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The real state of the Union : from the best minds in America, bold solutions to the problems politicians dare not address
Halstead, Ted.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
The state of the Union moment / James Fallows -- The American paradox / Ted Halstead -- Broadening the middle class -- Are we still a middle-class nation? / Michael Lind -- One-dimensional growth / David Friedman -- Spendthrift nation / Michael Calabrese and Maya MacGuineas -- Americas "Suez moment" / Sherle R. Schwenninger -- Rethinking taxes and governance -- Radical tax reform / Maya MacGuineas -- Up in the air / Michael Calabrese and J.H. Snider -- Taking stock / Jonathan Rauch -- The fuel subsidy we need / Ricardo Bayon -- Helping American families -- The insecure family / Jacob S. Hacker -- The parent trap / Karen Kornbluh -- The $6,000 solution / Ray Boshara -- The black gender gap / Katherine Boo -- Reinventing education -- A grand compromise / James P. Pinkerton -- A new deal for teachers / Matthew Miller -- The tuition crunch / Jennifer Washburn -- A new health care paradigm -- The overtreated American / Shannon Brownlee -- Insurance required / Laurie Rubiner -- Aging productively / Phillip J. Longman -- America's changing demographic landscape -- The new continental divide / Michael Lind -- Mongrel America / Gregory Rodriguez -- Alienated Muslims / Geneive Abdo -- Testing our civic health -- The angry American / Paul Starobin -- Suspicious minds / Jedediah Purdy -- Overflowing jails / Margaret Talbot -- America and the world -- Beyond dominance / Sherle R. Schwenninger -- Opportunity missed / Michael Lind -- The population implosion / Phillip J. Longman -- Democracy in the Islamic world / Noah Feldman -- Nation-building 101 / Francis Fukuyama -- Conclusion -- Dysfunctional duopoly / Ted Halstead.
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Resulting from a collaboration between The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation, The Real State of the Union features 18 original essays on the most important facets of our national well-being. Written by many of our nation's most insightful observers, the essays provide an objective and penetrating analysis of the most critical challenges facing America as well as innovative solutions to many of them.The State of the Union Address is among the nation's oldest rituals, but one that has deviated from its original purpose: Rather than a candid assessment of the country or a meaningful self-evaluation by the current administration, it has become a political spectacle marked by self-congratulation and spin. The Real State of the Union seeks to turn an empty exercise into a more meaningful national dialogue about the social, political, and economic health of our country. Rejecting the political correctness of both parties, this volume tells the American public whatit needs to know about the real problems that plague the country and why the political solutions that are offered too often fail to address the real nature of those problems.

Author Notes

The creator and director of the New America Foundation, Ted Halstead is recognized as one of the leading spokespersons for a new generation of technically savvy and politically progressive Americans. He lives in Washington, D.C.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

A wordy title for a wordy volume, and a title that broaches the difficulty of the book itself: that is, that many of the solutions found in these essays, though thoughtful, would never be deemed politic in our current political discourse. This book stems from the Atlantic Monthly's now seemingly annual January State of the Union issue, with a few original essays thrown in on the impending 2004 presidential election. Essayists includes James Fallows, Michael Lind, Fareed Zakaria, Jedediah Purdy, and Margaret Talbot, who, together with others, tackle such issues as reform of public education, a system of fairer taxation, and improving health care. Other essays look into America's mestizo future, as intermarriage among members of ethnic and racial groups increases; reforming prisons to rehabilitate and not just punish criminals; and the creating\b a post-agrarian heartland peopled by technocrats and service-economy workers to counter the deterioration of the interior of the nation into a vast poverty belt. In sum, this is a volume that offers original solutions for tough times. --Allen Weakland Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Ted HalsteadJames FallowsTed HalsteadMichael LindDavid FriedmanMichael Calabrese and Maya MacGuineasSherle R. SchwenningerMaya MacGuineasMichael Calabrese and J. H. SniderJonathan RauchRicardo BayonJacob S. HackerKaren KornbluhRay BosharaKatherine BooJames P. PinkertonMatthew MillerJennifer WashburnShannon BrownleeLaurie RubinerPhillip J. LongmanMichael LindGregory RodriguezGeneive AbdoPaul StarobinJedediah PurdyMargaret TalbotSherle R. SchwenningerMichael LindPhillip J. LongmanNoah FeldmanFrancis FukuyamaTed Halstead
Prefacep. ix
1 The State of the Union Momentp. 3
2 The American Paradoxp. 7
Broadening the Middle Class
3 Are We Still a Middle-Class Nation?p. 15
4 One-Dimensional Growthp. 27
5 Spendthrift Nationp. 34
6 America's "Suez Moment"p. 43
Rethinking Taxes and Governance
7 Radical Tax Reformp. 51
8 Up in the Airp. 63
9 Taking Stockp. 71
10 The Fuel Subsidy We Needp. 78
Helping American Families
11 The Insecure Familyp. 85
12 The Parent Trapp. 92
13 The $6,000 Solutionp. 97
14 The Black Gender Gapp. 102
Reinventing Education
15 A Grand Compromisep. 111
16 A New Deal for Teachersp. 116
17 The Tuition Crunchp. 123
A New Health Care Paradigm
18 The Overtreated Americanp. 129
19 Insurance Requiredp. 139
20 Aging Productivelyp. 145
America's Changing Demographic Landscape
21 The New Continental Dividep. 155
22 Mongrel Americap. 162
23 Alienated Muslimsp. 167
Testing our Civic Health
24 The Angry Americanp. 175
25 Suspicious Mindsp. 185
26 Overflowing Jailsp. 191
America and the World
27 Beyond Dominancep. 199
28 Opportunity Missedp. 217
29 The Population Implosionp. 229
30 Democracy in the Islamic Worldp. 242
31 Nation-Building 101p. 250
32 Dysfunctional Duopolyp. 263
Contributorsp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Indexp. 281