A Time for Governing: Policy Solutions from the Pages of National Affairs

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-08
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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America finds itself in a moment of profound and complex governing challenges. A crushing recession followed by a feeble recovery have shaken the foundations of our financial and economic system. We are struggling with the exploding costs of health-care and entitlement spending, and fiscal disaster looms as our society ages. American families are anxious about wage stagnation, barriers to social mobility, and the nation's competitiveness in an era of globalization. Meanwhile, our large governing institutions most of them designed several decades ago are showing signs of strain and decay, calling out for serious reform. National Affairs, a quarterly journal of essays on domestic policy and political economy, was launched in 2009 to help Americans think more clearly about these problems and to develop promising solutions. This book is a collection of some of the most timely and concrete policy proposals published in the journal's pages, offering ideas for reforming our welfare state, our tax system, financial regulation, monetary policy, education, state finances, and more. Each essay was written by a prominent expert in the fieldthe authors are all notable right-leaning academics, policy experts, former government officials, or think tank scholars with national reputations. The book thus comprises a ready-made domestic policy agenda for conservative policymakers (including a Republican president, should one be elected in 2012), based on the latest and best thinking from the world of conservative policy intellectuals. It will be the only resource of its kind in this election yeara one-stop-shop for conservative policy ideas.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
America's Challenge
Beyond the Welfare Statep. 3
Keeping America's Edgep. 21
Reforming the Welfare State
How to Replace Obamacarep. 43
How to Cover Pre-existing Conditionsp. 62
How to Fix Medicarep. 79
How to Fix Medicaidp. 100
How to Fix Social Securityp. 116
How to Get Means Testing Rightp. 129
Tax Reform
How to Think about the Tax Codep. 147
How to Fix the Tax Codep. 162
Financial and Monetary Reform
How to Regulate Risk on Wall Streetp. 179
How to Regulate Bank Capitalp. 194
How to Reform Monetary Policyp. 211
Education Reform
How to Modernize Our School Systemp. 231
How to Think about School Choicep. 247
Reforming State Finances
How to Address the State Fiscal Crisisp. 269
How to Dodge the Pension Disasterp. 290
How to Approach Public Sector Unionsp. 308
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