Two former corrupt congress critters come together to write a book decrying something or other?!?!?!? Who of any sanity could possibly care what these two have to say? Reminds me of all those congress types forever claiming to be working for the people [Jim McDermott, cofounder of the India Caucus to replace American workers with foreign visa workers from India] who, like the former majority leader from Spokane, WA, immediately become extremely highly paid lobbyists for anti-worker organizations!
Trent Lott (Rep) and Tom Daschle (Dem) team up to decry the broken politics and gridlock of Washington and offer suggestions for making our republican democracy work again. Many of the complaints are commonly known, but some of the suggested fixes are less apparent to those looking at Congress from the outside. For example, did you know Congress "works" only 3 days a week--Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday? This schedule exists to accommodate our elected representatives and senators so that they can get on a plane and leave Washington for a long weekend. They're not necessarily doing nothing during this time; they're probably fund raising and working on constituent relations. But why is this bad? Because, the authors posit, no one knows anyone anymore. And this leads to bad blood. The book is sprinkled with numerous anecdotes of bipartisanship over the years. Well worth the read.
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