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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
I saw the recent CBS 60 Minutes episode which made reference to this book and decided to read it. At certain points it feels like finger pointing but you soon realize as the author points out that nearly every political in Washington is involved in what the author and others term crony capitalism. This book is a real eye opener to the US's present debt situation and you can't blame it all on the housing market crash. Once you see how to payer dollars are handed out left and right with no accountability and no additional action which makes any public impact, you begin to realize that we have a much bigger problem on our hands. Take a good look at why certain things are pushed like green jobs, etc. it's simply handing millions upon millions to groups which politicians are affiliated with. The author leaves no stone in turned. Great depth of research. Ultimately it comes down to the lawmakers being exempt from the very rules they create. No such thing as conflict of interest or of insider trading when it comes to politicians in Washington. Well worth the money to be fully informed and the author shows a path to get us out of the damn mess that politicians have created.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
If you can read this book and still think the partisan gridlock and the one set of rules for the political elite and their cronies and one for everyone else is a good idea you're insane!
Just look at the way the cockroaches are scrambling to give the Stock Act some airing after 5 years of ignoring it.
They want to make you think they are "appalled" but really they are just ignored someone removed the rock and they were exposed to the light.
By this book and don't be blind again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
Forget throwing the current members of Congress out; they will need to be dragged out kicking and screaming. Schweizer's book drops your jaw with the turn of every page while the phrase "they did what?!?" will be flying out of your mouth outloud. Whether you are a political junky, a new-comer, or a casual observer, this manuscript reads near to fiction. The audience will not believe what are elected representatives have been up to when it comes to their personal wealth and how they bend the rules to achieve their goals. The laws that imprison a private citizen are not applicable to elected officials. You may be asking how that is possible; simple. They exempted themselves from the rules!

Schweizer comes out swinging and goes the full twelve rounds without breaking a sweat. Now the winner of the match will be determined by the judges; the American voter. While the majority of working families watched the stock market dive, rise, and then drop drastically again, those hard working families could do nothing but keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best. A small minority had faith in their government to halt the [sic] out of control market. And while steps were taken to do so behind closed doors members of Congress were enriching themselves buy investing according to insider information. While country was on fire our elected officials were stocking up on marshmallows, sharp sticks, and seasoned lumber. It was party time and every official showed up with their investments.

"Throw Them All Out" is the first step to put in to motion the reciprocal swing of the collective pendulum and get it to swing harder, faster, and higher away from the collectivism that plagues our nation. These people have a vested interest in chaos. While the country rides along the razor's edge, with collapse on one side and prosperity on the other, those tasked with upholding the Constitution are too busy buying options, earmarking projects to boost their real estate investments, etc.

Step one is admitting you have a problem. And there is no more thorough explanation and admission of our potentially deadly problem than Schweizer's book. You wont regret this purchase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
In contrast to the spin provided by our national media and by those representing both American political parties, "Throw Them All Out" explains, in connect-the-dots logic and detail, the ghastly cronyism and wealth re-distribution that has been perpetrated by what are supposed to be our "public servants", and their wealthy contributors. Bringing up fiscal improprieties spanning from conflict-of-interest to extortion. Bribery to favoritism. Illegal trading practices to funding pet projects with taxpayer money.

This book hits at the very core of why the world (not just the United States) is ensconced in this potentially terminal debt and economic crisis. And in the last chapters, brings forth suggestions to mitigate these problems. Solutions which could avert cataclysmic economic disaster. But implementing these solutions will take courage from both disciplined elected officials and voters who will hopefully learn how to discern political candidates who would likely address and fix the problems from those who would likely perpetuate or exacerbate them.

This book should also be read by those at the "Occupy" (Wall Street) protests......... Although the complaints are real and the anger is in most part justified, the protestors could be better informed on both who and what are actually causing the widespread economic devastation....... So the protestors could then direct their angst toward the real perpetrators of this crisis. The blame includes many on Wall Street, but extends far beyond Wall Street.

Money might be powerful, but information could be even more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
Ever wonder how politicians enter politics solidly in the middle class and leave a millionaire? This book explains exactly how they do it.

Buy an isolated piece of property, use an earmark to build a highway exit ramp nearby and watch your property value rise! Conflict of interest in the private sector but totally legal with Senators and Congressmen. Who knew?

If that doesn't work, how about meeting with the treasury department concerning bailout plans then buying stocks in the firms that will get government money? Insider trading in the public sector but totally acceptable for legislators.

Once again, congress exempts itself from the regulations they force on the rest of us. It is unbelievable how our elected officials and their friends use tax money to improve their own personal financial situations. The party affiliation means nothing to me, but the unbelievable lack of ethics blows my mind.

