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Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It By Wendell Potter Nick Penniman,

  • Title: Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It
  • Author: Wendell Potter Nick Penniman
  • ISBN: 9781632861092
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American democracy has become coin operated Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how they spend their time The marriage of great wealth and intense political influAmerican democracy has become coin operated Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how they spend their time The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap It also defines our daily lives from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe.In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen table issues citizens face every day Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to the army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete No one except some lobbyists and major political donors likes business as usual, and this book intends to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy.An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America s original promise.
    Nation on the Take How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It American democracy has become coin operated Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the charac

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    1. I won this book in a Giveaway A much needed book I wanted it to open up eyes for all Americans But please explain to me how a book on political corruption by Big Money mentions George Soros just once in passing to balance yet one mention of the Koch Brothers We have Big Soda, Big Sugar, Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Green is not discussed , Big Banks, Big Drugs, Big Media, Big Food, Big Housing, Big Education, Big Almost Everything The Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson but no discussion of George Soro [...]

    2. In the current political climate, corruption of all sorts is being discussed so the topic is hardly new In fact because I spend a lot of time reading about politics I am aware how banks, drug manufacturers, etc use campaign donors to insure legislation is at least favorable to them In most cases they get far than that, essentially a blank check to profit at the expense of citizens If that was all this book did, there would be little to recommend it To the authors credit they devote the final ch [...]

    3. I received a free copy of this book through.This book gives a good overview of how our system is rigged by big money The election of Trump and the soon to be appointments of his cabinet members will make the corruption of the system even worse By reading this book, the reader knows what will be coming.I would highly recommend this book to other readers who are looking for answers about our system and how it works.

    4. Excellent exploration of the many ways that the political and election system are corrupted Citizens United is only about 15 20% of the problem The book was good enough so I did an hour interview with the authors.

    5. This is a very good book on corruption in American politics, with a focus on the last 30 or so years.It opens up with a short history of corruption in American politics and a basic primer in recent case law like Citizens United It then delves deeply into several issues, like Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc and shows how monied interests bribe politicians to do improve the bottom line at the expense of what American citizens actually want as measured in polls.The book then ends with a call to act [...]

    6. Another great book about politics, campaign contributions, and the effect it is having on our society THere were many graphs in the book that needed additional explanation and several conflicting charts graphs, but the points of the book are very applicable.

    7. A must read for every American, regardless of political affiliation This book targets the ills of big money PACs and the wealthiest of individuals and how they control our political system The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems The authors outline the problems our government faces and some major reforms to make our democracy work and truly citizen led If we don t enact sweeping campaign finance reform we [...]

    8. I received this book from a giveaway and wow, am I glad that I did This book is particularly timely given the political climate of this presidential race and how much money is involved from special interests, lobbyists, corporations and the like The authors point out what s obvious to anyone who s paying attention particularly after Citizens United our government isn t working for us any they re working for special interests It s easy, if one thinks too much about how money is tainting our polit [...]

    9. I won a copy of this through giveaway.Like many of these type of books, the first 2 3 or so is examples and data describing and convincing the reader of the problem I didn t need much convincing that there is a problem of money corrupting the political process, but the view was reinforced.I m a bit skeptical of the last third of the book What to do about it Spoiler alert What to do about it is Nominate judges that will not be bought, and enact campaign finance reform Didn t you just spend most o [...]

    10. This book really gives a lot of facts and validates what a lot of people think and feel about American politics It is incredibly aggravating, frustrating and down right depressing how little the American political system and election system truly functions or does any good for the people or the common good The wealth gap and the power that money buys in America ensures that no matter what the authors promise, change is not something we can expect Take for instance the voice of the voters in 2016 [...]

    11. Giveaway I wasn t sure how interested I d be in a book about big money and campaign financing It turns out that I m really interested in it The authors do an amazing job of making you recognize how big money influences almost everything you do, eat, wear, and breathe It was disturbing and depressing to realize just how entrenched our government is in corporate money, and I struggled through the middle of this book which covered various industries and their lobbying exploits But the ending was wo [...]

    12. Excellent and Insightful ReadI found the book to be a very thought provoking and eye opening read It also confirmed once again for me how profits trumps people We as human beings are not the top priority as can be seen in the pharmaceutical and food industries where one would think is about sustaining life, it is actually feeding into sickness and death in the name of profits.

    13. All in all this was a good book and one that makes you ask a few questions here and there 76,000 pages of tax code Why Well this book tries to explain it and was worth the read I won thisbook on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy.

    14. Be afraid Be very afraid Your government has been bought and paid for The good news is that there s hope, but only if you and I actually do something about it.Read this Then do something.

    15. This book really brings to light the worst problem facing our democracy It gives examples of how our current campaign finance system doesn t work for the average citizen It goes into detail about how money from corrportations and the wealthy inflences and corrupts various issues health care, banking, pharmaceutical It is actually pretty depressing until you make it to the end where it describes various remedies to the crisis A group that I volunteer for represent is mentioned a few times I think [...]

    16. Another eye opening book by this author It took me a while to read this book because I couldn t read much without getting REALLY angry or REALLY depressed All but the last two chapters are about how corporations and big money owns our government and our democratic choke process Specific chapters about how we got to this place with the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, repeal of laws intended to prevent buying legislation legislators, big pharma, oil, banks, etc The last two chapters are [...]

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