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The People's Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt (English Edition) par [Rasmussen, Scott]
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“Rasmussen’s book makes it clear that voters do understand [the reality of the problems we face] and have given considerable thought to what changes would work. . . . Offers realistic solutions to our most pressing problems—both financially and politically.”

—Dick Morris, New York Times bestselling author of Screwed! and former advisor to President Bill Clinton

“A really fascinating read.”

“Fortunately, at least one prominent assayer of public opinion has taken a good look at [polling practices] and is screaming, ‘Pollster, heal thyself!’ . . . Rasmussen looks at America’s dire fiscal predicament through the lens of . . . a simple, neglected insight: Polling voters about broad political sentiments is very different from polling them about specific policy solutions.”

The Weekly Standard

Présentation de l'éditeur

When it comes to the economy, American voters can no longer count on the Political Class. We are the ones who truly want progress, and—despite what politicians would lead us to believe—we are the only ones willing to make the difficult but necessary changes that willrestore our country’s fiscal sanity.

For years, Americans have elected candidates who promise to reduce spending. Yet spending has steadily increased for more than half a century. For just as long, politicians have blamed voters, claiming a lack of public support for the necessary cuts to reduce the budget deficit. On the contrary, evidence suggests that voters are far more willing than politicians to make the compromises to eliminate this massive burden from future generations. Now, influential political analyst Scott Rasmussen, one of the most recognized public opinion pollsters in America, proves that our politicians are intentionally perpetrating a flat-out lie about their short-sighted and destructive economic choices and our hard-earned money.
     In The People’s Money, Rasmussen explores clear-headed, responsible, and reasonable ways to eliminate a deficit that is much larger than politicians would have us believe—$123 trillion and counting—all with the vast support of the American people. This is Rasmussen on:

·The bailouts—the cause and effects, and the catalyst that fueled the current era of discontent
·National defense—and the $100 billion annual cost that could be erased today with absolutely no threat to security
·Social security—and a plan that could not only reduce spending by trillions of dollars but offer a more satisfying plan for retirees
·Tax burdens—and the truth behind the changes Americans are willing to make for the sake of their country
·Government payroll—and the commonsense cuts that are necessary
·Health care—and why the current plans, from both Republicans and Democrats, are financially unhealthy

     Drawing on a comprehensive review of history, revelatory budgetary documents, and enlightening public opinion polls, Rasmussen lays out a step-by-step budget that could wipe out trillions from the national debt. It’s his job to call on the American people for their opinion. Resoundingly, they have called back with a collective voice that is at once hopeful, frustrated, honest, and angry. If only the American Political Class would listen. Until then, The People’s Money is a call to arms for the people to be heard, an ultimatum for a grossly out-of-touch American political system, and one of the most provocative, important, informed, and yet hopeful books on the economic state of the country yet written.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 290 pages
  • Editeur : Threshold Editions (31 janvier 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't see this happening 4 avril 2017
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Every other sentence is loaded up with a statistic. Far too many references compared to the point of the section. I would say the basic premise of the book are just not going to ever happen. Given we have a ton of self interest to add into any change I just can't see the authors dreams ever coming true.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Insightful Look at Federal Finances 12 octobre 2013
Par P. Hinson - Publié sur
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If you are like many sensible and sane Americans these days, you have watched in horror and amazement as our federal government has lurched almost totally out of control financially. There seems to be no adult supervision in Washington. If those sentiments seem familiar, then Rasmussen has written a book that will enlighten and encourage you. He confronts head-on the notion that voters only support spending cuts in the abstract, but when you propose that specific programs be cut, it is a different story. Rasmussen views that as a cop-out on the part of the Washington elites, who are masters at evading responsibility for the decisions they make. In fact, Rasmussen identifies about 10 or 12 that are not only sensible, common sense reforms, but which he is confident that the public would support. His background as a well-respected pollster comes in quite handy in this regard.

