Showdown at Gucci Gulch


Author: Alan Murray
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307761746
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
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The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was the single most sweeping change in the history of America's income tax. It was also the best political and economic story of its time. Here, in the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Showdown at Gucci Gulch

Lawmakers, Lobbyists, and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform
Author: N.A
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780394758114
Category: Political Science
Page: 309
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Traces the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and describes the political forces that shaped it

Showdown at Gucci Gulch

Lawmakers, Lobbyists, and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform
Author: Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 309
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Informed by interviews with the politicians involved, this behind-the-scenes study traces the 1986 Tax Reform Act from its status as a political non-starter to an established fact

The Lobbyists

How Influence Peddlers Work Their Way in Washington
Author: Jeffrey Birnbaum
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0804152306
Category: Political Science
Page: 334
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Jeffrey H. Birnbaum's The Lobbyists exposes the world of Washington's most influential players -- the more than eighty thousand who descend upon our national government, informing and bartering with Congress and blocking legislation on behalf of the richest business interests in the country. This acclaimed work -- now with a new introduction that analyzes the changes in lobbying in 1990s -- provides a shocking view of how our government really works.

Progressive Consumption Taxation

The X Tax Revisited
Author: Robert Carroll,Alan D. Viard
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0844743941
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 207
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The authors observe that consumption taxation is superior to income taxation because it does not penalize saving and investment and propose that the U.S. income tax system be completely replaced by a progressive consumption tax. They argue that the X tax, developed by the late David Bradford, offers the best form of progressive consumption taxation for the United States and outline concrete proposals for the X tax s treatment of numerous specific economic issues."

Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11


Author: Jack Goldsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393083519
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
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The surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies. Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed—endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more—are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority. But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints—enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media—that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable. These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. We have actually preserved the framers’ original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.

A Fine Mess

A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
Author: T. R. Reid
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735223963
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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New York Times bestelling author T. R. Reid travels around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unravelling a complex topic in plain English - and telling a rollicking story along the way. The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes. Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK—advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies—have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer. But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality. In A Fine Mess, T. R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of the exact solutions to these urgent problems. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subject not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that’s not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Never talking down or reflexively siding with either wing of politics, T. R. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms with a companionable ebullience. This affects everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer.

Taxing Capital Income


Author: Henry J. Aaron,Leonard Burman,C. Eugene Steuerle
Publisher: The Urban Insitute
ISBN: 9780877667377
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
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The question of whether to tax income from wealth has sparked debate since our country's inception. Does taxing capital income ensure the progressivity of our system or merely discourage saving? Would switching our tax code to one that solely taxes consumption be more efficient or only burden middle- and low-income people? And if we were to radically reform the way America taxes its citizens, how could we ensure that vital revenue would not be lost? Some analysts would even argue that, under our present byzantine tax system, we don't really tax capital income at all. In this volume, eminent lawyers and economists analyze the problems associated with taxing capital income and propose policy solutions, which are then challenged by their peers in informed commentary. It may not settle the debate, but policymakers, scholars, and the public will find a wealth of information and ideas to consider. With contributions by Joel Slemrod, Reed Shuldiner, Jane Gravelle, George Zodrow, Alan Auerbach, Eric Toder, Kim Rueben, David Weisbach, Joe Thorndike, Edward Kleinbard, Julie Roin, Paul W. Oosterhuis, Michael Schler, Ed Outslay, George Plesko, and Daniel Halperin

Driving the Future

Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars
Author: Margo T Oge
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628727713
Category: Nature
Page: 376
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Now in paperback, with a new foreword by Fred Krupp, an expert's illuminating preview of the cleaner, lighter, smarter cars of the future. In Driving the Future, Margo T. Oge portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will produce zero emissions and run at 100+ mpg. With electronic architectures more like those of airplanes, cars will be smarter and safer, will park themselves, and will network with other vehicles on the road to drive themselves. As the director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Oge was the chief architect behind the Obama administration’s landmark 2012 deal with automakers in the US market to double the fuel efficiency of their fleets and to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. This was America’s first formal climate action using regulation to reduce emissions through innovation in car design. Offering an insider account of the partnership between federal agencies, California, environmental groups, and car manufacturers that led to the historic deal, Margo discusses the science of climate change, the politics of addressing it, and the lessons learned for policy makers. She also takes the reader through the convergence of macro trends that will drive this innovation over the next forty years and be every bit as transformative as those wrought by Karl Benz and Henry Ford. Driving the Future is for anyone who wants to know what car they’ll be driving in ten, twenty, or thirty years—and for everyone concerned about air quality and climate change now.

