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Poorer Richard's America : what would Ben say?
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Physical Description:
xx, 220 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
National deficit -- Religions, windows to God -- Balloons and federal budgets -- Prejudice -- The rise and fall of nations -- Real Americans -- Democracy -- A pleasant night's sleep -- America's greatest generation -- Republicans and Democrats -- The moment of conception -- The rich should pay their fair share -- Stoplights and Wall Street -- Hardships and sacrifice -- Great leaders lead -- Information caressed is knowledge -- Federal income taxes -- Ceasing to live versus dying -- The written word -- An ignorant man with no education is to be pitied -- Marital bliss -- Unintended consequences, domestic affairs -- You have a problem -- Bill of rights -- Distribute pressure, distribute consequences -- Unintended consequences, foreign affairs -- The national debt does not matter -- International affairs -- Equal rights legislation -- Social surplus -- Health care reform -- Health care reform, deux -- Department of defense -- Law of big numbers -- Branches of government -- Love and marriage -- Children -- China seeks to sell products to other countries -- America, you can do it -- Final thoughts.
Tom Blair has written, in the voice of Ben Franklin, an updated-for-today book that draws on the essence of Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack to view America in 2011.


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For decades, Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack provided sage advice and commentary on eighteenth-century America. Now, a modern businessman reflects--writing as Benjamin Franklin--on what America has become.

Federal and personal debt are ballooning beyond sustainable levels. Our futures are being jeopardized. Partisan bickering and the entrenched powers of special interests have made it nearly impossible for a real leader to lead. Where is a good American to turn? How about to the man who wrote this timeless observation: "A small leak will sink a great ship"?

Ben is back! With his signature intelligence and wit (not to mention a good sprinkling of aphorisms both old and new), Benjamin Franklin, through Tom Blair, moves from the national deficit to Wall Street, from health care to marital bliss. The result is electrifying.

Table of Contents

Tom Brokaw
Forewordp. v
Introductionp. ix
Notes to the Readerp. xix
National Deficitp. 1
Religions, Windows to Godp. 5
Balloons and Federal Budgetsp. 9
Prejudicep. 13
The Rise and Fall of Nationsp. 19
Real Americansp. 27
Democracyp. 33
A Pleasant Night's Sleepp. 39
America's Greatest Generationp. 43
Republicans and Democratsp. 47
The Moment of Conceptionp. 55
The Rich Should Pay their Fair Sharep. 57
Stoplights and Wall Streetp. 63
Hardships and Sacrificep. 67
Great Leaders Leadp. 73
Information Caressed is Knowledgep. 79
Federal Income Taxesp. 83
Ceasing to Live Versus Dyingp. 89
The Written Wordp. 93
An Ignorant Man with No Education is to be Pitiedp. 97
Marital Blissp. 103
Unintended Consequences, Domestic Affairsp. 107
You Have a Problemp. 113
Bill of Rightsp. 117
Distribute Pressure, Distribute Consequencesp. 127
Unintended Consequences, Foreign Affairsp. 131
The National Debt does not Matterp. 137
International Affairsp. 141
Equal Rights Legislationp. 149
Social Surplusp. 153
Health Care Reformp. 157
Health Care Reform, Deuxp. 165
Department of Defensep. 167
Law of Big Numbersp. 173
Branches of Governmentp. 177
Love and Marriagep. 183
Childrenp. 187
China Seeks to Sell Products to Other Countriesp. 191
America, You can do itp. 205
Final Thoughtsp. 219