Big Ideas for Change in America
by Rahm Emanuel & Bruce Reed
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Rahm Emanuel is the mayor of Chicago. But he wrote this book while he was a member of Congress. In between those two, he served as Pres. Obama's chief of staff, which is the highest post one can have and not be in the Cabinet.
Emanuel served Obama primarily as a strategist -- i.e., a political role rather than a policy-making role. He falls into the category of politician known as "bulldog" -- he gets things done by brashly pushing things through. Emanuel is perhaps most famous for cussing explicitly and frequently (but not in this book!).
Emanuel is a populist liberal, while Obama is a progressive. Emanuel believes that government can solve many more problems than Obama believes. In particular, Emanuel believes in the War on Terror, and in building up the armed forces as the means to "win" that war (p. 150). Progressives like Obama don't like the term "war" applied to terrorism at all. Emanuel also believes in "universal service", which means all young people would be drafted into civilian service (but it's not a "draft" since it's not military, in Emanuel's view; pp. 58-60).
The title of the book refers to a "new social contract" that Emanuel lays out on pp. 52-53, which serves as the framework for the rest of the book. Summarizing Emanuel's Plan:
- A new social contract--universal citizen service, universal college access, universal retirement savings, and universal children's health care--that makes clear what you can do for your country and what your country can do for you.
- A return to fiscal responsibility and an end to corporate welfare as we know it.
- Tax reform to help those who aren't wealthy build wealth.
- A new strategy to use all America's strengths to win the war on terror.
- A Hybrid Economy that cuts America's gasoline consumption in half over the next decade.
Presumably Emanuel has another Plan, for his own personal political future. He left a powerful White House position to run for mayor of Chicago. That gives him "executive experience," as the politicians call it, which is a credential usually reserved for governors but also gets bestowed on mayors of very large cities, such as Rudy Giuliani of NYC. He also has legislative experience and White House experience -- a strong combination to run for president some day. So stay tuned....
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@Massscorecard.org, Dec. 2011
| Massscorecard.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Increase college graduation rates, like all other countries.
Provide more choices within the public school system.
Energy & Oil|
Usher in a Hybrid Economy in American cars.
Backing away from Kyoto was policy error & economic error.
Build new arrangements for the new economic era.
Universal healthcare is not out of reach.
Universal civilian service for all young Americans.
We cannot win the War on Terror without more troops.
Principles & Values|
The Plan: new social contract for a changed world.
Help people build a nest egg outside Social Security.
Overhaul tax code for those who NEED wealth.
Bring America's healthcare system into the 21st century.
War & Peace|
Iraq stretched our troops thin too thin for Afghan success.
The above quotations are from The Plan
Big Ideas for Change in America
by Rahm Emanuel & Bruce Reed.
Books by and about Cabinet Members:
- Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by Charlyne Berens
- Between Worlds, by Gov. Bill Richardson, Secretary of Commerce-designee
- Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, by Sen. Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health & Human Services-designee
- Dreams from My Father:, by Sen. Barack Obama, President-elect
- It Takes A Village, by Sen. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State-designee
- Leading by Example, by Gov. Bill Richardson, Secretary of Commerce-designee
- Like No Other Time: The Two Years That Changed America, by Sen. Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health & Human Services-designee
- Living History, by Sen. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State-designee
- Profiles In Courage, by John F. Kennedy
- Profiles In Courage For Our Time, by Caroline Kennedy, including chapter on Rep. Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor-designee
- Promises to Keep, by Sen. Joe Biden, Vice President-elect
- The Audacity of Hope, by Sen. Barack Obama, President-elect
- No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice (2011)
- My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, by Condoleezza Rice (2012)
- The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America, by Rahm Emanuel
- The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless, by Naftali Bendavid; profiling Rep. Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff
- For the Record, by Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan