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The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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Eric Bolling is the host of "America" on CRTV, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of The Swamp and Wake Up America. A native of Chicago, he lives in New Jersey.
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First off, I should say "The Swamp" refers to the collection of politicians in Washington DC (and state legislatures) who are more intent on serving their own interests and the interests of lobbyists, rather than serving the people who elected them. And the result of this corruption? These swamp creatures create policies and regulations that are costly, inefficient, and ineffective for the American people.
The question is how do you drain the swamp? And Eric Bolling has a great solution for President Trump.
But before we get to Bolling's solution (and this is the part I wasn't expecting) the first twelve chapters give you a history of The Swamp. We tend to think of the swamp as something recent. But Bolling shows that the swamp has been with us since the very beginning of the nation. Bolling starts off with Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick cover-up, then goes backwards and forwards in time—covering swamp creatures on both sides of the aisle.
And the level of historical detail is so engrossing. This is why it took me so long to review the book. I enjoyed the history lesson of the swamp in chapters 1-12, so I read it carefully and slowly. It reads like a mystery novel in places, and has so many details. I won't spoil it for you, but as an example of the level of detail, read Chapter 3 on the Hamilton-Burr duel.
At the end of chapters 1-12, you are really angry about The Swamp, because you had no idea it was so pervasive and throughout history. You want a solution to draining it.
The final 3 chapters provide Eric Bolling's solution (to President Trump) for draining the swamp. I'll summarize, but you have to buy and read the book for the details. The main ones are:
1. Stick to business instincts, stay true to common sense principles that make businesses work.
2. Reduce the number of days congress is in session each year.
3. Limit terms.
4. Clamp down on the connection between lobbying and the White House.
5. Put America first, reduce involvement in entagling foreign alliance.
6. Deregulation <= really enjoyed this Chapter 14, the best I've read about the problems of deregulation.
7. Keep listening to the American Public
Chapter 14 was my favorite. Bolling gives a thorough defense on the need for deregulation. Too often The Left and The Media confuse the INTENT of a regulation with the CONSEQUENCE of a regulation. Eric Bolling shows the disastrous consequences of over-regulation on the economy and on innovation. A beautifully done chapter.
If I had to give Eric Bolling a grade on The Swamp, it would be an A+!
since its beginning. I chose to read this book because I am totally fed up with the people who have been elected to represent us. Too many of them are there for the party or for money and don't care about the people of the United States. Government needs to change and soon.