Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders

Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders

by Tom Coburn, John Hart
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Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders by Tom Coburn, John Hart

Tom A. Coburn, a congressional maverick who kept his promise to serve three terms and then leave Washington, offers a candid look at the inner workings of Congress-why the system changes politicians instead of vice versa. Breach of Trust shows readers, through shocking behind-the-scenes stories, why Washington resists the reform our country desperately needs and how they can make wise, informed decisions about current and future political issues and candidates. This honest and critical look at "business as usual" in Congress reveals how and why elected representatives are quickly seduced into becoming career politicians who won't push for change. Along the way, Coburn offers readers realistic ideas for how to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418565077
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 596,342
File size: 859 KB

About the Author

SenatorTom Coburn is a former business owner and practicing physician. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. A true citizen legislator, he honored his self-imposed term limits pledge and left Congress in 2001. The author of Breach of Trust , a congressional exposé,he returned to public service in 2004 after a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

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Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breach of Trust is a terrific book that discusses Tom Coburn's expierience in Congress and sheds light on how politicians really act behind closed doors. Coburn advocates term limits for members of Congress and exposes how they spend huge sums of money and get away with it. This book will make you want to throw just about every member of Congress out of office. Coburn often repeats himself throughout the book, but overall it's a worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what Coburn does in Senate in the upcoming session!
BitsBacon More than 1 year ago
I very enjoyed reading Sen Coburn's thoughts about the role of government, why federal spending has increased so much, and how politicians are tempted to change over several terms of office. I thought his personal insights into how the 1994 Contract with America and the success of that election got derailed were very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I became more upset at the way politicians act behind closed doors, and have no sense of spending limits or value for anything. Dr. Tom Coburn describes his six years in Congress and how both sides play the pork game, no term limitation, and just don't believe in anything but remaining in their elected positions. It's a must read, it WILL open your eyes as to what really happens behind closed doors in D.C., and not in front of the cameras!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't consider myself to be a naive person, but this book was very eye opening! I follow politics very closely and this book shocked me. It is very fair in its criticism of both the left and the right. The book is not only about the negative. Dr. Coburn also offers ideas on the future of Social Security, term limits, and many other topics. The budget details can get a little in depth, but overall its a great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leaving aside the reader's personal opinion of Coburn's politics, this book confirms the jaded view many have of Congress, where the best intentions go to die in a frenzy of pork-barrel spending, self-important posturing, and hobnobbing with lobbyists. Let's hope Coburn's recent election to the Senate brings as much focus on that corrupt chamber as this book does to the House.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Coburn provides an in-depth look at how the Congress works; and, as importantly, offers specific recommendations as to how the system can be revitalized to reflect the founding fathers' original plan for providing government by and for the people, run by citizen representatives rather than career politicians. Great work, Dr. Coburn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it were up to Bob Novak and his associates everything progressive that this country has done would be repealled this book is choc full of bias for the right wing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it made me so mad I wanted to 'punch something'!! Never again will I skip voting!