Platitudes without a Balanced Budget–Not Tom Paine at all,
Sorry, but on balance, this book is very loosely thought through, and I personally resent anyone using Tom Paine’s great name in vain.
The only thing in this book that I think is right on target (sure, the issue positions are acceptable, but any high schooler could have put this list together) is the emphasis on the need to get back in touch with American labor, support the unions, and restore the vitality (the opposite of disposability) of the American worker.
This books makes no mention of Matthew Miller’s The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love or Rabbi Michael Lerner’s The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right or any of a myriad of good books on Cultural Creatives, New Progressives, Ecological Economics, Immoral Captialism, etc.
Bottom line: YUK. The author gets the third star for good intentions, otherwise this would have a been a two star vote.
At 57 pages, this book is light-weight in every possible sense of the word. It does not achieve its objective. See the image I am loading, if Amazon works today, for an idea of a policy framework that can then be costed out.