Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of by Robert Draper

By Robert Draper

The U.S. apartment of Representatives—a huge, frequently unruly physique of guys and ladies elected any other 12 months from 435 specific microcosms of America—has accomplished renown as “the people’s House,” the world’s such a lot democratic establishment, and an acute Rorschach of biennial public passions. within the midterm election yr 2010, recession-battered american citizens expressed their discontent with a at the same time overreaching and underperforming govt via turning the previously Democratically managed condominium over to the Republicans. one of the new GOP majority have been eighty-seven novices, a lot of them political beginners with Tea celebration backing who pledged a extra open, responsive, and fiscally thrifty condo. What the 112th Congress in its place accomplished used to be a public status so low—a ghastly nine percentage approval rating— that, as its longest-serving member, John Dingell, might dryly comment, “I imagine pedophiles may do better.” What occurred?
Robert Draper explores this question simply as he tested the Bush White condominium in his 2007 New York occasions bestselling booklet Dead yes: The Presidency of George W. Bush—by burrowing deeply contained in the topic, gaining cooperation of the main gamers, and generating a colourful, unsparingly targeted, yet evenhanded narrative of the way the home of Representatives grew to become a home of unwell reputation. Draper’s forged of characters spans the complete spectrum of political event and ideologies—from the Democrat Dingell, a congressman for the reason that 1955 (though elbowed out of energy via the party’s condominium chief, Nancy Pelosi), to Allen West, a black Republican Tea celebration sensation, former military lieutenant colonel, and political neophyte with a expertise for equivalent chance offending. whereas unspooling the boisterous, every now and then tragic, and eventually infuriating tale of the 112th Congress, Draper offers unforgettable pictures of Gabrielle Giffords, the earnest younger Arizona congresswoman who was once gunned down via a madman at the start of the legislative consultation; Anthony Weiner, the Democrats’ clown prince and self-made media celebrity till the hot Yorker self-immolated in a intercourse scandal; the strong-willed Pelosi and her beleaguered if phlegmatic Republican counterpart, condominium Speaker John Boehner; the affable majority whip, Kevin McCarthy, tasked with instilling solidarity within the iconoclastic inexperienced persons; and so much of all, the formerly unknown new participants who succeeded in shoving Boehner’s Republican convention to the some distance correct and thereby bringing the country, greater than as soon as, to the edge of governmental shutdown or fiscal default.
In this full of life paintings of political narrative, Draper synthesizes essentially the most talked-about breaking information of the day with the true tale of what occurred backstage. This e-book is a well timed and masterfully instructed parable of disorder that could good function convey A of the way americans misplaced religion of their democratic associations.
“Congress will upward thrust June 1st, as such a lot folks count on. have a good time while that occasion is ascertained. If we should always end and go away the area correct aspect up, it will likely be chuffed. don't ask what sturdy we do: that isn't a good query, today of faction.” —Congressman Fisher Ames, could 30, 1796
In Do now not Ask What sturdy We Do, Robert Draper captures the prophetic sentiment uttered via Fisher Ames over centuries in the past. As he did in writing approximately President George W. Bush in Dead definite, Draper presents an insider’s publication like not anyone else can—this time, contained in the U.S. apartment of Representatives. as a result of bitterly divided political surroundings we are living in, due to the combative nature of this Congress, this literary window at the behind the scenes machinations of the home is either appealing and timely—revealing the home in complete, from the method of the way legislation are made (and therefore, now not made) to the main eye-popping solid of lawmakers Washington has ever obvious.

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In addition, the time was ripe. California's cigarette tax of ten cents had not been increased since 1967. Every other state except Virginia had increased its tobacco tax since 1967; only six other states had lower taxes than California, and four of those were tobacco producing states. 2. Which is the best approach for increasing the tax—an initiative or the Legislature? Because of the tobacco industry's lobbying power in Sacramento, enacting a tax increase through the Legislature seemed hopeless since it had defeated thirty-seven bills to do so since 1967.

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