Dead Men Ruling discusses the seemingly separable economic and political problems and how they are actually symptoms of a common disease, one unique to our time. Unless that disease and the history of how it spread over time is understood, it is easy for politicians and voters alike to fall prey to believing in simple but ineffective nostrums. This book points out that we now live in conditions that are ripe to advance opportunity in ways never before possible, including doing for children and the young in this century what the twentieth did for senior citizens, yet without abandoning those earlier gains.
Praise for Dead Men Ruling
"Great book. I could not put it down. Dead Men Ruling documents how and why American governments at all levels are crowding out discretionary spending that would allow the country to respond flexibly to challenges and opportunities and make economically and socially productive investments. This is a vital concern to those of us who study the gains possible by investing early and well in children."
"This book moves beyond the urgent to the truly important as it seeks to provide a broad theory of our problems and to chart a forward course. Anyone concerned with our economic future should carefully consider Steuerle's arguments."
"Everyone who cares about the future of America's children should read Steuerle's book. His vision and values expose the arid debates about deficit reduction, and point to the urgency of investing in children, enhancing opportunities, and increasing social mobility. He makes a compelling case that a nation that does not invest in its children is a nation in decline."
― Jonathan Cowan, President of Third Way
"I've witnessed first-hand Gene's rare talent at pulling together Democrats and Republicans when others feel there is no way forward, whether for the most significant tax reform in modern history or helping a budget commission step boldly into the future. In this book, he reframes our tired debates and proposes how to get to a 21st-century agenda focused on children, investment, and posterity."