Clocking in at a swift 176-pages, Peter Schweizer’s “Throw Them All Out” is a must read if you want to know how Washington really works (or, doesn’t, that is). Congressional insider trading. Legal legislative graft. Crony capitalist hijinks. It’s all here, and then some.
Good (scary) stuff. It’s not for the faint of heart if you’re a believer in the unquestioned beneficence of big government.
“Honest graft is so insidious because it piggybacks on legitimate service, and cloaks both in the name of public good. Give someone the chance to feel that they are serving the public and getting rich at the same time and you have created a nightmare.”
Just reading this passage in the introduction got me hooked. It’s the public interest groups’ SOP. The self-proclaimed saviors of the public interest – whatever that is; however they define it – say they’re busy doing the Lord’s work. But don’t look behind the curtain, ‘cuz if you do, you’ll see those same public interest groups with their buns up and the elbows shuffling, working hard in the trenches for the good ole profit motive, creating all manner of self-serving nightmares like Net Neutrality regulations, or killing job-creating mergers, in service of their corporate masters instead of (and in spite for) average American consumers.
If you don’t have this book, buy it. Consider it an investment in America. You’ll be sure to vote for real change come November.