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Book Review: Catastrophe

October 1, 2009

Catastrophe, by by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.

It’s one of those books that is quite timely: read it now or forget it, it will be out-of-date.  Picked it up at Costco and started it almost immediately.  It had gone to press in April; so far, as of September, the predictions are holding true.

I finished it on the plane to DC on 9/10 and left it with my host Ken.  If you listen to Dick Morris at all, the style and substance is familiar.  He has some amazing in-depth information about the corruption of some of the long-time politicians now running Congress and thus the re-defining of America agenda.  None of it makes me feel good about what’s happening in Washington.

The art of the book is in putting it all together, not so much in research.  There’s very little that the student of the political scene hasn’t heard before.   Trouble is, of course, that most ordinary people haven’t been paying attention and so the yhave not heard it before.  And although the Democrats come in for their share of blame, Republicans don’t come off scot-free either.  Any idea what 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole is doing now?  Why, he’s a lobbyist and invited Tom Daschle to join the firm he works for.

It’s just such a shame that we haven’t done anything about all the corruption and cronyism that Catastrophe describes.  But if I sense the mood of the country right, we’re about to.

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