The Debt Bomb

  • by John Hart, Tom A. Coburn
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a nation whose debt has outgrown the size of its entire economy, the greatest threat comes not from any foreign force but from Washington politicians who refuse to relinquish the intoxicating power to borrow and spend. Senator Tom Coburn reveals the fascinating, maddening story of how we got to this point of fiscal crisis - and how we can escape.
Long before America's recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S. was going bankrupt. Yet even after several so-called "change" elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger. With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet common-sense solutions to secure the nation's future.
At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, nonpartisan exposé of the real problems inside our government. Coburn challenges the conventional wisdom that blames lobbyists, gridlock, and obstructionism, and places the responsibility squarely where it belongs: on members of Congress in both parties who won't let go of the perks of power to serve the true interests of the nation - unless enough citizens take bold steps to demand action.
Throughout a distinguished career as a business owner, physician, and U.S. senator, Tom Coburn has watched his beloved republic careen down a suicidal path. Today, the nation stands on the precipice of financial ruin, a disaster far more dangerous to our safety than any terrorist threats we face. Yet Coburn believes there is still hope - if enough Americans are willing to shake the corridors of Washington and demand action. With an insider's keen eye and a caregiver's deft touch, Coburn diagnoses the mess that career politicians have made of things while misusing their sacred charge to govern.
Coburn's incisive analysis:

Reveals the root causes of America's escalating financial crisis
Exposes Washington's destructive appetite for wasteful spending, power grabs, backroom deals, and quick nonfixes
Rises above partisanship to implicate elected officials of all stripes in steering the nation off course
Lays out a common-sense guide to restoring order
Concludes with a clarion call and sound advice for Americans dedicating themselves to defusing the debt bomb
Above all, Coburn believes the United States can continue as a beacon of opportunity for future generations - but how we act today will determine whether we deliver the nation to our children and grandchildren fully alive, on life support, or without a pulse.


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Customer Reviews

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Can we afford another 4 years of this?

If you're still wondering for whom to vote (not just for president), then get this book and see what the stakes are. America, we're Broke! This book lays out the facts. Senator Coburn is the first politician that I've heard admit our "real" debt. $16 trillion is a smoke screen, Our real debt is over $120 Trillion and climbing. There are not enough rich people in the world to pay off this kind of debt. It's the spending, stupid!
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- george


If you could sum up The Debt Bomb in three words, what would they be?

Read this book

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The truth about our debt

Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

The American Taxpayer

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

We are broke, Congress is broke.

Any additional comments?

This book details why no solutions are coming out of Washington. Dr. Coburn tells it like it is, and has plans and is also willing to accept other plans that will prevent the destruction of our country. Don't be fooled, both Democrats and Republicans share the blame. If you want to save Medicare and Social Security, read this book.

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- Randy Larson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio