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250 Ways to Make America Better by George…

250 Ways to Make America Better

by George Magazine Editors

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Brought together under the aegis of hip political magazine George, 250 famous citizens of the United States share their thoughts on how to make the country a better place. Some of the proposals are succinct, such as rap superstar Puffy Combs's call for "the presence of God in the lives of more Americans." Other contributors, like political analyst Dick Morris or entertainer Connie Stevens, have entire wish lists. (And yes, that's Amazon.com's own Jeff Bezos, squeezed between Senator John McCain and John McLaughlin, urging parents to read--and discuss--the Declaration of Independence with their children.) Some of the sharpest work comes from the cartoonists, including Ted Rall, Roz Chast, Tom Tomorrow, Dan Piraro, and Tom Toles. And then there are the satirists--Eric Bogosian's suggestion to detonate some nukes to give America a transformative "near-death experience" is probably the most outrageous, though Michael Moore's insistence that corporations should fire their employees and rely on cheap prison labor is a strong runner-up. The mixture of thoughtful and silly responses in 250 Ways to Make America Better provides a unique snapshot of the concerns of U.S. citizens at the end of the 20th century.

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