Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day: The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America

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HarperCollins, Sep 7, 2004 - Political Science - 192 pages
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Here's the Real Deal! The same Washington politicians who took control of Congress by promising to balance the federal budget are now bankrupting America by launching the biggest spending spree in the history of the United States.

With big-spending Democrats at their side, President George Bush and his "conservative" Republican Congress have controlled the government's checkbook while the national debt has skyrocketed past seven trillion dollars. That's right, $7,000,000,000,000. How has the party of Reagan become the party of big- government spending?

Now former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough delivers a scathing indictment of Republicans and Democrats alike in the same informed, hard-hitting, and entertaining style fans of Scarborough Country have come to admire. Having had a ringside seat during his four terms in the House of Representatives, Scarborough gives the inside scoop on how Washington really works and on the spending orgy the Republicans have fueled the last ten years.

The story begins with Newt Gingrich's Contract with America and the Republicans promising to balance the budget and reform Washington. It culminates with a Republican president continually rubber-stamping pork-filled appropriations bills that squander taxpayer dollars. That is, unless you think it's necessary to spend millions of dollars on research into "alternative salmon products" in Alaska, or the study of crickets in Utah, or of sea turtles in Hawaii. Sadly, these instances merely hint at the gross spending by Congress.

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User Review  - ALincolnNut - LibraryThing

The main point of the first book written by former Republican congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is contained in the subtitle of "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day": "The Real Deal on How ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlyn - Goodreads

I expected this book to be better than it was. It was useful in that it gave an explanation in layman's terms about what happened and the major players in each battle he faced in Congress. I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are extremely interested in Republican congressional politics. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Joe Scarborough can be seen nightly as the host of Scarborough Country on MSNBC. He served as a member of Congress from 1994 to 2001 and currently resides in Pensacola, Florida,with his wife and three children.

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