Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
| The Truths We Hold,|
by Kamala Harris (2019)
| Smart on Crime,|
by Kamala Harris (2010)
| Guide to Political Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
| Where We Go From Here,|
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
|Conscience of a Conservative,|
by Jeff Flake (2017)
| Two Paths,|
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
|Every Other Monday,|
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
|Courage is Contagious,|
by John Kasich (1998)
| Shortest Way Home,|
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
| Higher Loyalty,|
by James Comey (2018)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
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The Right Answer
How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation
by John K. Delaney
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
John Delaney made the cut for the June 25-26, 2019, Democratic primary debates, so we excerpted his book. John Delaney's history includes founding a healthcare company and becoming independently wealthy; using his wealth to finance start-up businesses; and beating an incumbent Congressional Republican then winning re-election twice in Maryland. His history might make people say, "This guy is a strong presidential contender" -- but in 2020's over-crowded Democratic primary, most people say, "John who?"
John Delaney was the very first candidate to announce for President against Donald Trump, on July 28, 2017 (that's 6 months after Trump took office, and 18 months before Delaney's term in Congress was to end). Delaney opted out of running for re-election so he could focus on running for the presidency. Delaney is moderate and bipartisan – he writes that he was "ranked as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress, a designation I was proud of" (p. 8). Delaney's main complaint against Trump is Trump's immoderate partisanship, writing that Trump's election "wasn't going to stop me from working with the other side to get things done" (p. 9).
Delaney defines himself by "the importance of telling the truth" (p, 21), in contrast to Trump, presumably. Delaney focuses on truth-telling learned from his dad for personal relations; from his business dealings; and in his public policies. Delaney's goal is to rebuild trust in government by offering himself as a trustworthy president, and much of this book focuses on establishing that trustworthiness. But he has a long way to go to re-establish trust: a Gallup poll at the time this book was written, asking about trust in Congress, has 59% of Americans declaring "not very much" or "none at all" (9/12/2018).
Delaney comes across as a "policy wonk" – very detailed long-winded and hence very challenging for us to excerpt! -- who has never mastered the "sound bite." (Presidential candidates get on TV news with brief, 5-to-10-second video clips called "sound bites," which means candidates need to practice summarizing their policy stances in 5-to-10-second intervals). Delaney has not accomplished that, and is aware of the problem: "At first, I'd go to events and give wonky speeches packed with numbers and facts, because that's what I thought people wanted to hear. Unfortunately, they just thought I was boring" (p. 150).
Delaney doesn't have a "pet policy" like some other candidates (for example, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is running for president to highlight climate change; and Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK) is running for president to highlight American militarism). Delaney's "pet topic" is bipartisanship – with a well-rounded business background and moderate voting record.
Delaney's business background does highlight his policy stances as more liberal than the usual successful businessman. He made his fortune providing small loans to businesses that banks considered too small and too risky -- that is known in policy circles as "micro-lending" and is a popular liberal policy, especially abroad. Delaney is aware of the popularity of that liberal policy abroad; he cites Grameen Bank from the 1980s as a model (p. 98). Delaney also predicted the 2008 economic collapse based on CDO's (collateralized debt obligations, one of the causes of the Great Recession) and got out of the CDO business in 2007, calling it "a giant Ponzi scheme" that "looked too much like storm clouds for me not to take cover" (p. 121). In other words, he is financially savvy enough to have recognized the coming financial collapse.
Bottom line: Delaney would be a strong candidate in any year except 2019. Maybe he'll survive the debates as the moderate bipartisan alternative, although Joe Biden also claims the moderate bipartisan alternative label, so that seems unlikely. More likely, Delaney will make a name for himself in the 2020 presidential race and become eligible for Maryland's Governor or Senator.
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, June 2019
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Founded Leddel Health with fellow law school student.
Early adopter of healthcare "capitation" business model.
Founded HealthPartners Financial; sold for $500M in 1999.
1980: Patent changes let companies commercialize innovation.
High rate of incarceration is a tragic situation.
Reach students when they are young, with pre-K.
Energy & Oil|
OpEd: US is only country out of 197 to reject Paris accord.
Align incentives so creators of CO2 emissions pay for them.
Gas tax has fallen since 1993, due to inflation.
Families & Children|
Broaden EITC eligibility to include childless workers.
Presidential press briefings are just propaganda sessions.
Gerrymandering corrupts our democracy; get rid of system.
Independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering.
Seek solutions to gun violence in schools.
Let 55-year-olds buy into Medicare.
Idea for opt-in health exchanges adopted by ObamaCare.
Allow Medicare to negotiate pharmaceutical pricing.
Costs would rise too quickly in a single-payer system.
National service program, plus community & veterans' service.
Public-private training partnership to address skills gap.
Principles & Values|
The enemy is hyper-partisan politics.
No persuasive data to suggest embracing socialism.
Social insurance programs have cut senior poverty by 50%.
Maintain and invest in 21st-century infrastructure.
More money into R&D, to enable entrepreneurial risk.
War & Peace|
Debate new AUMF; eliminate nuclear proliferation.
Welfare & Poverty|
1970s EITC ended disincentive for poor people to work.
The above quotations are from The Right Answer
How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation
by John K. Delaney.
Books by and about 2020 Presidential hopefuls:
The War on Normal People, by Andrew Yang (2019)
The Mueller Report, with notes by the Washington Post (2019)
The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris (2019)
Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Land of Flickering Lights, by Michael Bennet (2019)
Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson (2018)
Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro (2018)
The Right Answer, by John Delaney (2018)
Healing America, by Rep. Tim Ryan (2018)
Where We Go From Here, by Bernie Sanders (2018)
This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Guide to Political Revolution, by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden (2017)
Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders (2016)
United, by Cory Booker (2016)
The Opposite of Woe, by John Hickenlooper (2016)
The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar (2015)
Crippled America, by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Off the Sidelines, by Kirsten Gillibrand (2014)
A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren (2014)
Smart People Should Build Things, by Andrew Yang (2014)
Time to Get Tough, by Donald J. Trump (2011)
Dealing Death and Drugs, by Beto O'Rourke (2011)
Smart on Crime, by Kamala Harris (2010)
A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel (2008)
Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, by Mike Gravel (2008)
The Two-Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren (2007)
Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden (2007)
All Your Worth, by Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi (2006)
The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump (2000)
Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz (1999)
2020 Presidential Hopefuls by OnTheIssues.org