Blueprint for America

Blueprint for America

by George P. Shultz (Editor)

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Overview

The American ability to inspire—which we call exceptionalism—is not automatic. It takes continued efforts to be realized in a changing world. In this book, scholars at the Hoover Institution—professors, thinkers, and practitioners of global renown in their respective fields—offer a series of accessible policy ideas for civic, economic, and security architecture that would shore up the long-term foundations of American strengths. Blueprint for America takes a beyond-the-Beltway look at the basic policies that should be prioritized by the next president and Congress. Economists Michael Boskin, John Cogan, John Cochrane, and John Taylor address questions of entitlement reform, deficits, monetary reform, national debt, and regulatory and tax reform. Scott Atlas draws on his experience in the practice of medicine to tackle the Affordable Care Act and propose incentive-based health care reforms. Cochrane returns to reframe the hot-button political discourses on immigration and international trade. Eric Hanushek addresses the current performance—and reform—of K–12 education. Retired admiral James Ellis, retired general Jim Mattis, and Kori Schake offer their visions of how to restore America’s national security through proactive and realistic agenda setting. Ellis follows with a rethink of energy security strategy in an era of abundance and James Goodby expounds on the country’s practice of diplomacy in a time of turbulent transition. George Shultz draws from his experiences in government, industry, and academia to lead off each section with a range of clear-eyed observations on spending, human resources, foreign policy, and, in conclusion, the art of governance. The spirit of Blueprint for America is positive and grounded in first principles, offering ideas, diagnoses, solutions, and road maps for the long view.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817919955
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 839,020
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the world of business. He is one of two individuals to have held four different federal cabinet posts; has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years was president of a major engineering and construction company. Shultz was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth US secretary of state, serving until January 20, 1989.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Domestic Landscape Michael J. Boskin 1

In Brief Spending George P. Shultz 15

Chapter 2 Entitlements and the Budget John F. Cogan 19

Chapter 3 A Blueprint for Tax Reform Michael J. Boskin 27

Chapter 4 Transformational Health Care Reform Scott W. Atlas 35

Chapter 5 Reforming Regulation Michael J. Boskin 51

Chapter 6 National and International Monetary Reform John B. Taylor 59

Chapter 7 A Blueprint for Effective Financial Reform John H. Cochrane 71

In Brief Our National Human Resources George P. Shultz 85

Chapter 8 Education and the Nation's Future Eric A. Hanushek 89

Chapter 9 Trade and Immigration John H. Cochrane 109

In Brief A World Awash in Change George P. Shultz 127

Chapter 10 Restoring Our National Security James O. Ellis Jr. James N. Mattis Kori Schake 137

Chapter 11 Redefining Energy Security James O. Ellis Jr. 151

Chapter 12 Diplomacy in a Time of Transition James E. Goodby 171

Closing Note: The Art and Practice of Governance George P. Shultz 187

Notes/References 193

Contributors 207

Index 213

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