Title: Mirage: Why Neither Democrats Nor ...

Publisher: Times Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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In Mirage, Eric Pianin and George Hager tell the behind-the-scenes story of the repeated efforts to balance the budget and reduce the deficit: how America got into this mess and why every attempt over the past two decades to get us out has failed.  It is a story of wishful thinking compounded by a chronic failure of leadership -- from Ronald Reagan's something-for-nothing plan to reduce the deficit to Bill Clinton's missed opportunity to enact a deficit plan that would really work instead of making of a modest effort that would spend vast amounts of political capital just to make a dent in the problem.  And it is a warning that American democracy may finally have found, in the budget and the deficit, a challenge it simply cannot meet. The American political system, so adept at reacting to crises and giving people what they want in the short run, is ultimately unable to manage the long-term sacrifice needed to address the budget problem.

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"... a hard-hitting scorecard for the shortcomings, evasions and wishful thinking of Democrats as well as Republicans' budget-reduction plans. Hager and Pianin's penetrating examination of the volatility of deficit politics reveals the sharply divergent visions of the role the federal government should play in society."
-- Publishers Weekly

"In depicting responsible governing checkmated by partisan sniping, the authors present a true-life spectacle as funny as a Gillbert and Sullivan operetta and as painful as root canal."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Eminently readable and accessible."
-- Library Journal

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