Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Wednesday. Steve has shooting. I've got the same old same old.

WHY does the Universe do this? I tell myself: I'm not going to buy anymore books, I'm going to read the many, many, many books I already have in both digital, paper, and audio ... and then says oh just go look on Amazon, look at these wonderful stories ... don't you want to read these wonderful stories someday ... and you may forget about them so you should buy them now .... no, no, don't bother with the samples ......

With books, I'm weak. I admit it. And I did check the digital library and they weren't available there. I TRIED. And OF COURSE they weren't the cheap 99 cent ones either. I'm sorry but I'm not sorry. And I'll be doing it again soon, I'm sure.

So right now I'm reading a great nonfiction book everyone should read. 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. 
Published 2017; 256 pages. It is infuriating; it is eye-opening; it should be read by everyone. It's not that long and in easy-to-read language. Read it.

I was also checking out the digital library yesterday. I haven't done that in a long while and put a couple more nonfiction books on hold -- I guess I was in a nonfiction kind of mood yesterday. So one came free that I will see if I really want to read.

So tonight ...

Have a good one

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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