Review: Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer

Want to get rich quick?  Forget those insipid real estate infomercials that air in the dark hours of the early morning; just get yourself elected to Congress! In his new book Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison, author Peter Schweizer notes that Thomas Jefferson claimed in a letter to Count Jules Diodati that "I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands as clean as they are empty." So wrote the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in words that could well be inscribed in gold at his memorial by the Tidal Basin in Washington.  Yet read those words aloud to a group of contemporary congressmen and they would probably burst out laughing: Jefferson!  What a fool! Schweizer exhaustively and frighteningly details how members of Congress have exempted themselves...(Read Full Article)

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