Presentl, all of his solutions are near impossible ( Constitutional amendments on term limits, changing House terms to four years, eliminating all campaign contributions except the individual one), but both are not.Roberts packages his thoughts into short chapters on partisanship, citizenship, civic duty, economics ( very high level, folks, do n't orry), healthcare, and everal more topics.
Thi left does n't really govern in the same way save to try to forestall or undo the damages of the not-left.Takeaways ... In his irst chapter, titled " Unity ", Roberts says that " American unity is the most powerfu force the world has ever seen " and demonstrate that with quick stories of Washington, Lincoln and FDR.
The pendulum swings to the ight, and he top twenty percent of the country gets tax breaks.From my armchair, the " handouts ".
It means that the country comes before party and ideology and profit.This should be the epigraph.
Or an epigraph.In " The Most Important Election ", Roberts says, " Let 's stop having the conversations politicians want us to ave. " Oh, such wishful thinking.
it wo n't happen in my lifetime.I really liked his " Civic Duty " chapter, though I questioned again word choice in the intro: " The time has come to look away from political leaders as role models. " I ca n't think of anyone in the last 58.5 years in politics who is a role model ( even President Obama), and when the interweb obsesses over royals, entertainment and sports figures, I 'm not sure who does.
Practicall, Roberts lists and describes 17 duties, which I wo n't relist here, but th few are " Remember that government money is taxpayer money ", " So pay your taxes ", " Never forget that you 've paid you taxes ", " Have a plan for continuous improvement " ( that happens to hav a moral imperative in my life lesson list), " Take an interest in politics ", " Do n't be partisan " Taking a partisan view of issues is n't a battle you can win, nor is it your fight anyway.
Fact-check the things you see and hear and remember that there is likely an agenda behind all the noise.Ah ... fact-checking ... an exercise reserved to the elite, no? An excellent discussion that should et in the craw of every human ( I use that term specifically ... humans are rarer than you think) is in Roberts' chapter on " Hyphenated America " .We use it without thinking ( and do n't remark on it when no one does).
My question is usually " I grew up in Connecticut, but I 'm an American. " Roberts says it 's time to drop the hyphens.
He said of the bill, the insurance discounted amount, his out of pocket expenses, and the loss of tax revenue associated with the lost incomes of the healthcare provider, ...
Roberts concludes with another wishful thought: " Government can do a lot of things that impact their citizens' daily lives.
Making healthcare accessible to all is among the most important. " And he te that the corporate citizens will do everything to stop, and one party abets.Another choice of words: " Americans no longer think of Congress as a pantheon of heroes the way we do our presidents. " Recoil ... that sentence flies in the face of all things reasonable.
But that 's me.Roberts says " The United States of America, as originally designed, works. " Hear, hear.