The Two Percent Solution by Matthew Miller
Fixing America's Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservations Can Love

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Suppose someone told you that for just two cents on the national dollar we could have a country where everyone had health insurance, full-time workers earned a living wage, poor children had great teachers in fixed-up schools, and politicians no longer had to grovel to wealthy donors. And suppose that when we were done, government would still be smaller than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. If you're like most people, you'd probably think that for two cents on the dollar this sounds like an intriguing deal. But 2 percent of America's GDP is more than $200 billion a year--way beyond what politicians in Washington think is possible.

Between our proper intuition that 2 percent is a small amount, and the Washington consensus that a 2 percent shift in priorities is beyond imagining, lies the opportunity to transform American politics. In this agenda-setting book, Matthew Miller challenges our country (and those who would lead it) to change the way we think about our public responsibilities before the baby boomers' retirement siphons all the money out of the system. The Two Percent Solution is a call to arms that no serious candidate, Republican or Democrat, can afford to ignore.

About Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller is the author of Windows Phone 7 Companion, Facebook Companion, and Master Visually Windows Mobile 2003; writes both the ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer and Smartphones & Cell Phones blogs; has published works in iPhone Life Magazine, Pocket PC Magazine, and more; and is co-host of the Mobile Tech Roundup podcast.
Published February 2, 2005 by PublicAffairs. 335 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Based on similar principles, Miller crafts Solomonic proposals to raise teacher pay, experiment with school vouchers, subsidize a living wage for poor workers, publicly finance elections, slow the growth rate of Social Security and Medicare expenses, and offset the costs of the new initiatives.

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