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The Resource The party is over : how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted, Mike Lofgren

The party is over : how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted, Mike Lofgren

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The party is over : how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted
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The party is over
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how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted
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Mike Lofgren
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  • Lofgren expands his much-read article, “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult” (originally published on the site Truthout) into a book-length scrupulously bipartisan diagnosis of the sick state of American politics and governance. The former congressional staffer saves the greater part of his bile for his former party, which he sees as having become inflexibly ideological and devoted to its richest contributors’ interests. Lofgren makes sure, however, to blast President Obama and his fellow Democrats for the same bad habits, primarily belligerence, disregard for privacy, and compliance with lobbyists. The general points are familiar, but Lofgren offers ideas drawn from a career in government dating back to the early 1980s. Nostalgic memories of now-striking examples of bipartisan cooperation join damning moments, like a Republican policymaker’s admission that the party aimed to obstruct the Senate for political gain. Lofgren offsets occasional cheap shots, such as against “Gucci-shod” lobbyists, by devoting close attention to budget issues rarely accorded so much detail in garden-variety op-ed warfare. Sustaining his original thesis well beyond Internet-browsing attention spans, Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention. Agent: Bridget Wagner Matzie, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Agency. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 11, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 24, p)
  • Lofgren, a Republican who worked as a Congressional staffer for 28 years, made news in September 2011 when he angrily quit over the debt ceiling crisis. He's critical of Democrats but saves his real bashing for Republicans, whom he called lunatics in a Truthout piece that got so many hits so fast that the site crashed. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed April 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 06, p61)
  • Lofgren draws on 28 years as a professional staff member in Congress to expose deep, disturbing trends in Washington. "Creative and constructive work is always harder than demagoguery or fear-mongering," writes the author. "We have had too little of the former and too much of the latter during recent decades." Lofgren tears into Congress' "high measure of low cunning," especially among Republicans, whose use of "political terrorism" illustrates the party's principal objectives: delay and gridlock, obstruction and disruption. They consistently play to their base but with no positive workable agenda, and the cries for a reduction of the debt are often followed by the desperate need to increase defense spending. Lofgren astutely points out that defense spending is the personification of inefficient spending, and it creates no jobs. As "chicken hawks" play to the crowd and their fears of illegal aliens, drug wars and terrorists, talk-show personalities stir up the more radical elements until rational thought can no longer be found. The author distinctly lays the blame for the current situation at the feet of the Bush/Cheney administration, which nearly perfected the propaganda with the War on Terror, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Lofgren certainly doesn't excuse Democrats, who often fail to offer a good alternative; plus, they lack the fanatics that drive the far right. President Obama must also assume responsibility for continuing some of the more heinous practices of the Bush administration, though the author neglects to mention the fact that the obstructionist Congress has thwarted him at every turn. A well-argued call for more sanity in American politics.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012)
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Lofgren, Mike
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index present
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JK2356
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.L82 2012
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non fiction
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  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
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  • Political parties
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how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted
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The party is over : how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted, Mike Lofgren
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-225) and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 232 p.
Isbn
9780143124214
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(pbk.)
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2012014990
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  • (Sirsi) o779263691
  • (Sirsi) o779263691
  • (OCoLC)779263691
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The party is over : how Republicans went crazy, Democrats became useless, and the middle class got shafted, Mike Lofgren
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-225) and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 232 p.
Isbn
9780143124214
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012014990
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o779263691
  • (Sirsi) o779263691
  • (OCoLC)779263691

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