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Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget
Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget
by David Wessel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Any American, August 1, 2012
Red Ink explains, simply but powerfully, how the Federal Budget works, what we're spending money on, what we're taking in taxes, and how the Federal debt has become so huge. In page turning fashion, Wessel takes the reader on a tour of the debt, and spells out what it will take to get it under control. Money comes in, and money goes out, and the reason more goes out than comes in comes down to a series of choices made over the decades that have literally mortgaged our future. The book is refreshingly non-partisan, coming from a Pulitzer winning author that sets out the facts, laying blame where appropriate without regard to political ideology, and offering common-sense options to reduce the debt.

Wessel explains the intricacies of a notoriously complex subject--the Federal budget--in a way that even American high schoolers can understand. That's why I am so excited about Red Ink, and why I would recommend it to anyone--conservatives, liberals, independents, and those averse to politics. It's a quick read that boils down the Federal budget and the debt to its essentials, and ignores all the noise that clouds the issue. The more people read this book and understand the stakes, the more confidence we can have that citizens will pressure their leaders, of both parties, to come together and save the country's finances.
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