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Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders Hardcover – August 1, 2003
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About the Author
SenatorTom Coburn is a former business owner and practicing physician. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. A true citizen legislator, he honored his self-imposed term limits pledge and left Congress in 2001. The author of Breach of Trust , a congressional exposé,he returned to public service in 2004 after a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Physician and former Congressman Tom Coburn is a passionate man, with equally ardent views about Congress, the Constitution, and his faith. Characterized by some as a maverick, Coburn examines Washington from a perspective rarely heard. He believes, for example, that Congress should restrict its activities to the letter of the Constitution, and his self-limited three terms in Congress were based on his view that career legislators are bad for the country. Coburn's memoir is interesting, although many points he presents as novel are well known. BREACH OF TRUST is surprisingly entertaining, although Coburn's extreme views will certainly infuriate many readers. Richard Fredricks reads with a twangy voice that is generally effective. Unfortunately, at times he reads far too fast, requiring the listener to exert some effort just to keep pace. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The essence of the message (so far, only 50% thru) is that Washington is a feckless mess, and also that we're all screwed. I love the confirmation of my fears as I've watched our political and governmental system circling the drain during my 60 years circling the sun, but I hate to admit that the solution is us and we aren't willing to be the solution. It's like every Political Science Professor's warning has come true...your government is a reflection of you (and that's ALL of you, not just the good part.)
But, I still recommend it if you're interested in current events and politics.
Note to author: you got some bad advice from your editor when you inserted all that supporting documentation in tiny print...the reprinted letters and articles from various political figures. Reference them, or if you must print (since the web is a moving target and links vanish) use an Appendix approach instead of inserting the supporting material in the flow of the writing.
Good book to read and understand how many of the US elected officials betray their principles and their duty by putting their career first. I find Mr. Coburn to be honest and insightful.
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professional politicians; however,even after trying to pass "term limits", we still end up with...Read more