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Timely, Actionable Volume on America's Debt Scourge,
This review is from: The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America (Hardcover)
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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time demands can prevent in-depth learning, prompting them to rely on longstanding views and facts that may well be out of date.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." Of course, given our representative democracy, Washington represents our nation's aspirations and failings faithfully. One hopes for more politicians such as Tom Coburn, who can look beyond interest group politics and seek to break the debt monster through a thoroughgoing examination and re justification of all government programs, no exceptions, no sacred cows.
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Initial post: May 29, 2012 3:51:01 PM PDT
Marvin Brough says:
One of the reasons for limiting the terms of our elected officials is to prevent such actions as those that are happening at this time. There are way to many of these people still in office and they need to be voted out and sent home to retire so that new people can get in the slots they leave behind. Until that happens we can expect more of what we are getting now.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 10:46:21 AM PDT
Kiro Obi says:
You are so right Marvin. I hope I live to see term limits in The House and The Senate.
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