Running on Empty by Peter G. Peterson
How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

unrated

Synopsis

When Bush came to office in 2001, the 10-year budget balance was officially projected to be at a surplus of $5.6 trillion. But after three big tax cuts, the bursting of the stock-market bubble, and the devastating effects of 9/11on the economy, the surplus has evaporated, and the deficit is expected to grow to $ 5-trillion over the next decade. The domestic deficit is only the half of it. Given our $500 billion trade deficit and our anemic savings rate, we depend on an unprecedented $2 billion of foreign capital every working day. If foreign confidence were to wane, this could lead to the dreaded hard landing.

Peter G. Peterson--a lifelong Republican, chairman of the Blackstone Group, and former secretary of commerce under Nixon--shatters the myths with hard facts and a harrowing view of the twin deficit's real impact. Republicans and Democrats alike have mortgaged America's future through reckless tax cuts, out-of-control spending and Enron-style accounting in Congress. And the situation will only get worse as the Baby Boom generation begins to retire, making unprecedented demands on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Despite what Bush says, we are on a path that could end in economic meltdown, and we simply cannot grow out of the deficit.

In Running On Empty, Peterson sounds the warning bell and prescribes a set of detailed solutions which, if implemented early, will prevent the need for draconian measures later. He takes us behind the politicians' smoke-and-mirror games, and forcefully explains what we must do to rescue the future of our country.

 

About Peter G. Peterson

See more books from this Author
Peter G. Peterson is the author of Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America -- and the World. He is Chairman of The Blackstone Group and chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
Published August 1, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 289 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Running on Empty

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

For years, Peterson, secretary of commerce under Nixon and author of Gray Down , has been a compelling Cassandra, warning that the mix of growing debt, an aging population, and deficits in Social Security and Medicare portend disaster.

| Read Full Review of Running on Empty: How the Dem...

Reader Rating for Running on Empty
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 63 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×