Fellow Goodreaders, this book is a surefire blood boiler. Nevertheless, how I see it, when it comes to the Beltway and its insidious goings-on ignoran...moreFellow Goodreaders, this book is a surefire blood boiler. Nevertheless, how I see it, when it comes to the Beltway and its insidious goings-on ignorance isn't bliss. It is our hard-earned tax-payer money that's being thrown around willy-nilly, our voices that are so not being heard, and hello Congress, you work for We The People so we should know what the hell's happening, at the very least. And this cone of silence needs to cease stat. I mean, seriously, Congress works for Us, represents Us, but apparently not anymore. (The mere act of jotting down my thoughts has caused my heart rate to spike.) Now that that preamble's out of the way ...
What you'll learn from this book besides extortion infesting both sides of the aisle: Congressing is no longer the act of representing their constituents, y'know, the ones who voted them into their fat-cat positions. No, instead Congressing has morphed into a career of milking the system, campaigning daily and corralling bundlers by having their staff deliver thinly veiled threats to powerful corporations. A shakedown if you will taking place. Fearful of retribution the targeted corporations on the other end of a "harmless" fund-raising phone call cough up the Benjamins for, get this, protection. Yeah, you read that correctly. Protection from the DOJ and other alphabet-soup agencies. - e.g., the impartial DOJ that upholds Lady Justice, after receiving an "anonymous" tip, will target the non-donating corporation or individual(s) who had the audacity to decline donating, then investigates them to find any felonious wrongdoings, which lo and behold they do, how uncanny, then they pounce. (Apparently the average American breaks a minimum of 3 laws a day, so there's that.) After having no choice but to be armed to the teeth with lawyers, lest their businesses be shut down indefinitely, millions of dollars flooding out of their bank accounts because of fees etc., the targeted parties acquiesce and become bundlers, doing what they should've done from the get-go- donate, donate, donate. Sound like the Mob? It should, because there's really no difference.
To break it down further: what Chicagoan Rod Blagojevich did to incur a prison sentence is what occurs in Congress on a daily basis, only worse. Rod just wasn't exactly skilled in the art of extortion. His bull-in-the-China shop approach and loose lips got him pinched. Rightfully so, but how's that fair when others are doing the exact same thing only behind closed doors or while voting is taking place on the floor?
Schweizer does an exhaustive job of detailing the corruption and cronyism that has absurdly infested D.C. Rampantly so. At times one feels utterly hopeless at envisioning a change. I mean, no wonder certain members of Congress are keen on Big Gov., a nanny state guarantees more money in their already bloated pockets.
Wonder why Bills like Obamacare/ACA are thousands and thousands of pages long?Confusing as all get out? Extortion explains the whole kit and caboodle. To put it into perspective, The Constitution is 6 pages. There's actually beaucoup bucks to be made in the drafting of Bills that are damn near impossible to read and comprehend and are absurdly long, unnecessarily so. Who knew? The individuals who do the drafting then get hired on at law firms and charge thousands of dollars per hour to do the deciphering. I'm not even joking. And as for Congress, well, many feel it's unnecessary to read the laws they're passing. I'm cursing as I type. I mean, that's utterly ridiculous and, dare I say nefarious, and We The People have to suffer the ramifications while those who passed the unread Bills continue to preach and make one with mythomania from their ivory towers. They can't be bothered to read a Bill. What, and miss out on campaigning? Pshaw! "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Otherwise know as a Pelosi-ism.
An aside: The double-milking chapter caused many an expletive to fly out of my mouth. So prepare yourself. You'll be incandescent at the end.
In conclusion: Not all of Congress is corrupt. There are some who care, some who're real go-getters. But to have Congress populated by the likes of those Carebears, those who truly care about upholding The Constitution and defending American citizens, well, the only way for a change, for ending the strong-arming and extortion, for ending the nothing-ever-changes status, to stop the wasteful spending, aside from installing term limits, is the powerful capital-v, capital-b Voting Booth. I say it's time to end the racket many of the fat cats in Congress have going on. Voting is a powerful weapon and can make a mega difference (as long as voter fraud isn't in the mix, but that's a different story for another day). Even more powerful is a voter armed with knowledge, it is the root of power after all. (Being cataloged as a low-info voter is no bueno. Just saying.) Anyway, this book is a good place to start and is a veritable reservoir of vital knowledge ready to be soaked up and disseminated to friends and family and neighbors and, well, you get the picture.
My work here is done. *steps down from soapbox*(less)
To the author himself and all artists featured within this book: You are all light-years beyond amazing and talented and basically I'm in awe at the i...moreTo the author himself and all artists featured within this book: You are all light-years beyond amazing and talented and basically I'm in awe at the ingenious talents and boundless imaginations you all possess, in spades, and I wish we were friends, and dear God I want every single piece of art featured to grace my home.
Hear ye, hear ye! art enthusiasts or Steampunk enthusiasts or both, this book is definitely worthy of perusing
Over-sharing time: The Datamancer sent me into paroxysms of glee, which resulted in an out of control surge of nerdgasms. My precious, I need you in my life. (less)