It's Even Worse Than It Looks

How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
Author: Thomas E. Mann,Norman J. Ornstein
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465096735
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it's a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. Identifying the overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse, It's Even Worse Than It Looks profoundly altered the debate about why America's government has become so dysfunctional. Through a new preface and afterword, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein bring the story forward, examining the 2012 presidential campaign and exploring the prospects of a less dysfunctional government. As provocative and controversial as ever, It's Even Worse Than It Looks will continue to set the terms of our political debate in the years to come.

Victory On The Potomac

The Goldwater-nichols Act Unifies The Pentagon
Author: James R. Locher, III,Sam Nunn
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781585443987
Category: History
Page: 544
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War is waged not only on battlefields. In the mid-1980s a high-stakes political struggle to redesign the relationships among the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and warfighting commanders in the field resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. Author James R. Locher III played a key role in the congressional effort to repair a dysfunctional military whose interservice squabbling had cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and put the lives of thousands of servicemen and women at risk. Victory on this front helped make possible the military successes the United States has enjoyed since the passage of the bill and to prepare it for the challenges it must still face.Victory on the Potomac provides the first detailed history of how Congress unified the Pentagon and does so with the benefit of an insider's view. In a fast-paced account that reads like a novel, Locher follows the bill through congressional committee to final passage, making clear that the process is neither abstract nor automatic. His vivid descriptions bring to life the amazing cast of this real-life drama, from the straight-shooting chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Barry Goldwater, to the peevishly stubborn secretary of defense, Caspear Weinberger.Locher's analysis of political maneuvering and bureaucratic infighting will fascinate anyone who has an interest in how government works, and his understanding of the stakes in military reorganization will make clear why this legislative victory meant so much to American military capability. James R. Locher III, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and the Senate. During the period covered by this book, he was a staff member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Since then, he has served as an assistant secretary of defense in the first Bush and the early Clinton administrations. Currently, he works as a consultant and lecturer on defense matters.

Wired for War

The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
Author: P. W. Singer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440685972
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 512
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P. W. Singer explores the great­est revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfare We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amaz­ing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Travelling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalise a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.

The Kid

What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant
Author: Dan Savage
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101219485
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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Dan Savage's nationally syndicated sex advice column, "Savage Love," enrages and excites more than four million people each week. In The Kid, Savage tells a no-holds-barred, high-energy story of an ordinary American couple who wants to have a baby. Except that in this case the couple happens to be Dan and his boyfriend. That fact, in the face of a society enormously uneasy with gay adoption, makes for an edgy, entertaining, and illuminating read. When Dan and his boyfriend are finally presented with an infant badly in need of parenting, they find themselves caught up in a drama that extends well beyond the confines of their immediate world. A story about confronting homophobia, falling in love, getting older, and getting a little bit smarter, The Kid is a book about the very human desire to have a family.

Taxing Ourselves

A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes
Author: Joel Slemrod,Jon Bakija
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026226482X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 396
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As Albert Einstein may or may not have said, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." Indeed, to follow the debate over tax reform, the interested citizen is forced to choose between misleading sound bites and academic treatises. Taxing Ourselves bridges the gap between the two by discussing the key issues clearly and without a political agenda: Should the federal income tax be replaced with a flat tax or sales tax? Should it be left in place and reformed? Can tax cuts stimulate the economy, or will higher deficits undermine any economic benefit? Authors and tax policy experts Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija lay out in accessible language what is known and not known about how taxes affect the economy, offer guidelines for evaluating tax systems, and provide enough information to assess both the current income tax system and the leading proposals to reform or replace it (including the flat tax and the consumption tax). The fourth edition of this popular guide has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest information, covering such recent developments as the Bush administration's tax cuts (which expire in 2011) and the alternatives proposed by the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Slemrod and Bakija provide us with the knowledge and the tools -- including an invaluable voter's guide to the tax policy debate -- to make our own informed choices about how we should tax ourselves.

