The book outlines several issues including Medicare, Social Security, the Iraq war, the national trade deficit and tax and fiscal policy -- all in a nonpartisan way. Clemens touches on the mounting federal spending of the United States and the results the government and the people, Democrats and Republicans alike may face.
"I wrote this book seeking to encourage our political leadership to focus on the real fiscal facts and issues, show political courage, and accept responsibility for guiding our future on a bipartisan path where long-term solutions are found for our growing fiscal problems," said Clemens.
The book names fourteen bipartisan leaders in the U.S. Senate, seven Democrats and seven Republicans who frequently work on a bipartisan basis to solve problems facing the country or have often made specific proposals concerning entitlement reform.
Democratic senators that Clemens thinks belongs on the list are Evan Bayh (D- Indiana), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Kent Conrad (D- North Dakota), Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Barack Obama (D-Illinois). The Republicans named to the list are: Bennett (R-Utah), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John McCain (R-Arizona), Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
"In compiling the list it was difficult to achieve an equal balance of Republicans and Democrats and to avoid a strong ideological bias," said Clemens.
About The Author
Richard G,. Clemens a Chicago native, is a retired senior partner of Sidley Austin LLP a major international law firm. In 2007 he became a Fellow of The Center of Federal Financial Institutions, a nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, DC which focus on the federal governments lending and insurance.
He is a 1965 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. Book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders Books. For more information on the book and the author go to www.bipartisanpath.com.