Term Limits

b002f53lyu-01-lBook #25: Term Limits, Vince Flynn

The President’s budget is the brink of passage.  And this legislation is the latest manifestation of runaway, centralized government and out-of-control, wasteful spending.  But as leading politicians are whipping votes, the government is thrown into a tailspin when three prominent politicians are executed.  The ultimatum that follows complains of inflated government power and demands that power be returned back to the people.  One young congressman holds the key to unraveling the mystery.  This an interesting, fictional mystery thriller.  While this is not based on real events, it certainly highlights a growing concern in contemporary American life: that is the growth and lack of accountability of government.

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If You Can Keep It

4107e7gu95lBook #24: If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, Eric Metaxas

When asked whether the Constitutional Convention produced a republic or monarchy, Ben Franklin answered, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”  What seems obvious to us with the benefit of over 200 years hindsight was a fragile dream in the hearts and minds of our founders.  They realized that what they produced was something so completely different than had ever been tried that it’s very existence was subject careful, generational preservation.  And though we as a nation have survived many great trials, the preservation of what has made us as a nation unique is as fragile today as it was in the days of the founding.  If we do not safeguard this idea and pass the torch to the next generation, we are at risk of losing the very essence of what makes us American.

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So what do I think?  This is perhaps one of the best books that I have read this year and perhaps in the past few years.   Continue reading

Hostile Takeover

51fn7uvusllBook #23: Hostile Takeover, Matt Kibbe

In 2008 with the election of Barak Obama, our politics shifted strongly toward a liberal, progressive agenda.  But while certain policies have been noticeable in the last 8 years, our federal government has been growing substantially for the past century.  And through presidents like FDR, LBJ and now Barak Obama, we have seen the expanding size and scope of the federal government.  At it’s heart, is a political worldview that all can and should be managed from a centralized place and in a centralized manner.  But our country was founded on the principle of individual liberty and freedom.  We threw off the yolk of centralized government in 1776 and the war to follow.  It is this top down vs bottom up perspective of economics and politics that was at the heart of the debate then and is at the heart of the debate now.  And while we do not take up arms against our federal government, the Tea Party movement was the call of the American people to return to decentralized, market based politics.   This book offers a prescription for market based solutions to the challenges facing our country.  From medicare to social security utilizing the free market and decentralizing regulation will allow for better quality and greater affordability both to the U.S. government but also to each and every tax payer.

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