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What Makes You Think We Read the Bills Paperback – October 1, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0916054786 ISBN-10: 0916054780 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Green Hill; 2nd edition (October 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916054780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916054786
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senator H. L. Richardson (Ret.) is a twenty-two-year veteran of the California State Senate. Founder of Gun Owners of California and Gun Owners of America, Richardson has focused his extensive political career on the preservation and protection of our Second Amendment rights. An active hunter and outdoorsman, Senator Richardson continues to be actively involved in state and national politics. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association for 10 years and remains an active NRA Life member. Sen. H. L. Richardson's (Ret.) unique perspectives and use of humor keep him in demand as a speaker and writer. He regularly provides colorful media commentary on a host of issues. He has written for numerous national publications, and is the author of two successful humorous political books, Slightly to the Right and What Makes You Think We Read the Bills? The latter is used as a textbook in political science classes throughout California. In his controversial book, Confrontational Politics, Senator Richardson has written a game plan for playing to win. He clearly explains his core belief that politics should be a struggle of competing ideologies, not a game of compromise and accommodation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rider on February 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
While this book is not timely, the stories told are timeless and funny. Moreover, the situation has only gotten WORSE since Richardson was in the legislature.

And don't think it's just the California legislature. I've seen this over and over on the local level (San Diego County and its cities). But it's on the federal level, where they pass bills literally a 1,000+ pages long, that you'll find that too often NO ONE has read the entire bill.

It would be wonderful if this little gem was read in the nation's civics classes. Kids need to move from the THEORY of democracy to seeing how the sausage is actually made in the factory.

Richard Rider, Chairman
San Diego Tax Fighters
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Global Octopus on December 19, 2008
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HL Richardson writes a very funny and very wise book about the California Legislature, and why it was dysfunctional in its day (and a total disaster now).

He shows how a reasonably sound Central Valley businessman is sucked in to the process of government "helping people" by the system.

HLR was a conservative, but don't be deterred if you aren't. This is one of the wisest political books since another HL--Mencken.
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By P. Valentine on June 1, 2013
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GOOD EXPLANATION OF HOW CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN WORK. WHETHER ON THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT. I ALWAYS SUSPECTED THIS BUT NOW I KNOW.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James MacDonald on January 13, 2010
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If you were wondering how the so-called 'great state' of CA came to be in the dire straits that it is in today, then this book is a good place to start in understanding why. You begin to see why politicians have acquired such a bad reputation for themselves over the years, like their being described as `pond scum' & shysters. This was an entertaining read & at 136 pages it was quick. But it is sad to think that this was back in 1978, & then you look at today. I leave you here with a few excerpts from the last chapter, 'God Alone' - "It would be wonderful if man were perfectible, but, alas, it will never be in this life. Perfectibility presupposes that imperfect man knows what perfection is & that an imperfect man is capable of implementing perfection. ... Human perfectibility is accomplishable only by God & by Him alone. ... Man's nature is flawed, but he is not without redeeming qualities. ... Freedom creates a dynamic force. A complex society can only survive where man's talents are allowed to prosper, individual creativity is encourages & rewarded, excellence is sought, & mediocrity is relegated to its proper station. ... Freedom necessarily elevates the individual, & as the individual improves, society benefits as a whole. What else is society than a collection of individuals? ... One need look only at the history of mankind to see the inevitability of human freedom. Man, in all of his dumbness, has been struggling upward--falling back from time to time, but ever so perceptibly advancing, painfully discovering the revealed truths of the nature of man. One truth should now be evident. Each person has inalienable rights & government's role should be limited to the protection of personal freedom. Unfortunately, America is now temporality staggering backward, away from liberty. We are submerging into the warm goo of a paternalistic government & constricting our freedom of movement. In our all too human quest for security we are offering our personal freedom as the price."
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