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June 14, 2012

The Debt Bomb by Tom Coburn and John Hart

Filed under: Economics — Sofie @ 2:33 pm
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If you read one book on the national debt this year, right now I’d recommend that it should be The Debt Bomb (Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 2012) by Tom Coburn, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, and John Hart.  Based on his own experience in the Senate, Coburn explains “where we are and how we got here,” as well as how to defuse “the debt bomb,” which he has been trying to do for years.

After reading his explanation and examples of careerism in the book, I am convinced that it is past time to institute term limits for members of Congress.

While Coburn presents ideas for dealing with our unsustainable entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), I wish he had clearly stated the fact that these programs are unconstitutional and need to be eliminated at the federal level.

Appendix C is a list of oversight reports released by Coburn’s office.  These can be found on his official website on the Oversight and Investigations page (under Issues and Legislation).  The most important one to read is probably “Back in Black:  A Deficit Reduction Plan.”

May 23, 2012

Summer Reading 2012

I have the following political books on hold at the country library and plan to read them this summer:

  • Tom Coburn, The Debt Bomb:  A Bold Plan To Stop Washington from Bankrupting America
  • Arthur C. Brooks, The Road to Freedom:  How To Win the Fight for Free Enterprise
  • Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Screwed!  How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy, and How Our Leaders Help Them Do it
  • Katie Pavlich, Fast and Furious:  Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up
  • Marco Rubio, An American Son
  • Jonah Goldberg, The Tyranny of Cliches:  How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
  • Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., Hard Measures:  How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Save American Lives
  • Edward Klein, The Amateur:  Barack Obama in the White House
  • Bob Ingle, Chris Christie:  The Inside Story of His Rise to Power
  • Michael Prell, Underdogma:  How America’s Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog To Trash American Power
  • Matt Kibbe, Hostile Takeover:  Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America

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