You can't beat Peter Schweizer for justified, popular outrage backed up by
meticulous research, and that's just what this book brings to the table.
Milker bills for instance: lobbying, cronyism, you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours; all these are catch-phrases in the public's imagination for public corruption and associated grifting. Milker bills and the other outrages Schweizer documents should introduce a new concept in the public's lexicon of outrage: political extortion.
What makes political extortion a new concept is that we are used to thinking of politicians as marionettes for moneyed interests (whether right or left): Wall Street, Labor Unions, Oil companies, Trial Lawyers, etc. Certainly this happens, but what Schweizer demonstrates is that it often flows the other way as well. Want your industry to be spared a new transaction tax? Well, pay up, especially if its to my leadership PAC, and I can go on a golf vacation. Otherwise that bill is going to the floor, baby! In other words, a lot of contemporary politics is a protection racket run by Congress AND the White House. Or think of it this way, if Government is a monopoly, then it can charge monopoly rents on those who need its services most (corporations, labor unions, Hollywood).
This is but an adumbration of what the book brings to the fore. If you want to get the details I can only commend the books copious detail to you.
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