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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government A healthy democracy must make fresh choices, not be run by dead people. America is run by dead people--by political leaders from past generations who enacted programs that churn ahead regardless of waste, irrelevance, or new priorities. Washington is hopeless, a legal swamp devoid of responsibility, and citizens have been largely disempowered. Nothing gets fixed because the status quo is cast in legal concrete. This explosive manifesto argues that to get this country moving again, Americans must be free to make sensible choices-- to scrap obsolete laws and to approve new infrastructure projects in a year, not a decade. Government must be radically simplified, rebuilt on the solid rock of human responsibility and not on the millions of words of bureaucratic dictates. We wonder why leaders don't lead, government doesn't work, and nothing gets done. Philip K. Howard shows here what went wrong, how to fix America's operating system, and how to reengage the American spirit to make things right again. Decade after decade, laws have piled up like sediment in the harbor, bogging down America in dense regulation, unaffordable health care, and higher taxes and public debt. Political leaders come to office and find their budgets pre-committed by mandates enacted decades earlier. Philip K. Howard shows us how ten well-intentioned laws ossified over time into special interest entitlements and became deadweights on society. The personalities and political deals in this narrative are sometimes compelling and often shockingly cynical. The final result in each case is a travesty. The laws Howard describes will include civil service, special education, environmental review, subsidies from the New Deal, safety laws, due process in schools, Medicare reimbursement, the "right to sue," labor union benefits, and corporate subsidies. The book describes a new approach to refresh old programs and restore the authority of sitting leaders to make the choices needed to support the vitality of our free society. What s wrong in Washington is deeper than you think. Yes, there s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. But hidden underneath is something bigger and more destructive. It s a broken system. From that comes wasteful government, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship. Rules have replaced leadership in America. Bureaucracy, regulation, and outmoded law tie our hands and confine policy choices. Nobody asks: โ€˜What s the right thing to do hereโ€™? Instead, they wonder, What does the rule book say? There s a fatal flaw in America s governing system trying to decree correctness through rigid laws will never work. Public paralysis is the inevitable result of the steady accretion of detailed rules. America is now run by dead people by political leaders from the past who enacted mandatory programs that churn ahead regardless of waste, irrelevance, or new priorities. America needs to radically simplify its operating system and give people officials and citizens alike the freedom to be practical. Rules can t accomplish our goals. Only humans can get things done. In The Rule of Nobody Philip K. Howard argues for a return to the framers vision of public law setting goals and boundaries, not dictating daily choices. This incendiary book explains how America went wrong and offers a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century." From 2014 Only 5.95 PPD ---From our publishers overstock-may have a cover blemish
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