A Simple Government

A Simple Government

Twelve Things We Really Need From Washington (and A Trillion That We Don't!)

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"We need a simple government. Don't get me wrong; I know that many of the nation's problems are highly complex. But I also know that the governing principles that can solve them, if we work together, are simple."

Armed with little money but a lot of common sense, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee surprised the nation by coming in second during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He connected with millions of voters by calling for a smaller, simpler government that would get out of the way when appropriate. (Unfortunately, there weren't quite enough of those voters to prevent the election of Barack Obama.)

Since then, President Obama's message has morphed from "hope and change" to "tax and spend" and "borrow and spend" and "over-regulate and spend." The stimulus failed to stop the recession, the deficit exploded to unimaginable heights, and the Democrats jammed through Congress a financial "reform" bill that didn't really reform anything and a healthcare monstrosity that gave the government more power over our personal lives than ever.

Meanwhile, Huckabee has continued to be the voice of common sense conservatism, through his television talk show, his radio commentaries, and his lectures around the country. Now he's written a book that sums up the twelve things we really need from Washington to get the country back on the right track.

These twelve essential truths will have you nodding in agreement, whether you're a Republican, an Independent, or even an open-minded Democrat. They can help us put aside our differences, tone down the partisan rancor, and return to the simple principles of the Founding Fathers: liberty, justice, personal freedom, and civic virtue. And they can help us tackle even the most seemingly complicated of today's problems. For instance:

* You can't spend what you don't have; you can't borrow what you can't pay back. Families, businesses, towns, cities, and states all have to balance their budgets or face dire consequences. Why shouldn't the federal government be held to the same standard? And if that means making some hard choices now, it's a far better alternative than saddling our kids and grandkids. * The further you drift from shore, the more likely you are to be lost at sea. The Founders expected the federal government to be subordinate to state and local governments. How can politicians in DC know the best way to help farmers in Iowa, autoworkers in Michigan, or teachers in California? They can't. So every problem should be solved at the most local level capable of solving it.

* Bullies in the playground only understand one thing. There's a time and place for diplomacy, but we can't protect the country just by negotiating with our enemies. We need a strong national defense and a counterterrorism policy that focuses on effectiveness, not political correctness.

* The most important form of government is the family. In the long run, the only way to ensure prosperity, safety, and equal opportunity is to make sure we raise our children to be ethical and productive citizens. No bureaucracy can replace parents in that essential role, so we have to do everything possible to help parents do their job.

A Simple Government will inspire any American looking forward to a better future.



Baker & Taylor
An optimistic manifesto for America’s future government by the former presidential candidate and author of Do the Right Thing outlines recommendations for upholding the nation’s founding principles and overcoming election-focused politics.

Book News
Author Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, now hosts popular television and radio talk shows. Here, he advocates applying 12 commonsense principles for transforming government, with one chapter devoted to each principle. Writing in plain language for general readers, he argues in favor of a return to family values and local government, control of spending and debt, a simplified taxation system, immigration reform, and a strong approach to terrorism. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
"We need a simple government. Don't get me wrong; I know that many of the nation's problems are highly complex. But I also know that the governing principles that can solve them, if we work together, are simple."

Armed with little money but a lot of common sense, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee surprised the nation by coming in second during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He connected with millions of voters by calling for a smaller, simpler government that would get out of the way when appropriate. (Unfortunately, there weren't quite enough of those voters to prevent the election of Barack Obama.)

Since then, President Obama's message has morphed from "hope and change" to "tax and spend" and "borrow and spend" and "overregulate and spend." The stimulus failed to stop the recession, the deficit exploded to unimaginable heights, and the Democrats jammed through a financial "reform" bill that didn't really reform anything and a health-care monstrosity that gave the government more power over our personal lives than ever.

Meanwhile, Huckabee has continued to be the voice of commonsense conservatism through his television talk show, his radio commentaries, and his lectures around the country Now he's written a book that sums up the twelve things we really need from Washington to get the country back on the right track.

These twelve essential truths will have you nodding in agreement whether you're a Republican, an Independent, or even an open-minded Democrat. They can help us put aside our differences, tone down the partisan rancor, and return to the simple principles of the Founding Fathers: liberty, justice, personal freedom, and civic virtue. And they can help us tackle even the most seemingly complicated of today's problems.

You can't spend what you don't have; you can't borrow what you can't pay back. Families, businesses, towns, cities, and states all have to balance their budgets or face dire consequences. Why shouldn't the federal government be held to the same standard? And if that means making some hard choices now, it's far better than burdening our kids and grandkids.

A Simple Government will inspire any American looking forward to a better future.

Baker
& Taylor

An optimistic manifesto for America's future government by the former presidential candidate outlines recommendations for upholding the nation's founding principles and overcoming election-focused politics.

Publisher: New York : Sentinel, 2011
ISBN: 9781595230737
1595230734
Characteristics: x, 228 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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LRS1969 Feb 03, 2015

Lies and rhetoric is WAY too mild.

Pure pseudoscience / pseudohistory garbage.

I can see why he is already dropping like a rock in early current presidential polling for the GOP.

Simply not trustworthy.

John 8:32

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naturalist
Nov 26, 2013

typical Sentinel conservative bias. The publisher's website: ...http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/adult/sentinel.html
and,
Huckabee wants to be president to fight the “secular theocracy.”
read more at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2015/01/huckabee-wants-to-be-president-to-fight-the-secular-theocracy/#ixzz3YouwYdcH .
and,
look up:
Isaac Backus 1724-1806, a leading Baptist preacher during the era of the American Revolution who campaigned against state-established churches in New England. starting with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Backus
and,
John Leland 1754-1841, especially his 1791 sermon titled The Rights of Conscience Inalienable,
“Government has no more to do with the religious opinions of men than it has with the principles of mathematics. Let every man speak freely without fear, maintain the principles that he believes, worship according to his own faith, either one God, three Gods, no God or twenty Gods; and let government protect him in so doing….”
and,
"The notion of a Christian commonwealth should be exploded forever...Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians." - A Chronicle of His Time in Virginia. starting with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leland_(Baptist)#Excerpts_from_his_writings

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fmaack
Jul 08, 2011

A lot of LIES and rhetoric. Why would anyone want to read this?

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