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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A must-read for anyone concerned about the problems facing America

This is a must-read for anyone, conservative or liberal, concerned about the problems facing America. The author starts by showing that many of the issues we face today such as lack of free and efficient markets, lack of successful schools, and the financial crisis of 2...
This is a must-read for anyone, conservative or liberal, concerned about the problems facing America. The author starts by showing that many of the issues we face today such as lack of free and efficient markets, lack of successful schools, and the financial crisis of 2008 can be traced to campaign contributions from special interest groups. The corrupting influence of this money is the core problem because it blocks effective action on these other problems. There are more subtle effects as well: Besides Congressional action (or inaction) going against the will and interests of the general public, Congress people spend too much time fund raising and not enough time studying the issues and focusing on priorities. All that leads to public mistrust, which leads to a lack of participation in our democracy.

Although the author is a self-described former Reagan-ite who is now a liberal/libertarian, several chapters are devoted to showing that large Congressional contributions defeat the agendas of both conservatives and liberals. For example, conservative Congress people vote against free markets when it benefits their contributors. Liberal Congress people vote against needed reform when it benefits their contributors. The book is not a diatribe against Congress people. The author believes that most go in with good intentions, but get quickly caught up in the system and are soon focused on the interests of their large contributors.

The book ends with four strategies to end the corruption.

posted by Walter_A on November 3, 2011

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

As a school board member with 20 years of experience, I was espe

As a school board member with 20 years of experience, I was especially interested in knowing what Lessing had to say about public education. After reading the chapter on the status of public education, I decided two things: 1) He didnt have the slightest idea what he w...
As a school board member with 20 years of experience, I was especially interested in knowing what Lessing had to say about public education. After reading the chapter on the status of public education, I decided two things: 1) He didnt have the slightest idea what he was talking about and 2) If he didnt know what he was talking about regarding public education, then it probably was not worth finishing the book. I wouldnt recommend it.

posted by Rosevilleguy on May 14, 2012

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