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Had enough? : a handbook for fighting back
Carville, James.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2003]

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xiii, 306 pages ; 20 cm
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Have you had enough of George W. Bush and the Republican right? Are you sick and tired of the tax-cutting, environment-desecrating, secret-keeping, influence-peddling, war-mongering, free speech-hating hypocrites who occupy America's halls of power? If so, you have company -- James Carville.Like James Carville, America has been bruised and battered by the Republicans who are running our country and running it into the ground. The Bush administration has squandered a five-trillion-dollar surplus and created a five-trillion-dollar projected deficit. Their tax cut for the rich was supposed to create jobs -- but instead America has lost more than three million of them. This administration was supposed to bring honor and dignity to the White House but instead brought lies, leaks, secrecy, and fear. They promised to make the country stronger and safer but instead they've left us overstretched, isolated, and insecure.And Carville has had enough.InHad Enough'the legendary political adviser comes out of his corner swinging, taking on the Bush White House and the Republican leaders in Congress on every front -- from the economy to education to foreign affairs. But he doesn't just attack; he lays out constructive "had enough" solutions for healing the damage done by the Republicans and helping disheartened Democrats get back on their feet. In addition, he offers "Ten Rules for Progressives to Live By" and a new War Room mantra for a new era.Had Enough'is a rousing handbook for taking back the country, for fighting back the right wing, and for returning the power to the people.

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Booklist Review

James Carville has had enough, and though most of what he's had enough of begins with Bush, he's not too thrilled with the Democrats either, especially their propensity to roll over like puppies. He wants to take back the country from tax-cutting, environment-desecrating, secret-keeping, influence-peddling, warmongering, free-speech-hating, hypocritical right-wing goofballs. Got a plan,ames? Why, yes, he does, and where other Bush-bashing tomes are heavy on the rant and light on the fix, Carville offers progressives their own road map to getting the country moving in the right direction, including ways to fix campaign funding, reform corporations, and restructure entitlements. Candidates who would spend good money for Carville's thoughts can find them here for the price of the book. But don't think he neglects the rant. Along with facts, figures, and interesting arguments, there's swearing, sarcasm, and trashing of well-known conservatives, from Dennis Miller to Bill Bennett. If all that's not enough, the book includes tasty-sounding recipes, too. They make a nice respite from the ragin' Cajun on the warpath. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

For liberals who think Al Franken and Michael Moore show too much restraint, the Ragin' Cajun launches another no-holds-barred assault on the conservative powers-that-be. Carville's shtick remains intact, so the political commentary is saturated with jokes about being married to a Republican, stories about his family down in Louisiana and recipes for barbecue shrimp and bread pudding. But if you thought he was mad before, wait until Carville tears into George W. Bush and his administration. Not content with merely attacking Bush's Iraqi war strategy, Carville denigrates the entire war on terrorism, reminding readers that Senate Democrats proposed tougher homeland security proposals that the president consistently rejected. He also suggests that not only could Gore have handled 9/11 better, it probably wouldn't even have happened. And he's just getting started at that point, gearing up for tough criticism of tax cuts, school vouchers, tort reform and other GOP policies. But finger-pointing isn't enough; Carville provides a "nice little progressive playbook" of counterstrategies to rebuild economically and socially the way he says only Democrats can. It's hard to tell sometimes whether he's putting on his pitbull act: the "fuel or freedom" tax on SUV owners is probably satirical, but a full ban on contributions to incumbent congresspeople is so radical it's got to be serious. As Howard Dean recently proved, Democratic candidates still turn to Carville for talking points, so don't be surprised to see some of these proposals raised on the campaign trail next year. (Dec. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

If you, too, have had enough of failed (Republican) policies, here's what to do. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Prologue I don't know about you, but I've had enough of the whole damn thing. I've had enough of losing elections. I've had enough of losing arguments. I've had enough of seeing Americans losing their jobs. Heck, I've had enough of losing my hair. I've had enough of calling some B-rate cowboy my commander in Chief. I've had enough of the broken promises, the unnecessary secrecy, and the lying to the American people. I've had enough of people saying government doesn't work -- when, for them, it's working like a charm. I've had enough of giving millionaires like Dick Cheney and myself tax breaks and giving America's kids a mountain of debt. I've had enough of being hated around the world because I'm an American. Oh, but my frustration is an equal-opportunity thing. I've had enough of Democrats rolling over and thinking that you can appease George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay, and that whole gang of Keystone Kops who are running America today. I've had enough of seeing our ideas stolen, then bastardized, then used to beat us over the head so hard that we stop thinking straight and what should be cries of outrage become pitiful whimpers. I've had enough of people coming up to me on street corners, in hotel lobbies, in airports, and whining to me about how bad things are. Believe me, I know. I've had enough of a press too scared and pathetic to ask a follow-up question. I've had enough of the blowhards on cable TV, and the self-righteous anger I hear from people whose only accomplishment in life is their ability to turn the dial on an AM radio. Tell you what, I've had enough of having enough. In fact, there's only one thing in this world aside from the love of my wife and two daughters that gives me comfort right now, and it is this: If you're picking up this book, you've probably had enough, too. Rest assured, there are a lot of people who are as fed up as you and me. And most of them want to do something about it. But here's the problem: they're just sitting there, taking it. Sure, maybe you throw your shoe at the TV sometimes. But that doesn't accomplish anything, unless you count seeing a tread mark on Bill O'Reilly's face as progress. It's time to quit stewing, steaming, and taking abuse, and start taking action. We need to take back our country from the tax-cutting, environment-desecrating, secret-keeping, influence-peddling, warmongering, free-speech-hating, hypocritical right-wing goofballs who are running things today. We need to say, "Enough is enough." We want our country back, and we intend to get it back. That's what this book is: it's a guide for taking back Congress, the White House, and America from the people running our country -- and running it into the ditch -- today. And we're not just going to rant, and rave, and criticize. We're going to put forward some fresh new ideas to make progressives stronger, and our country better. So consider the following pages a constructive outlet for your case of political road rage, and read on. Copyright (c) 2003 by James Carville Excerpted from Had Enough?: A Handbook for Fighting Back by Jeff Nussbaum All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Lesson of the Transgender Amendment
Part One "The Common Defence"
1 Homeland Security
2 Military and Foreign Policy
Part Two "The General Welfare"
3 Deficits Matter, Debts Matter, and They Matter a Lot
4 Tax Cuts: The Big Lie
Part Three "Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity"
5 Education
6 Environment and Energy
7 Health Care
Part Four "Establish Justice"
8 Carville's Campaign Finance Reform Proposal
9 Corporate Governance
10 The Myth of Tort Reform
Part Five "Insure Domestic Tranquillity"
11 "Those Damn Entitlements"
12 A Note on Lying
13 A Note on the Religious Right and Politics
14 A Note on Friends
15 Conclusion: "To form a more perfect Union"