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"Tom Coburn tells the truth, and tips over everyone's sacred cows." ---Al Simpson, former Senator --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"In The Debt Bomb, Tom outlines how all Americans can work together to strengthen our critical health and retirement security programs, reform our tax code, and lift our crushing burden of debt. Dr. Coburn has accurately diagnosed the problem and offers a sensible prescription to solve it. More than anything, he makes a compelling case for urgency and action before the crisis becomes incurable."
- Paul Ryan, 2012 Republican nominee for Vice President

"The five loveliest words in the English language are those that begin the First Amendment: 'Congress shall make no law . . .' Notice the most underused word in contemporary Washington: 'No.' Fortunately, Tom Coburn uses it with gusto in attacking the crisis so well described in this book. He is a man with a plan, and the steely determination to implement it."
- George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist

"Nobody understands our nation's fiscal nightmare better than Dr. Coburn, and no one else has proposed more concrete ways to attack our fiscal problems.  Tom Coburn gets it.  He readily admits there is no easy way out of the fiscal mess our politicians have gotten us into.  And he is bold enough and smart enough to propose real solutions that will put our fiscal house in order.  Tom Coburn is my hero."
- Erskine Bowles, White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton

"Dr. Tom Coburn is the real deal. He's not a politician; he's a citizen in office. Day in and day out, he's been fighting to shrink the federal government, and has been attacked by his own party and the political opposition for doing so. Now he's written a book outlining in stark terms the problems the nation is facing. Dr. Coburn is a real American hero, and he's standing against the tide in the United States Senate. If you want the truth, from the inside, you need to read this book."
- Mark Meckler, cofounder and National Chairman of the Tea Party Patriots

"The Debt Bomb is superb. It's a smart, gutsy, and captivating take on how Washington got us into this mess-it then gives the taxpayers some real answers and solutions as to how to get out of it! If you're sick and tired of Washington politicians making excuses and pandering mush, this book will be a sheer delight. Tom Coburn tells the truth, and tips over everyone's sacred cows."
- Al Simpson, former Senator

"Tom Coburn is a rare breed in a town filled with big spending Democrats and big government Republicans. As a fellow member of the Class of 1994, I've seen Tom stay true to the values of our cause while others sold out to Washington's highest bidders. With America's future hanging in the balance, Tom has written a book that warns of a coming debt bomb that threatens to destroy our economy and our future. If you want to know how Washington can avert the coming crisis, read this important book."
- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe

"No one in Congress has done more to shift the debate from growing government to cutting spending than Tom Coburn. When others were silent, he courageously stood up to big spenders in both parties, exposed the wasteful earmarks like the Bridge to Nowhere, and called for an end to corporate welfare that undermines our free market economy. In The Debt Bomb, Tom outlines bold, decisive action to save our nation from fiscal collapse. It's a privilege to fight alongside him to defend freedom."
- Senator Jim DeMint

"Throughout his distinguished career, Senator Tom Coburn has been one of the most consistent advocates for fiscal sanity and responsibility in Washington. Based on unambiguous evidence and moral principle, The Debt Bomb not only articulates the dangerous consequences of our runaway spending, but also offers courageous, responsible, no-nonsense solutions for restoring America to prosperity. This is an important book at a critical time in our nation's history."
- Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Reagan and host of Morning in America
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159555467X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554673
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By James Strock VINE VOICE on April 24, 2012
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One might well approach with caution any book that has a practicing politician as an author. Even where there is a co-author or ghost writer, the result can be overly cautious, even formulaic. Like so much else around an elected official, incessant time demands can prevent in-depth learning, prompting them to rely on longstanding views and facts that may well be out of date.

'The Debt Bomb' blasts straight through such concerns. Senator Tom Coburn is a rarity in today's high-level American politics. He's a true citizen legislator. He's much more a creature of his constituents than someone who is driven by a desire for passing fame in Washington, D.C. Apropos of the topic of debt, he's been prescient and principled.

It seems that each generation produces a select group of politicians who stand for fiscal rectitude, even to the point of eccentricity given the federal government's proclivity for ever greater spending of tax dollars. To the ranks of skinflints like H.R. Gross of Iowa and Bill Proxmire of Wisconsin, we can now add Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

The difference is that today, to an unprecedented extent, public and private debt is the defining issue of our historical moment. Coburn's role is correspondingly significant.

