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Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 11, 2003
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About the Author
Senator Tom Coburn is a former business owner and practicing physician. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. A true citizen legislator, he honored his self-imposed term limits pledge and left Congress in 2001. The author of Breach of Trust, a congressional exposé, he returned to public service in 2004 after a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.
John Hart was Dr. Coburn's press secretary from 1997 until 2000. In 1994, he became the youngest person ever to win an Amy Writing Award. He lives in Washington DC with his wife, Kimberly, and is now serving as the Communications Director for U.S. Representative Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author's conclusions, based on his experience as a three-term Congressman, are consistent with both the recent polls that show that Americans damn both the Democrats and the Republicans as corrupt and ineffective at representing We the People, and with books such as Peter Peterson's "Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It."
As a moderate Republican, I found this book representative precisely of the vision I signed up to in the 1970's--smaller government, less waste, more discretion to the states.
Two quotes really stand out:
xix: "Although the events o September 11, 2001 have focused the public attention on the threat of international terrorism, the greatest threat to the continuity of our form of government is our government itself."
79: "What makes this [Party Line] mentality dangerous is that when the team is held together by careerism and mindless partisanship, individual members are punished for thinking for themselves [or their Districts]. When members can't think for themselves their constituents are deprived of honest representation."
The book itemizes the positive aspects of the "Contract with America" that the Republican class of 1994 hoped to achieve, and blasts Newt Gingrich for failing to honor the contract and failing as a leader.
Robert Novak is to be complemented for his superb foreword and his support of this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! I wish that more people would read this book. Thank your Senator Coburn.Published 2 months ago by Carolyn K Sampson
I listened to it via audible. I think more and more of these types of books remind me of the lone ranger or Zorro, but this is sadly real rather than fiction. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Orchid
Better than expected. There is some very good stuff here that is still relevant today. Would have liked some more depth and pages.Published 17 months ago by elco
I wish we could replace 60 Senators with Coburn type people. He is what I call a real leader. One day, I hope Americans select a Coburn type person to lead the country.Published on April 9, 2013 by Jon R.
A great foundational work on what conservative politics should be. I don't remember finding anything I disagreed with in the book that was recommended to me by Jane C. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Warren Rosenbaum
If you're interested in better understanding the good and not so good involved in the workings of our government, this is a must read. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Maria R
I found this book to be most interesting, especially since it was written by a former insider. The book merely confirmed some of the things I had already observed. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by joyce
THough this book was written several years ago it is still relevant because some of the same people are still involved and some of the same behavior continues. Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by wood