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Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth
on November 15, 2011
The title of this review provides a humorous take on Peter Schweitzer's findings and tone.
This book is organized by methods that elected officials and others connected to them can legally earn more money. I never imagined anything like this, that's how naive I must be.
Schweizer addresses this question: How do some top politicians exit office with millions more than credible based on their salaries and perhaps some patient investing? Nobody that I know of has taken on this question until Throw Them All Out was published.
Many legally enrich themselves through earmarks, real estate deals, securities violations, trading on inside information, self-dealing with stimulus funds and literally every budget item. That's a brief summary. It's not all politicians though.