Voters out their need to learn about this stuff and see what goes on in the halls of congress. This is NOT what our founders intended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT READ! This is one of the most distrubing books that I have read ever. It is simply scaring what Peter Schweizer writes about in the going on's of Washington with our so called elective officials who "represent" us and our interest. I never felt so naive. Rest assured that though the books portraits a lot of unethical behavior on the Democratic party, the Republicans are just as guilty--- I know that some reviewers of this book are keeping a score card. Please go to You Tube and see a short video by the late George Carlin called "It's a Club and Your Not In It." Peter Schweizer and George Carlin are on the same page--and they are totally correct in their thinking. God help us All.

Frank Storino
Glendale, Az
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
Throw Them All Out is a must-read prior to the upcoming primaries. However, like the title of my review states, don't read it if you suffer from anger issues because it will definitely make your blood boil. While I'm at it, I should probably warn the insomniacs out there. So, if you suffer from insomnia don't read this book before going to bed because you'll be so upset by it you won't sleep for days. And then, when you finally do catch some zzzzz's your sleep will be filled with evil greedy politicians... in other words, you are going to have terrifying nightmares!

On a more serious note, the book is truly a must read. Schweizer fingers both sides of the aisle and states the facts to prove it.

I PLAN ON VOTING THEM ALL OUT. How about you???
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
In a free-market society, people should only be able to enrich themselves by benefiting their partners in trade.
Thus every free trade would benefit all parties, else they wouldn't participate. Henry Ford described the economy as a rising tide that lifts all the boats; he was glad to have "all Americans become more prosperous because then he could sell them more cars. This is called a win-win game.

The clear purpose of government is to provide an environment that prevents people from cheating each other so that all citizens can prosper. Other than that, government should simply get out of the way of productivity and true charity.

Even the poorest would benefit as the rising tide made more goods available at lower prices, labor more productive, even as the rich become more prosperous by satisfying the need of the masses of consumers.

As Schweizer so thoroughly reveals, however, the lawmakers have been able to pervert the law, to create for themselves a "privileged permanent class of politicians" who can enrich themselves through legalized theft by turning the market into a "zero-sum game" where wealth is acquired through fraud, cronyism and blatant looting of the public purse. They openly use our tax money to reward themselves and their friends.

The staggering revelation in Schweizer's new book, "Throw Them All Out" is not that evil men with power become corrupt, but that the law has been written to make this theft "legal."

In addition, Congress defines for itself what is "ethical" and it is deemed "ethical" to provide outrageous benefits to themselves through government-paid activities "as long as at least one other citizen benefits" from the project or program. Thus senators and representatives continue to openly enrich themselves through privileged access to insider information, land deals, grants to cronies without fear of punishment (because it's legal) all in the name of projects "for the public good."

How is it we all recognize what's going on, but nobody can change it? Why is it that very wealthy people such as Warren Buffett, Kerry, Pelosi, Reid are such strong advocates of high taxation and larger government? Why should George Soros spend so much to provoke disorder and undermine capitalism? Why are so many rich people in favor of government "redistributing the wealth?"
This book explains the paradox of the rich socialist.

Those with power may want more government because they can use it to maintain and expand their own wealth without having to earn it. Meanwhile, they are draining the lake so that we all end up impoverished. What Schweizer described as a zero-sum game, merely redistributing the wealth, actually becomes a lose-lose destruction of incentives and productivity.

As President Obama declares the responsibility to "do good for the least of God's children"- Look at whose money he is planning to do it with! Beware of political "government" charity. The real beneficiaries are the rich politicians!

This is a landmark book. Schweizer's advocates changing the laws so that the privileged political class is subject to the same rules as we are against insider trading and conflict of interest.

It would be better to restore the concept of the law to preventing theft by getting the government out of all its business and "charitable" activities. Public Service should not be personally lucrative, and the Law should prevent theft rather than facilitating it.

Schweizer concludes that the current permanent political permanent class cannot be expected to change it.
The only way to get it fixed is to "Throw Them All Out."

A good book to read as a follow-up on why government needs to be limited to avoid the perversion of power is Chuck Holmes' All You REALLY Need to Know About Economics: Why Government Bailouts, "Job Creation" and Other Socialist Schemes Don't Work
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A book that should be read by everyone. Peter has done his research and gives dates times and trades. I have always felt politicians were slippery but this exposes a whole new realm. The fact that they use there power to profit from and write legislation so they may benefit from it is not a coincidence. It is about them, they are NOT serving the very people who elected them, and while we are bickering and fighting over democrats and republicans they keep doing there business while we are being distracted over what they are really doing. The last three years of the stock market has been brutal, that is if you do not belong to congress, if your a congressman or women, you can get IPO shares, Nancy Pelosi and her husband reaped thousands of dollars while protecting there special interst that they had in VISA. Shameful. Out with all of them, they are the reason this country is in the shape it is in. WAKE up people, read this book and then give it to your friends and family to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
A must read for all Americans - should be mandatory reading for all high schools students. This book hopefully will influence citizens in the next few elections to demand of all candidates a commitment to enacting legislation to stop all insider trading and influence peddling.
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