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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.
©2012 Senator Tom A. Coburn, M.D. (P)2012 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Erik Burga on 01-17-13

Good message; much rambling to get point across

What did you like best about The Debt Bomb? What did you like least?

Like every good politician, goes around and around and around the same issue. Maybe too much about how politics is done in Washington.But the message is clear: spending is out of control in this country!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have enjoyed more an abridged version.

Was The Debt Bomb worth the listening time?

He could get the point across in 1/3 of the time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By L. Lewis on 01-04-13

Senator Tom Coburn Tells it like it is.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Because it is truthful. It explains economics and the differences between the national debt/deficit to those of us who are just looking at Obama and wondering "what does he really trying to accomplish?"

If you’ve listened to books by John Hart and Tom A. Coburn before, how does this one compare?


What three words best describe John Pruden’s performance?

Very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry, because our children and grandchildren will have to pay this debt off. While Obama continues to rack up loans and debt without anyone to stop him.

Any additional comments?


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