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Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day: The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians Are Bankrupting America Paperback – Bargain Price, October 4, 2005
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“A strong, independent voice...[a] hard-hitting collection of revelations.” (Mario M. Cuomo )
“Scarborough pulls no punches.” (Daily News )
Top Customer Reviews
He laments that Republicans are not the party of Reagan anymore. Both major parties demand allegiance to their platforms before their principles. Government grows at the expense of citizen's wallets and personal freedoms. These and other pithy statements fill this book.
He explains how, after Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, party leaders eventually "began buying votes and building a patronage system by spending other people's money - specifically yours and mine." Sending pork home was one of the best ways to insure reelection.
Scarborough is especially shocked and saddened that "while New York and Washington were still burning, congressmen and senators added pork projects for their home districts onto an emergency spending bill aimed at September 11th relief needs."
While he is critical of Democrats and Republicans, he reminds the reader that most Democrats never promised to cut spending and taxes. Most Republicans did, making their sell-out even more offensive.
Beside the massive spending spree, the book discusses such moral efforts as defense of marriage and character education in schools. Adding federally mandated student testing, Scarborough asks the "conservative moralists" if they "really believe Republicans will run the White House forever? Or do they simply plan to resume their assaults on the socialization of education when Democrats retake the White House?"
The book was obviously written and edited quickly to come out before the November elections.Read more ›
As a regular viewer of his show, I looked forward to reading the gory details of the circus in Washington. Scarborough shows early and often what his deepest, most passionate hatred is about Washington: wastful, irresponsible pork barrel spending. The examples of wastful spending in Congress is apalling. The bribes, payoffs and hypocracy and corruption is enraging. His story of how he got into Congress is inspiring for anyone thinking of running for a House Seat. His accounts of what Washington is like just screams reform. And his suggestions are lucid and practical and should go into practice.
The detailed blame he puts on his own party for the astronomical and dangerous deficits accumulated over the past 4 years of GOP-controlled Washington is shocking. The two-faced, self serving image he paints on most people in Washington would make almost anyone vote their congressman and senator OUT of office.
Great book for reform advocates and honest people. We are not alone. Joe is on OUR side.
About the only drawback in my opinion is the partisanship tainted throughout the book. Although he's mad at his party leaders, he still aplogizes for his party by saying where it should be. Angry, honest Democrats and Liberals could say the same thing. His dismissal of Dem's as inherently bad and critique of Repub's as acting like Dem's is biased.Read more ›
He makes it quite clear that the Republican Party is no longer standing by its own ideological beliefs, but rather is spending astronomical amounts of money to fund programs which are not truly benefitting the American public. Too much pork-barreling is happening, as well as too much backscratching. Scarborough was one man who tried to make a difference, but the numbers clearly overpowered him. The lobbyists, the powerhouses on the Hill, and all those affiliated with special interest groups are the ones really running America.
We need more Joe Scarboroughs in Congress. The more people we can get, who recognize and live up to their duties as legislators, then perhaps the better a chance we stand in turning our country around for the better.
It's actually quite scary, to not really know what back door deals are being brokered in the congresspeople's self-interest of being re-elected. I think all of our legislators need to read this book, and as a supplement, watch "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" as a refresher for being a honest and admirable public servant.
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The author warns that the growing Federal debt is creating long term threats to the national economy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
This is a very informative and well written book. The humorous approach used really kept me engaged throughout. I recommend this people over the entire political spectrum.Published on April 21, 2013 by Emonds D. Kelly
I've been a fan of Joe Scarborough since he moved to the mornings on MSNBC. He's got the substantive knowledge (after time spent as a back-row Contract with America congressman),... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by H. P.
The author warns that the growing Federal debt is creating long term threats to the national economy. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by LEON L CZIKOWSKY
After reading this funny but too short book I now know why this country is so screwed up. Joe throws light on the cesspool that is American politics. Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by Arcane Thought
This book is Joe Scarborough's memoirs from his participation as one of 73 members of the "class of 1994" or the "Republican Revolution" that went to Washington to change it for... Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by J.L. Populist
Joe Scarborough's book "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day was written in 2004.
The year 2004 maybe viewed as past history but wow, wow, wow! Read more