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Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone Wrong Paperback – September 9, 2013
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He also writes about the many good things these legislators did which, unfortunately, are outweighed by the bad. The most outrageous practice to me was the buying/selling of state government jobs. Make a donation to these jackals--get a job. The corruption spanned all parties and included legislators and their staff--38 of them. PA no sooner convicts these people, than a new scandal arises in March 2013 involving the Turnpike Commission. I hope he writes a book about that one.
It's a joke to the good people of PA about the state's chronic corruption and that's part of the problem. Although a voter rebellion occurred when the legislature illegally voted itself huge pay raises (in the middle of the night), the citizens of PA need to quit acting like the sheep in George Orwell's "Animal Farm".
Finally, the author presents interviews with Pennsylvanians on 3 ways to stop the corruption. Very, very interesting. But talk is one thing and action is another.
A disowned history of what made Pennsylvania infamous.
"It went on a 100 years ago and will go on 100 years from today." Probably longer(me).
Plato said "This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are."
Until that changes...
I have admit, I can't put it down. I'm at the chapters that focus on Bill 'The Weasel' DeWeese. I learned so much more than just AP stories I posted for breaking news during the Bonusgate ordeal.
An awesome job he did with details to place us right there as these events took place.
I can't wait to finish it.
Such as "truth is stranger than fiction."
In Brad Bumsted's latest book - "Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone wrong" - that strange truth melds with the perverse pleasure of rubbernecking at one political crash after another as the list of corrupt Pennsylvania officials is presented in an unvarnished and incredulous parade.
Pennsylvanians have long suffered from poor state government and corruption, helped by the handmaidens of dishonesty seeking power for personal gain rather than public benefit. So Bumsted's telling of the tales one after another may be the confluence needed to inject a reality cocktail into voters in a state whose future viability demands actual public leadership rather than individual buccaneering.
OK, that may be too much to dream about even from a very good book such as this.
Pennsylvania is one of four states known as a "Commonwealth" and in the case of many state legislators, they take that FAR too literally. The wealth of the state was theirs to plunder.
From 2007 through 2012, prosecutors charged 37 public officials with ties to the Capitol with public corruption. That is just a tiny slice of the corruption throughout the state's history that Bumsted has observed reporting and now details.
An analysis by the Daily Beast of the most corrupt states in the country based on arrests and convictions for public corruption and fraud ranked Pennsylvania number eight.Read more ›
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A good book for anyone to read if you would like to see how your elected officials work for their own benefit and not yours. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SER
I strongly recommend this detailed autopsy of Pennsylvania's notorious political culture, by one of the state's best and most substantive Capitol reporters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rep. Phil English
Great read, very accurate. As pointed out in the book, it is a shame the people tasked with investigating and prosecuting public corruption, receive their funding for the most... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Polly
This is an excellent book. I have lived in Pennsylvania for 40+ years so I do remember most of the scandals and subsequent trials discussed in the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gordon Davis Jr.
For years Brad Bumsted has been an independent-minded capitol reporter we turn to in Pennsylvania to find out what's really going on in our declining and corrupt state. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bill Keisling
Far from exhaustive but nonetheless interesting even as one detects suggestions that writer is sympathetic and, in some instances, empathetic with many of the underminers of public... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Taoiseach Da Caisel
Quality retrospective on Pennsylvania governing history. I didn't think it would be as interesting as it is. However, the writing is great.Published 18 months ago by df