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Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    An important book that will let you successfully wade through the political rhetoric

    If you want a short read to understand where the US federal government's money comes from and where is goes, this is it. Reinforces that the Democrats and the Republican's are going to have to compromise on bringing down the deficit. Because Obama and Ryan are both right -- we need to raise taxes AND cut spending on entitlements. And do more of both than either side is admitting. No one need be scared off that this book is too wonky or dense -- Wessel has written a book that approachable and quiet readable. Kudos to Wessel for being both informative and concise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Must read

    If you really want to know what is up with debt crisis. This will give you easy to understand information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Informative and important read

    This was my first read about the budget., lots of information presented in a very readable manner. I also found it to be non biased politically which I appreciated.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

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    Good Book on the Current Economic Situation

    David Wessel has compiled a concise book that will do what other books on this same topic take an exponentially larger amount of pages to explain.

    You do not have to be familiar with financial/tax or other forms of jargon as the author explains what the terms mean while reading.

    The amount of detail is impressive for a book of this size and you will be aware of the current financial situation that really started several presidential administrations ago and has accelerated through succeeding administrations, according to his historical explanation.

    The author was, for the most part, unbiased politically in his explanation of how the United States came to be what it is today.

    The book is very well researched and I read the book in two days. Strongly reoommended.

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