Christopher Hayes “Twilight of the Elites”

June 20th, 2012

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Is there no institution we can actually trust anymore?

Congress? Wall Street? The media? Major League Baseball? Nope, nope, nope, nope.

Christopher Hayes, Editor at Large of The Nation and MSNBC talk show host, says for the last decade or more our institutions have let us down, in a big way. And it’s getting worse.

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What brought this about?

Hayes argues, in his book “Twilight of the Elites,” it’s because of a failure in leadership by our elites. And that, he says, is because of a principle at the very heart of what we have come to believe makes America great — a meritocracy. If you’re good, you rise to the top and become an elite.

But Hayes argues, the more elitist American society gets, the worse the caliber of elites it produces.

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Jack Abramoff “Capitol Punishment”

November 17th, 2011

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Jack Abramoff knows all too well what his name has come to mean, in Washington. It means scandal. It means corruption. It’s shorthand for a catalog of misdeeds, only some of which Abramoff may have actually been guilty of.

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But in a new memoir Abramoff doesn’t make any effort to avoid the responsibility that is his. He lays it out — this is what I did, this is how I did it, this is how it was wrong. Equally significant, he spells out how the corruption in Washington has continued unabated, despite the harrumphing that followed his indictment, conviction, and prison sentence.

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Phil Kerpen “Democracy Denied”

November 8th, 2011

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America’s democracy is being taken away from us, says the author of the new book “Democracy Denied.” And Phil Kerpen, vice president of Americans for Prosperity, says it’s President Barack Obama who is taking away our traditional bedrock principles of democracy.

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Kerpen says the President is doing so by using unilateral — sometimes, he says, illegal — means to bypass the normal legislative process and take sweeping regulatory action through agencies and “czars.”

With an agenda that disregards what the American people want, Kerpen says this President’s actions truly are “democracy denied.”

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Tom DeLay “No Retreat, No Surrender”

April 13th, 2007

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When Tom DeLay of Texas was in the U.S. House of Representatives, they called him “The Hammer,” for his ability to get things driven home. He was a key figure in the 1994 Republican revolution, and became House Majority Whip the next year. DeLay was elected House Majority Leader after the 2002 elections.

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But when a Texas grand jury indicted him in 2005 on charges of violating campaign finance laws, DeLay stepped down from his leadership post, and then left Congress in 2006. Now, in a new book, DeLay tells of his boyhood, his early days in politics, his conversion to Christianity, and why he is still proud of what he did in Congress. His book is called “No Retreat, No Surrender.”

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