Price of Honor

Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World
Author: Jan Goodwin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698157796
Category: Religion
Page: 368
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK “Explains powerfully how Muslim women are affected by the rise of fundamentalism.”—Dan Rather In recent years, the expanding movement of militant Islam has changed the way millions think, behave, dress, and live, but nowhere has its impact been more powerfully felt than in its dramatic, often devastating effect on the lives of women. Award-winning journalist Jan Goodwin traveled through ten Islamic countries and interviewed hundreds of Muslim women, from professionals to peasants, from royalty to rebels. The result is an unforgettable journey into a world where women are confined, isolated, even killed for the sake of a “code of honor” created and zealously enforced by men. Price of Honor brings to life a world in which women have become pawns in a bitter power game, and gives readers a provocative look inside Muslim society today—in their own words.

The System

The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point
Author: Haynes Johnson,David S. Broder
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 031608395X
Category: Political Science
Page: 688
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Taking as an example the Clinton health care reform initiative, the authors show how a policy that aimed to please everyone ended by satisfying no one due to pressure groups, political gamesmanship and the inertia of the American 'system'.

Launch!

The Critical 90 Days from Idea to Market
Author: Scott Duffy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101609990
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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WANT TO GET YOUR BIG IDEA TO MARKET? In 90 days, you can successfully launch a new business, product, or service by following the steps in this playbook. Ninety-seven percent of a rocket’s fuel is used in the first three feet of its launch. The same is true when launching a new business. These first few steps are absolutely critical and help determine which ventures will take off and which will fail. Scott Duffy has developed a practical approach for turning your big idea into a thriving venture by focusing on the crucial period of 90 days immediately before, during, and after starting your business. Based on his own experiences as a successful serial entrepreneur who has worked with Richard Branson and Tony Robbins—and true stories of other big names in business—Duffy has collected all of the lessons you need. Duffy also emphasizes the personal side of entrepreneurship, including balancing finances, relationships, and your health. Successful business endeavors depend on preparation and execution of these two key sides—and Duffy provides real-life examples and practical guidance for both. In his rapid-fire, 90-day plan, Launch! walks you through: The Prelaunch Checklist: What it takes to get your house in order, develop your plan, and limit your personal risk every step of the way. Fueling the Tank: How to assemble your resources, pull together your team and capital, and ready your business to execute successfully. Countdown and Blastoff: How to bring your idea to market through partnerships, marketing initiatives, and customer-engagement strategies. As Duffy writes, “Today everyone is an entrepreneur. It’s not about building the next Virgin or Google or Facebook. It’s about planting a flag. Transforming what you are passionate about, what you are good at, into a responsible moneymaking venture that benefits others in the process. Launch! is a handbook for entrepreneurs on how to think big, take on any size competitor—and eat their lunch.”

God is Back

How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World
Author: John Micklethwait,Adrian Wooldridge
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594202131
Category: Political Science
Page: 405
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Two Economist writers evaluate the thriving nature of religious faith throughout the world and how it will significantly impact the global economy, politics, and other arenas, in a report that profiles the religious free market in America and argues that religion can coexist with modernity.

Salvador


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679751831
Category: Political Science
Page: 108
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The author recounts her 1982 visit to El Salvador and describes the terror, fear and political repression that permeated the country

The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management

Lasting Lessons from the Best Leadership Minds of Our Time
Author: Alan Murray
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062020321
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management offers “Lasting Lessons from the Best Leadership Minds of Our Time.” Compiled by Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, this is the definitive guide to how to be a successful manager from the world’s most respected business publication—an indispensible handbook for new managers and veterans alike, providing solid business strategies to help them put their best ideas to work.