We Can All Do Better

We Can All Do Better

Bill Bradley

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1593157290

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Bill Bradley is arguably one of the most well-versed public figures of our time.

The eighteen-year New Jersey Senator, financial and investment adviser, Olympic and NBA athlete, national radio host, and bestselling author has lived in the United States as both political insider and outsider, national sports celebrity and behind-the-scenes confidante, leader and teammate. His varied experiences help to inform his unique and much-sought-after point of view on Washington and the country at large.
In We Can All Do Better, for the first time since the financial meltdown and since the worst of the intensifying political gridlock, Bradley offers his own concise, powerful, and highly personal review of the state of the nation. Bradley argues that government is not the problem. He criticizes the role of money and politics, explains how continuing on our existing foreign policy, electoral, and economic paths will mean a diminished future, and lays out exactly what needs to be done to reverse course.
Breaking from the intransigent long-held viewpoints of both political parties, and with careful attention to our nation’s history, Bradley passionately lays out his narrative. He offers a no-holds-barred prescription on subjects including job creation, deficit reduction, education, and immigration. While equally critical of the approaches of the Tea Party and Occupy Movements, he champions the power of individual Americans to organize, speak out, bridge divisions, and he calls on the media to assume a more responsible role in our national life.

As this moving call to arms reminds us, we can all—elected officials, private citizens, presidents—do a better job of moving our country forward. Bradley is perhaps the best guide imaginable, with his firsthand knowledge of governments’ inner-workings, the country’s diversity, and the untapped potential of the American people.













elective office. My father, the local banker, was treasurer of the school board in our hometown of Crystal City, Missouri, for over twenty years, and my mother was a fourth-grade teacher and later a volunteer in church and civic groups. Both parents drilled into me, by word and example, the value of altruism, of giving a part of yourself to another human being. In a family like mine, idealism came naturally, but politics was another matter. My father wanted me to be a gentleman, my mother wanted

today. Beyond the legislative route to diminish the role of money in politics lies the judicial one. People could flood the courts with cases that take the logic of Citizens United to its absurd conclusion. The Supreme Court based its decision on the theory that a corporation is a person—an idea that arose not with our Founders but with the robber barons’ court of the late nineteenth century in Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which dealt with the railroad’s claim to its

genocide in Rwanda—raising the old question posed to democratic interventionists: “Where do you draw the line?” With each of these exercises of military power, America became more self-righteous. We invaded on principle, which seemed to make violence acceptable—and besides we were omnipotent, so no one could stop us. There was no countervailing force to our entry into or instigation of wars intended to rid the world of this or that tyrant and “make the world safe for democracy.” Most of these

http://www.cognitivepolicyworks.com/resource-center/thinking-points. 6. “2004 Servey of Consumer Finances: Summary Results,” Federal Reserve, accessed at http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/scf/scf_2004.htm. An easier-to-digest form of the data is found in Alice H. Munnell and Steven A. Sass, Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2009), 5. 7. Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter, “Rove: There Won’t Be a Third-Party

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