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Why We Need Smart Government

for a Strong Economy

Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton gives his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters. He explains how we got into the current economic crisis and what kind of public policy needs to be pursued in order to get America back into the business of building a brighter future. He supports President Obama's emphasis on green technology and stresses the key to future growth is to have a strong private sector and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress.
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George W. Bush

President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions which shaped his presidency and his personal life during eight of the most consequential years in American history. He provides perspective and insights on the kinds of analysis which go into the decisions which get made in the Oval Office on behalf of the American people. 
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How Politicians and Their Friends
Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison

Peter Schweizer


Have you ever noticed how some politicians come into office in Washington with modest assets and yet in many cases they are later able to retire rich? How do they do that? They use crony capitalism -- they trade on the privileged information they receive in advance of the markets. It's time to clean house and restrict the political class's ability to make money doing things that are illegal for everyone else.
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A Bold Plan to Stop Washington
From Bankrupting America

Tom Coburn


The greatest threat to national security is not an external force but the Washington politicians who refuse to relinquish their intoxicating power to borrow and spend. Senator Coburn exposes the real problems inside our government and places responsibility squarely where it belongs. He also sets out a commonsense guide which can be used to restore order in the future so the United States of America can remain a beacon of opportunity for future generations.
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The Future is
Than You Think

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler


Humanity's greatest challenge and imperative is to provide abundance for all. Very soon, technology will allow society to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance is within our grasp thanks to exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces. This is a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and small groups of motivated individuals who are committed to making a difference.
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The Unmooring of American
Military Power

Rachel Maddow


MSNBC talk-show host Rachel Maddow traces the decades-long process of giving presidents dangerously convenient and unaccountable powers to commit the United States to war. She notes this is a direct contraciction of the Constitution of the United States which deliberately made it difficult for the sitting president to embark on military adventures. She also suggests a healthy political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's military strength and power is long overdue.
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