Nonfiction — Kindle edition. Random House, 2010. 240 pgs. Borrowed from my uncle.
I downloaded this book from my uncle’s Kindle account. He has a whole slew of “fixing” America how-to books and I’ve always been intrigued by his selections. This book, subtitled “Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility”, was the title I found my finger hoovering over time and time again.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain about paying taxes. Nobody likes paying taxes but we derive so many services from paying taxes that I’m always flabbergasted by people’s refusal to pay them. Walker doesn’t follow down this path exactly. Instead, he advocates that we follow Europe’s lead with a Value Added Tax (VAT).
Even with this new tax, Walker says we should dial back Medicare and Social Security and give up on the dream of health care for all. The general theme is that the government should get out of the business of helping people, and the solutions are so grandiose in nature that it’s hard to derive some practicality from them.
The Honors Project:
I read this book for The Honors Project, my own personal challenge to read more books about economics, food, and/or geography in preparation for writing my honors thesis. My goal for this project is to learn as much as I can about these topics so I can formulate better questions and, in turn, produce a better honors thesis. You can find out more information by checking out my introductory post, project post, or spreadsheet of titles.