Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future

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On Thursday at AEI, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist discussed his recent book, “Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future” (co-authored with John Lott, Jr.) and offered his perspective on the future of conservative policy and politics in the United States.

Norquist identified a number of recent policies that have been counterproductive to economic recovery, singling out the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an example of a particularly costly and ineffective reform. In comparing both previous American recoveries from recession and the recoveries of other industrialized counties since 2008, Norquist highlighted how unusually slow the U.S. economy has been in rebounding, placing the blame squarely on the president’s policies.

Norquist additionally discussed the interplay between pro-growth policies and electoral politics — in the 2012 election as well as the coming decade — which will define the future of America. He rejected calls for “compromise,” arguing that such a term is meaningless when Democrats and Republicans want to go in totally different directions. Instead, he argued in favor of gridlock as a bulwark against poor policy ideas.

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Are Americans better off today than they were before Barack Obama was elected to office? Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and economist John Lott, Jr. argue that increases in government spending, mounting debt, new regulations and higher effective marginal tax rates collectively answer this question with a resounding “no.”

In their new book entitled "Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future," Norquist and Lott explore how policies promulgated by the current administration have increased unemployment, slowed economic growth, produced dramatically higher national debt and damaged the housing market.

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  • Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

    Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

    Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.


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