Rasmussen also correctly identifies the primary obstacle in getting many of these reforms passed – “the political ruling class”, as he refers to them. Rasmussen has probably done more in-depth analysis of the ever widening gap between the public and their elected representatives than anyone in America today. His view is that that gap is wider today than at any time since the colonialists rebelled against King George of England. Fortunately, that gap is coming under increasing scrutiny from some perceptive book authors and there is quite a bit of incisive (and deeply disturbing) information out there. I have personally read So Damn Much Money (Robert Kaiser), Throw Them All Out (Peter Schweizer), Capital Punishment (Jack Abramoff), Republic, Lost by Lawrence Lessig and This Town (Mark Leibovich). Of course, this gets scant attention by the “mainstream media” because they are part of the inner circle. This group, consisting of members of congress (both houses/both parties), their staffs, influence peddlers (also known as lobbyists), the national political media and the big money special interests. Rasmussen refers to that group as “the political ruling class”, Leibovich calls then “the club” and I refer to them as the 1/10 of 1% who have hi-jacked our representative form of democracy from the other 99.9% of us.

The book is well organized and clearly written. It would be easy for a book like this to get the readers “lost in the weeds”, but Rasmussen is a gifted writer, among other things. He moves through a whole array of areas that are past due for reform and proposes thoughtful and effective reforms which would save billions – Social Security and Medicare, healthcare, defense, etc. There is just enough data in the form of tables and charts to give the reader a proper sense of scale and perspective, but not so much to put you to sleep. Then he pulls all of his recommendations together at the end of the book and shows how much money they would save the federal budget in the aggregate. The net result is that we could have the federal budget in balance in ten years and the enormous unfunded liabilities of SS & Medicare could be dramatically reduced to the point that we would be on a glide path toward eliminating them within a short period after ten years. If you had told me before I read the book that such an achievement was possible without draconian cuts that would never be supported politically (and without fundamental tax reform), I would have thought you crazy.

The one area of the book that I found deficient was Chapter six – What the Voters Would Do About Taxes. Rasmussen suggested reforms to the payroll taxes for SS & Medicare in other chapters which are big parts of his overall strategy to reform those two vital social safety net programs. However, he seems to think that maintaining the income tax system in its current form is pretty much inevitable. He cites a New York Times article which stated that “economists across the political spectrum say a consumption tax may be inevitable” but says that only 22% of the public supports that idea. I would be willing to bet that support would be MUCH higher if voters understood that there is a proposal which would

(a) Replace the entire income tax system, both corporate and individual as well as capital gains and estate and gift taxes, and
(b) It would enormously stimulate the economy and create millions of good paying jobs

Much of the opposition that Mr. Rasmussen has found is related to the notion of layering an additional consumption tax on top of the current broadly unpopular income tax system. In addition, if the voters understood that there is no bill in congress which would stimulate the economy on the scale that the FairTax (HR 25/S 122) would, those poll numbers would be completely different.

It isn’t clear to me what economic growth assumptions are incorporated into Mr. Rasmussen’s forecasts. Since he did not specify, I assume that he used a static analysis – in essence 0% growth. However, if you were to combine his significant decreases in the rate of spending growth with the FairTax (which would lead to double digit GDP growth during the first few years after implementation), the results would be truly amazing. The reasons that the FairTax would create dramatic economic stimulus are beyond the scope of a book review on Rasmussen’s book. Suffice it to say that The United States of American has quite probably the worst tax system on the planet from the standpoint of global competitiveness at a point in history when global competition is increasing with each passing year and many students of world trends have referred to the 21st century as the globalization century. When we refer to ours as the planet’s worst from a global competitiveness standpoint, we are referring to the structure of the tax system, not the overall tax burden.

Rasmussen’s book is an important one that should be read by every thinking American.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Obama has accelerated a Hegelian shift. 29 octobre 2012
Par Eugene A Jewett - Publié sur
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We already borrow 40 cents of every dollar of government spending (read politicians buying votes from constituent groups) as we run out of other people's money. Relative to the declining incomes and insufficiently funded pensions of the financially battered middle class this book suggests a big shake-up a'coming.

If we were - as a nation - a big pinball machine, the tilt indicator would be flashing red right about now. In this book Rasmussen shows you what might, can, could, and probably will happen; a great counterpoint to the misinformation we get from the MSM!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book on that analysis of various aspects of our political system 6 février 2013
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The author has analyzed a large amount of polling data and he has analyzed this large amount of data to discuss several political issues. The reading is very direct and understandable. He expresses the results clearly and references the polls at the bottom of each page. I find it a good reference on how the polls show the mood and interest of the people of this country.. Well worth reading.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The public's real thinking 13 novembre 2012
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Scott is able to deliver a completely different public opinion, far from what we think the "public" wants. He's in a position to know as a nationally recognized pollster. He's able to show us in his book clearly why change must happen within the political class and how Washington has deceived the public the last 40 years.
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