Former US Sen. Jim DeMint was on the Tom Roten Morning Show today. Listen below! Some say he's the most hated man in Washington!
From the publisher:
Former Senator Jim DeMint, now President of the Heritage Foundation, authors a revealing manifesto for curing America of what ails it in the new book Falling In Love With America Again (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, March 4, 2014).
DeMint reveals that he felt so frustrated by the same-old political process buoyed by lobbying and backroom pork-barrel deals that he decided to resign his seat and work for change outside the system as President of The Heritage Foundation. “After my 14 years in the House and Senate, I could write several books about how big-government politicians and big business conspire to enrich themselves and rip off the taxpayers,” he writes.
“By standing for fundamental American ideas like limited constitutional government and individual responsibility, and against politics as usual, I had made a difference in how Washington worked,” DeMint writes. “And yet I was deeply frustrated by how little Washington had really changed.”
As the Senate Republican leader of the Joint Economic Committee, DeMint researched and analyzed economic data and trends and began to notice the least successful states were following the “top-down, big government, centrally controlled model” versus the most successful states who were using “uniquely American, free market principles.”
Through this research, DeMint developed a “Bigonomics” theory—rather, how the “Bigs” (big government, big bureaucracies, big business) are choking free markets and smothering the institutions that built and sustained a prosperous United States of America—families, communities, small business—which he, borrowing a phrase from Edmund Burke, refers to as “platoons”. “Now, big is not always bad—America is a land of big ideas, big dreams, and big accomplishments,” DeMint shares. “But present-day big government is replacing self-government.”
“Falling In Love With America Again is about recognizing the little platoons that make America strong and prosperous and free. It is about recognizing how the Bigs threaten our way of life and the precious American Dream,” writes DeMint. “Tragically, many Americans don’t appreciate the vital contribution the little platoons make to our well-being. All across America little platoons—families, communities, churches, schools, and volunteer organizations—are proving that decentralized, bottom-up efforts can work as well as ever.”
Delving into complex issues facing America such as Obamacare, education, poverty, welfare, and others, DeMint exposes the “Big” political machinations at work in keeping the status quo while holding up a “platoon-based” solution already at work in solving these problems. The result is a manifesto applying solutions already at work in our families, communities, and small businesses to the most pressing problems of our time.
Based on the Heritage Foundation’s extensive research and DeMint’s insiders’ perspective on Washington, Falling In Love With America Again offers three bold suggestions to unite Americans and secure America’s place as the leader of the free world:
• Competitive Federalism: Moving power and dollars out of Washington and back to the states and the people should be a top priority. The process can begin by giving states more flexibility in areas such as education, health care, transportation, and energy.
• Fiscal Responsibility: A platform to unite America would insist that Washington must balance the federal budget, create a simple, pro-growth tax code, reform Social Security and Medicare to save them for the future, reform welfare programs to rescue Americans from dependency, reduce federal taxes and move programs to the states. Congress should also assert its constitutional power to manage our currency and establish a rules-based monetary system to rein in the out-of-control Federal Reserve.
• Strong Defense and a Focused Foreign Policy: America cannot be secure and prosperous if its borders are not controlled. Immigration policy should not be designed to reward those who are here illegally; it should be designed to improve the lives and increase the incomes of citizens and of immigrants who are here legally. America’s foreign policy must be refocused on strategies that protect and benefit our citizens and our allies. When America is strong, moral, and prosperous, it will shape the rest of the world by example—not by meddling.
“I have talked with many discouraged Americans who believe that our problems are so big and intractable there is nothing anyone can do to save our country. This is not true,” urges DeMint. “There is a way and only one way to start to change America’s course, to turn back in a direction that will reunite our nation and preserve the blessings of liberty for us all: We must fall in love with America—again.”