- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Blue Point Books (November 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883423430
- ISBN-13: 978-1883423438
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Billionaires and Bagmen is the story of what happens when a few people in a small town decide that they have finally had enough. Convinced that our system is no longer of, by and for the people, that all three branches of government are bought and paid for, and that reform efforts are a complete joke, they decide to do something about it. Led by Sean Cogan, a prickly, funny, charismatic, economist turned venture capitalist, and a group of old high school friends, they decide to take on the powerful billionaires, corrupt multinational corporations and their bagmen: the politicians and lobbyists who carry out their agenda.Cogan heads to Town Hall, plunks down $250 and registers an initiative for the November ballot for the town of Fairview to declare its independence from everybody. Things quickly spin out of control. Particularly when the powers that be in Washington become concerned that this independence movement could take on a life of its own.Cogan and his gang plow ahead, in spite of the collusion of spies, lobbyists, a controversial talk show host and a whole boatload of other unsavory characters. Its an exciting, scary and dangerous ride. The climate for real change ripens. But is it too late?
About the Author
Ray Bourhis is uniquely qualified to be a political pundit and an enemy of unbridled corporate and political corruption. A lawyer and consumer advocate practicing out of San Francisco, California, Bourhis has been at the forefront of the battle against greed and excessive power for most of his life. Bourhis grew up in the tough neighborhood of Elmhurst in Queens, New York. He credits an attempt by local street gang members to throw him, at the age of twelve, into a blazing bonfire with helping him develop the survival skills needed to spend his legal career taking on insurance companies. Bourhis got his BA at Ohio State University. In his senior year, he created the University's first mascot in eighty-five years with his then girlfriend, Sally Lanyon. Ray and Sally launched the mascot, unannounced, onto the football field in the middle of the marching band's homecoming half-time show. When he waddled off the field, 82,000 fans chanted, "We want the mascot! We want the mascot!" and the OSU icon, now known as Brutus Buckeye, was born. After graduating from Ohio State, he took a job teaching in a rural high school in Appalachia, where he got fired for putting together a pilot project with Senator Robert Kennedy for students to work on Arizona Indian Reservations during the summer. Bourhis wound up as one of Kennedy’s key staffers, working with the Senator on his presidential campaign. He then joined the Domestic Peace Corps (VISTA) and was sent to California as a community organizer with the farm workers. Ray’s passion for fighting for the underdog ultimately led him to the UC Berkeley School of Law where he founded a student-run public interest law firm that became known as CalPirg. Since law school Bourhis has specialized in representing policyholders in cases involving the wrongful denial of long-term disability (LTD) insurance claims. His firm has set legal precedents and obtained record verdicts and settlements in that field. Bourhis’ Billionaires and Bagmen reflects a lifetime of disdain for what he considers the hijacking of America. And what happens with Sean Cogan and his friends in Fairview may well turn fiction into fact. In addition to Billionaires and Bagmen, Bourhis is the author of the soon to be released Preemption: A License to Steal Your Medical/ LTD Benefits. He also co-authored The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told to His Parents Sally Lanyon and Ray Bourhis, published in 2015 to honor Brutus’ 50th birthday.
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BILLIONAIRES and BAGMEN: What Happens When A Small Town Takes Them On
Sean Cogan is disgusted in how Big Government, run by Big Money, runs our lives.. It's rigged against The People, & he's not going to take it anymore. He convinces some friends to join him to pass an Initiative, to Declare their city, of Fairview, Independent from Gov't Laws, Court Decisions & Officials. They want to get back to "Gov't by the People, & For the People...." How do they go about passing that Initiative? What opposition do they face, locally & all the way to Washington D.C.?
The author doesn't give the State, Fairview is located in. He implies Texas; but it could be a State next to it. The author seemed to have an inconsistent voice when introducing the characters. He gave too many detail on some, then others not enough details. I found that more confusing & with a slow pace, than intriguing. But I preserved & the story picked up it's pace.
I saw how the 2016 Presidential Race has many similarities with this story. The author clearly articulates his views on our troubled U.S. Gov't, & what he sees as the only solution to make any real & lasting changes for the better.
I got this ARC through NetGalley, & theses are my honest feelings. This is a Good Clean & Relevant Political Story. I feel good recommending it to anyone, of any political belief!
A fun, quick read! It's entertaining and about small towns taking back control. You can believe what the characters are doing as the story advances. It's a real page turner! A good read. The author did a good job writing an believable plot and the characters were like real people, just like you and me.