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Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

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David Obey has in his nearly forty years in the U.S. House of Representatives worked to bring economic and social justice to America’s working families. In 2007 he assumed the chair of the Appropriations Committee and is positioned to pursue his priority concerns for affordable health care, education, environmental protection, and a foreign policy consistent with American democratic ideals.
     Here, in his autobiography, Obey looks back on his journey in ...

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David Obey has in his nearly forty years in the U.S. House of Representatives worked to bring economic and social justice to America’s working families. In 2007 he assumed the chair of the Appropriations Committee and is positioned to pursue his priority concerns for affordable health care, education, environmental protection, and a foreign policy consistent with American democratic ideals.
     Here, in his autobiography, Obey looks back on his journey in politics beginning with his early years in the Wisconsin Legislature, when Wisconsin moved through eras of shifting balance between Republicans and Democrats. On a national level Obey traces, as few others have done, the dramatic changes in the workings of the U.S. Congress since his first election to the House in 1969. He discusses his own central role in the evolution of Congress and ethics reforms and his view of the recent Bush presidency—crucial chapters in our democracy, of interest to all who observe politics and modern U.S. history.

 

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Raising Hell for Justice is a powerful and enlightening political memoir by one of America’s all-time great legislators. Obey is one of a vanishing breed in Congress whose entire career in public life has been committed to both advancing a principled agenda and working constructively with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to hammer out agreements that advance that agenda. Obey burns with a passion sparked by his childhood experience growing up in an economically vulnerable working class family and channeled into politics and policy-making by his embrace of Catholic social justice and La Follette progressivism. His compelling memoir demonstrates how ennobling and satisfying a career in the first branch of government can be.”—Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in governance studies, Brookings Institution

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  • ISBN-13: 9780299225407
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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David R. Obey (D-Wausau) is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress in Wisconsin history and is the current chair of the House Appropriations Committee.  In the 1980s and early 1990s, he chaired the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which funded America’s economic and political response to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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  • Posted November 21, 2008

    David Obey's biography provides a thorough & enlightening understanding of how Congress functioned during his long tenure as a Congressman from northern Wisconsin.

    I enjoyed the opportunity to purchase this book at an event in David Obey's district one year ago where he also signed the book. I found this book to not be a quick read. I read it for a while, put it down, came back to it, and eventually finished it. In some ways it is like a political science textbook. I've gained a much deeper understanding of the role of raw politics in formulating public policy. I also learned how thoughtful, progressive and strong members of Congress such as David Obey can make a difference for the better. <BR/>The information in this book could lead one to develop a pessismistic view as to whether the elected Congress as a whole will be able to come out from under the thumb of lobbyists and corporate special interests who command too much influence. It was appalling yet fascinating to learn the details of corporate control of the political agenda when Republicans controlled the Congress and the White House.<BR/>Hopefully the situation will be transformed for the better starting January 20, 2009 with President Obama taking charge. Time will tell.<BR/>- John La Fave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin<BR/>Former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, 1993-2003<BR/>Currently the elected Register of Deeds of Milwaukee County

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