Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse Than You Think
By Ken Buck
Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. Welcome to Washington, D.C., the swamp that President Donald Trump was elected to drain. Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation's capital. Elected in 2014 as president of one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever to enter Congress, Buck immediately realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn't because of political gridlock--in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt. "It is an insular process directed by power-hungry party elites who live like kings and govern like bullies," Buck reports. Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress continually prioritize short-term political gain over lasting, principled leadership. When Buck tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even denied dining room privileges by the petty beltway bullies. In Drain the Swamp, Buck names names and tells incredible true stories about what really happened behind closed doors in Congress during legislative battles that have ensued over the last two years including budget, continuing resolutions, omnibus, trade promotion authority, Iran, and more. If the Trump administration is going to bring real change to Washington, it first needs to get the whole story--from deep inside the swamp.
"Today, American democracy is threatened. Political fundraising--and the power it awards the big funders--has come to dominate Congress as never before. Congressman Buck's book is an important expose that should incite real action for change, both on Capitol Hill and in congressional districts throughout the land." --Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator, New Jersey "It's rare to see any politician really shed light on just how corrupting Washington can get. It is even rarer for a sitting member of Congress to do it. Congressman Ken Buck offers a refreshing take on his time in Washington, how the culture in Washington incentivizes a corrupt status quo, and how the American people can change things. This is an eye-opening read." --Erick Erickson, host of Atlanta's Evening News with Erick Erickson and co-author of You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe "Congressman Ken Buck is a strong conservative with a courageous record of standing up to the bipartisan corruption in Washington. He is a friend and a warrior for liberty, fighting to defend the Constitution and restore power to the American people." ¬--Ted Cruz, U.S. senator, Texas "In this pull-no-punches explanation of what's wrong with Washington, Ken Buck tells it like it is. Every American who wants to drain the swamp should read this book." --Mike Lee, U.S. senator, Utah "Congressman Ken Buck pulls back the curtains of Congress to deliver this must-read for anyone who wants to actually drain the swamp in Washington--including President Trump. If you love freedom and liberty, you'll love how my friend Ken exposes the arm-twisting and back-room deals in the Capitol, then offers constitutional solutions for Americans to take their country back!" --Mark Levin, New York Times bestselling author and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Mark Levin Show
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