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Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making. The real work gets done behind the scenes by invisible bureaucrats working for the vast web of agencies that actually dictate our foreign policy, defense posture, and security decisions.
Have you ever wondered why Obama's policies look so much like Bush's? Seek no further: Hillary versus Jeb is just window dressing. Actual power lies in the Deep State, Washington's shadowy power elite, in the pockets of corporate interests and dependent on the moguls of Silicon Valley, whose data-collecting systems enable the US government to spy on our every move, swipe, and click. Drawing on insider knowledge gleaned in his three decades on the Hill, Lofgren offers a provocative wake-up call to Americans and urges them to fight to reinstate the basic premise of the Constitution.
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By Jim D. on 02-16-16
Great survey of our currently dysfunction
Lofgen does a great job surveying and tying together the mutually dependent rent extraction machine of our institutions. He tends to overstate the national security angle (his specialty) and understate the health care system which on a daily basis causes us more financial hardship and is a bigger existential threat to our solvency. But overall a very helpful guide to why the most wealthy country is currently managing itself so poorly.
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By Nina Prevot on 04-08-16
Almost good, but profoundly misunderstands economics and very biased towards Democrats
His profound misunderstanding of capitalism drags this book down. He seems to blame deregulation and libertarian ideas for all of our present ills. He will argue that the deep state is too influential and powerful, and therefore we need Congress and the Supreme Court to be more powerful to reign them in. But Congress is already one of the greatest facilitators of the Deep State. He also seems to think that all power Democrats would be good for the country, but all powerful Republicans would destroy us. Isn't the real problem that any government entity is all powerful??
Also, his failure to address the Federal Reserve's role in the rise of the military industrial complex shows a very shallow level of research....
If the problem is an uncontrollable government with ultimate power, making congress the uncontrollable power instead of the executive branch is not the solution.
It's such a shame. Some of the content in this book is valuable and important, but it is hard to trust him in light of his truly paradoxical conclusions.
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