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The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Tom Coburn tells the truth, and tips over everyone's sacred cows." ---Al Simpson, former Senator
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"In The Debt Bomb, Tom outlines how all Americans can work together to strengthen our critical health and retirement security programs, reform our tax code, and lift our crushing burden of debt. Dr. Coburn has accurately diagnosed the problem and offers a sensible prescription to solve it. More than anything, he makes a compelling case for urgency and action before the crisis becomes incurable."
- Paul Ryan, 2012 Republican nominee for Vice President
"The five loveliest words in the English language are those that begin the First Amendment: 'Congress shall make no law . . .' Notice the most underused word in contemporary Washington: 'No.' Fortunately, Tom Coburn uses it with gusto in attacking the crisis so well described in this book. He is a man with a plan, and the steely determination to implement it."
- George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist
"Nobody understands our nation's fiscal nightmare better than Dr. Coburn, and no one else has proposed more concrete ways to attack our fiscal problems. Tom Coburn gets it. He readily admits there is no easy way out of the fiscal mess our politicians have gotten us into. And he is bold enough and smart enough to propose real solutions that will put our fiscal house in order. Tom Coburn is my hero."
- Erskine Bowles, White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton
"Dr. Tom Coburn is the real deal. He's not a politician; he's a citizen in office. Day in and day out, he's been fighting to shrink the federal government, and has been attacked by his own party and the political opposition for doing so. Now he's written a book outlining in stark terms the problems the nation is facing. Dr. Coburn is a real American hero, and he's standing against the tide in the United States Senate. If you want the truth, from the inside, you need to read this book."
- Mark Meckler, cofounder and National Chairman of the Tea Party Patriots
"The Debt Bomb is superb. It's a smart, gutsy, and captivating take on how Washington got us into this mess-it then gives the taxpayers some real answers and solutions as to how to get out of it! If you're sick and tired of Washington politicians making excuses and pandering mush, this book will be a sheer delight. Tom Coburn tells the truth, and tips over everyone's sacred cows."
- Al Simpson, former Senator
"Tom Coburn is a rare breed in a town filled with big spending Democrats and big government Republicans. As a fellow member of the Class of 1994, I've seen Tom stay true to the values of our cause while others sold out to Washington's highest bidders. With America's future hanging in the balance, Tom has written a book that warns of a coming debt bomb that threatens to destroy our economy and our future. If you want to know how Washington can avert the coming crisis, read this important book."
- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
"No one in Congress has done more to shift the debate from growing government to cutting spending than Tom Coburn. When others were silent, he courageously stood up to big spenders in both parties, exposed the wasteful earmarks like the Bridge to Nowhere, and called for an end to corporate welfare that undermines our free market economy. In The Debt Bomb, Tom outlines bold, decisive action to save our nation from fiscal collapse. It's a privilege to fight alongside him to defend freedom."
- Senator Jim DeMint
"Throughout his distinguished career, Senator Tom Coburn has been one of the most consistent advocates for fiscal sanity and responsibility in Washington. Based on unambiguous evidence and moral principle, The Debt Bomb not only articulates the dangerous consequences of our runaway spending, but also offers courageous, responsible, no-nonsense solutions for restoring America to prosperity. This is an important book at a critical time in our nation's history."
- Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Reagan and host of Morning in America --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Senator Coburn's book does not go deeply into the world wide mess that might evolve from a US debt default, nor does it address the world wide impact of China ruling the economic world because of a US debt debacle; however, the extrapolation is there for all to see. Our failure to solve our debt problems could easily lead to a US debt default, a withdrawal of the US from the world stage, and the rise of a totalitarian nation to take our place. There is NO free world economy or military that stands behind the USA. If we fail the free world fails. The fact that many in the USA view our system as corrupt and deserving of catastrophic collapse is bad enough. If that collapse actually happens those wishing for the worst may well see how important the US was in preserving not only the world economy but the traditions of freedom that have improved our world since 1945. A China or Russia, or a combination of the two, might not lead to a world of total darkness, but it will lead to a world where censorship is the norm and government born cronyism is the preferred business model.
The problem is Senator Coburn expects the electorate to solve the problem by calling on their elected representatives to do their job and save the financial underpinnings of the country. While he points out the problems of professional politicians, et al, he actually has no real answers for the political class buying votes, a policy which is key to understanding our problems. As long as the politicians in DC can buy votes with other people's money they will continue to do so. The fact that they have not acted on this pressing debt problem for 20 plus years is ample proof they have no incentive to do anything that might kick them out of office. The power and prestige of holding office is too much to give up for these people who are all but worshiped by those around them. Who is going to willingly give up such a role? Only George Washington was willing to take that step, and without a Constitutional Amendment limiting the president to two terms, several others would have followed FDR into years and years of holding onto power in the White House.
What the Senator does not admit is there is no answer. The Tea Party can't elect enough people to make a difference because too many people are on the dole. With nearly 50 percent of the population paying zero taxes, or getting money from the government, how can anyone break the corrupt bargain and lower spending? Look at California. After the Mexicans took over it is going bankrupt. Why? Because the people there expect the government to pay for everything and they want to pay zero into the government. Someone else has to pay, never the "lower class". What isn't going to be learned, in California or the US, is the "upper class" isn't very large and can't pay for everything and the middle class is being destroyed. The Welfare state will destroy everyone and everything we have, but the politicians do not care. Even as the nation crashes and burns they will say "it wasn't my fault" and drive away in their limousines to their vast estates to bask in the sun.
It is a wonderful warning, but it will go totally unheeded.
Senator Coburn was one of the only realists on capital hill, members of both parties disliked him for telling the truth in his waste books, putting pork on display for anyone to read about. Even though he was honestly a good friend of president Obama he would constantly call him out on budget issues. There is no one to take his place so far, just selfish politicians only interested in getting re elected or bringing pork home to their own state.
I don't follow politics much, but I believe that Mr. Coburn is honest and to the point, as he accurately demonstrates that the debt issue is caused by both republicans and democrats, and his book is not a self promotion or bashing his political rivals. Mr. Coburn presents the issues and potential solutions that most politicians choose to ignore in order to stay in power.
If you are looking for a good place to start in trying to better understand the debt issue our country faces (or even just how politics in Washington D.C. works in general), this is definitely a book you should consider reading. While I do not necessarily agree with everything Dr. Coburn has to say, I can appreciate that he has outlined a starting point for reducing our debt and diffusing the growing threat that is our debt bomb. Enjoy reading!
I am almost finished reading Breach of Trust, also by the same author.
If you want to know what REALLY goes on in congress, I couldn't recommend a better book than Breach of Trust. He writes openly about both parties. Courage like this seems a rare commodity in Washington right now.