Every Sunday afternoon I will try to recommend something bold to read. Something beyond the partisan rhetoric, he said-she said's or retreaded subjects. I do so for a simple fact. I love my Country. I disdain the fact that many of our problems keep growing while our leaders pee on each other's shoes in efforts to get in front of the closest camera or microphone. This is my intent to educate myself on options that they themselves are afraid to navigate. If you have such a book that you have read lately, share it with me. Share it with us. No big problem will have a simple answer or a one-matrix solution. It may take many things to stem the tide, to fix things, so that our kids, and their grand-kids do not look back into their early 21st century books and wonder "what the hell where my grandparents doing back then..."
I give you IN OUR HANDS by Charles Murray.
This is a seriously radical concept for doing away with our welfare programs and the culture of poverty,... forever. So radical that I've linked 2 great articles/reviews I happened to randomly find in my searches while pondering to purchase this puppy. It summarizes the content perfectly.
I just bought it,... it smells brand new,... my white chocolate mocha awaits in my night-stand, life is good...
"Imagine that the United States were to scrap all its income transfer programs -including Social Security, Medicare, and all forms of Welfare- and give every American age twenty one and older $10,000 a year.... for life" (from the inside flap of his book, I hope he does not sue me for reprinting without permission :)
That is the premise of his book. The below reviews will blow you away. Maybe you will not be a convert, and maybe your cynical views may challenge that it may look too good to be true. But problems of this magnitude demand reaching for new planes of thinking. I think he has done so.
An article on the book by Rick Martinez of Newsobserver.com
A great review in a posting at Crooked Timber's blog