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If You Will Read Only One Book on Politics — Read This One

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, November 28, 2011, 10: 55 AM

Professor Bainbridge calls it “the politics book you must read.”
The book description at Amazon says:

One of the biggest scandals in American politics is waiting to explode: the full story of the inside game in Washington shows how the permanent political class enriches itself at the expense of the rest of us. Insider trading is illegal on Wall Street, yet it is routine among members of Congress. Normal individuals cannot get in on IPOs at the asking price, but politicians do so routinely. The Obama administration has been able to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to its supporters, ensuring yet more campaign donations. An entire class of investors now makes all of its profits based on influence and access in Washington. Peter Schweizer has doggedly researched through mountains of financial records, tracking complicated deals and stock trades back to the timing of briefings, votes on bills, and every other point of leverage for politicians in Washington. The result is a manifesto for revolution: the Permanent Political Class must go.

Click the image to go to the book’s Amazon page. The Kindle price is a reasonable $9.10.

A reviewer who gives the book 5 stars, as have 24 others, says, “The club Schweizer calls the ‘Permanent Political Class’ makes rules for itself. Members with no time to meet small business constituents do not spare any trouble to legally enrich themselves through earmarks, real estate deals, securities violations, trading on inside information, self-dealing with stimulus funds and literally every budget item.”

This scandal is in both political parties, but not equally so. One of the two parties has a far and away advantage in the game because of its ample media protection, and I don’t need to tell you which one that it is.

I’ve read these other books by Peter Schweizer that I liked:

Architects of Ruin: How Big Government Liberals Wrecked the Global Economy–and How They Will Do It Again If No One Stops Them

Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine Less…and even hug their children more than Liberals

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

Well, you don’t actually “like” a book by Peter Schweizer because the subject matter is so appalling, you just like that he is exposing it and helping you to understand it and making you want to stop it.

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