A fundamental challenge is outlining the problem of debt so that people can understand it. In a representative democracy it's a necessary precondition for government action. Coburn and co-author John Hart accomplish this well. They lay out the historical context, they encapsulate the current conditions, and the illuminate the broader context of our national character and culture.

The book's subtitle is "a bold plan to stop Washington from bankrupting America.
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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Meckler on April 17, 2012
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Sen. Coburn's book should add to the outrage that people already feel about the federal government. With a current approval rating of 6%, it's hard to believe people could have a lower opinion of Congress, but after reading this book, they will (especially the Senate in which Coburn sits). But it's not all doom and gloom. In the book Dr. Coburn writes a prescription for what ails the nation. The patient is on the verge of a severe cardiac event, but with immediate and long term treatment, the patient can be saved. All of us have a stake in the health of the nation, and we need to address its ills right now, before it's too late. Everyone should read the book, and take the good Doctor's advice very seriously.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John T. Morris on April 23, 2012
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Note to Mitt Romney: If you are really serious about fixing the economy and reducing the size of government, select Senator Coburn to be your running mate. His book puts a frightening spotlight on what's wrong with our Federal government and why 91% disapprove of Congress today. I cite just one excerpt: "The problem in Washington is not "gridlock" or an inability to agree. The problem is both parties have agreed to borrow and spend way beyond our means." Sen. Coburn, you're my man.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By physics lover VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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This is an excellent book by Dr. Coburn, who is a current Republican Senator from Oklahoma. He is not your typical Republican Senator; he is equally likely to criticize the Republican Party as harshly as he criticizes the Democratic Party. He may be the only Senator in Washington who does not care if he does not get re-elected. He is certainly the only Senator in Washington who is not in the pockets of the lobbyists for special interests. After reading the book, I got to admire him for his independence and his principles, but not necessarily for every one of his ideas and proposals.

I will separate the contents of the book into three, which I will name "what", "why", and "how".

1) The chapters on "What" describe the Debt problem we have in detail. Dr. Coburn is not the first one to expose this problem. But he is the first (and unfortunately the only) Senator who has seriously tried to work with other Senators to find a workable solution in a non-partisan way. Before reading this book, I was well aware of the Debt problem. Dr. Coburn basically added a lot more data and examples to my knowledge. It is well worth reading the book just for that alone.

2) The best (and to me the scariest) part of the book are those chapters and sections that describe "Why". Here, Dr. Coburn analyzes why we ended up having the Debt problem. His analysis concludes that the corruption and the inertia of the "career" politicians in Washington is the reason for the problem in the first place. This is nothing short of a true exposé of what goes on in Congress. We hear about this sort of stuff daily from all kinds of media, but this is the first time an insider tells us about some of the details of what goes on behind the closed doors.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Huse on April 25, 2012
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Growing up in Kansas, my typical response to jibes about my home state were usually "hey, at least I don't live in Oklahoma". Well, after reading this book, I would officially like to retract those comments and use Nebraska instead, because the citizens of Oklahoma gave this country a huge gift when they sent Dr. Tom Coburn to Congress.

The ultimate Don Quixote of fiscal conservatism remains this country's best hope to pull us back from the brink. Sen. Coburn's book is distressing on so many levels, but unlike so many books that only try to tell you the problem that exists and how it developed, Tom gives this nation and more importantly his peers a detailed solution (actually lots of solutions). Unlike other politicians who claim during their campaign that they will go "line by line through the budget", Tom actually has. Nothing is sacred and he finds places to cut and save everywhere.

But in the end, he points to one major problem that Congress will never correct on its own. Political Careerism! If the citizens of this country and the states of this union want to rescue the economy from the (literally) "overnight collapse" of our way of life that Tom's first chapter so clearly illustrates, then it is up to the states to force a term limit amendment to the constitution. (3 terms for the house, 2 terms for the senate)

For a century of this country's history, state governments were the brunt of most corruption jokes and scandals, because that is where the money and power was. While they still have their fair share, the federal government now leads the pack (GSA conferences being just the latest). For some reason the country has yet to understand that all of their money goes to Washington, DC and stays there.
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