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To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government

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Americans love to hate their government, and a long tradition of anti-government suspicion reaches back to debates among the founders of the nation. But the election of Barack Obama has created a backlash rivaled only by the anti-government hysteria that preceded the Civil War.

Lost in all the Tea Party rage and rhetoric is this simple fact: the federal government plays a c
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 3rd 2012)
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Adriel
Oct 26, 2012 Adriel rated it it was amazing
Edited by Steven Conn, To Promote the General Welfare, details the enormous contribution of American federal power in improving lives, raising the standard of living, leveling the playing field of commercial markets, building the infrastructure, and insuring the freedom and responsibility of the commercial markets. The ten essays by notable scholars and historians present an overwhelming case for big government doing big things. This analysis and documentation of the efforts of government to ...more
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Jul 08, 2014 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a multi-author endeavor, this book suffers from the typical uneven quality typical of such books. Some of the chapters were excellent, others just so-so. I still found it worth reading and anyone who thinks government is the problem, and not the solution, should read this. Although our government has not always succeeds in what it has set out to do, it has done very well for the most part.
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