(CNN) - While describing his detailed plan to get America "back in the future business," former President Bill Clinton in his new book explains what he sees are the virtues of government while largely rallying behind President Barack Obama's proposals to create jobs and bolster the floundering economy.
"Back to Work" blends Clinton's ideas, often heard in his speeches and writings, into a road map for the country to spur job creation, become energy independent, increase trade and tackle the national debt, all while making a very public push for Obama's jobs bill.
"I think that's the right thing to do," Clinton writes about the jobs bill proposed by the president in September."... because the Tea Party bloc and their allies in Congress are convinced that you, the American voters, will reward them for continuing to be against everything."
The advice, which includes a 46-point economic proposal, follows his frustration with Democrats' failure to raise the debt ceiling when they controlled both houses of Congress and their subsequent messaging during the 2010 elections. Ahead of the 2012 elections, he uses the book to take his plans for America's future directly to the American people.
"... the American Dream requires progress we won't achieve without effective government policies, including direct investments, incentives to speed business and job growth, and public-private partnerships to create an environment where these things can happen," Clinton writes.
The Democratic Party's elder statesman draws repeatedly on his track record as governor of Arkansas, his two terms in the White House and head of the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as more than a few charts, to weigh in on the current political discussions in America.
Clinton urges Congress to pass the president's proposed payroll tax cut and emphasizes the importance of growth, spending cuts and revenue increases to impact the long-term debt. He also addresses nearly every major issue facing the country by stressing the importance of infrastructure development, retrofit initiatives, green jobs, energy independence, doubling America's exports, supporting small businesses, incentivizing the unemployed and immigration reform.
Some of his advice is already outdated, like passing the trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia that Obama signed last month or allowing homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance at lower interest rates, action the White House took two weeks ago. But his larger message about the role of government is seemingly intended to have more staying power.
Clinton repeatedly criticizes the tea party movement and its antigovernment philosophy, which he says is "really about abusing a government program with weak oversight" and instead says the role of government is to, "give people the tools and create the conditions to make the most of our lives."
"Government should empower us to do things we need or want to do that we can only do together by pooling our resources and spending them in large enough amounts to achieve the desired objectives," Clinton writes.
But despite his ideas and optimism that are threaded through the wonky text, he does not predict a Democratic win in the next election cycle. Instead, the former president acknowledges America is "in a mess now" after "antigovernment ideology" ruined a "proven path to shared prosperity," drawing a clear disparity between the two political parties.
"I don't know how this will turn out," Clinton writes. "I just know that for more than two hundred years, everyone who's bet against the United States has lost. A lot of people are betting against us today. I'm betting that once again, in a very different world we'll find our way to a 'more perfect Union.' "