Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Operation Drain the Swamp By Adam Andrzejewski

Operation Drain the Swamp

President Trump has said over and over that he wants to “drain the swamp.” But is it a swamp or an ocean? It’s about time the American people had some hard facts regarding the federal bureaucracy. In Adam Andrzejewski’s Operation Drain the Swamphe exposes who receives how much, where they work, and what they do. Most importantly, he reveals how much these bureaucrats cost the American taxpayer.

In Operation Drain the Swamp, you’ll learn that:

·     In the swamp, six figure salaries are the norm; there are 78 agencies where the average salary is $100,000 or more;
·     Federal bureaucrats are paid $1.1 million every minute, $65.6 million every hour, and over half a billion dollars per day;
·     In 2016, there were more than 330,000 disclosed federal bonuses paid;
·     There are more than 35,000 lawyers in the administrative state. The army of lawyers in the employ of the federal government assures that no aspect of American life is untouched by the swamp’s appendages;
·     The VA is offering anything but care for our great vets. While veterans were suffering at the hands of a broken bureaucratic machine, the VA doled out tens of thousands of undeserved performance bonuses: $150 million per year;
·     From 2015 to 2016 the VA made 20,711 new hires, but just 2,091 were doctors, continuing the historical 10:1 doctor to non-doctor employee hiring ratio;
·     In 2016, the VA employed 3,498 police officers at a total cost of $172 million - all names and locations of these officers, however, were redacted;
·     The average physician at the VA makes around $205,000 a year, meaning the VA could employ 840 doctors instead of 3,498 police officers;
·     ...and so much more!

In America today, “the swamp” is a real thing: a permanent government within our government that will outlast this administration and the next one and the one after that. It has a massive architecture that can be measured. It is composed of tens of thousands of individuals and lobbyists - many of whom operate well outside the confines of Washington, D.C.

During the 2016 presidential election, the supporters of Donald Trump on the right - and even those supporting Bernie Sanders on the left - felt that the “system was rigged” for insiders. Now, Adam highlights the facts and stories to prove it. In Operation Drain the Swamp, he offers a step-by-step guide to civil service reforms.

About the Author: Adam Andrzejewski is the CEO/founder of OpenTheBooks.com, the largest private repository of U.S. public-sector spending. Adam’s works have been featured on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, FOX News, Forbes, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Real Clear Politics, and more.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Lives of the Constitution By Joseph Tartakovsky

By Joseph Tartakovsky

We live in an era of uncertainty about the future of our Constitution, but America’s constitutional adventure is the inspiring story of how our people, for 230 years, have overcome one constitutional challenge after another. In his compelling new history, The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law, Joseph Tartakovsky, an attorney and historian who served as Nevada’s Deputy Solicitor General, tells the epic and unexpected story of our Constitution through the eyes of ten extraordinary individuals - some renowned, like Alexander Hamilton and Woodrow Wilson, and some forgotten, like James Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

Tartakovsky brings to life the struggles of these men and women over our supreme law from its origins in revolutionary America to the age of Trump. Sweeping from settings as diverse as Gold Rush California to the halls of Congress, and crowded with a vivid Dickensian cast, Tartakovsky shows how our nation has grappled with questions like racial and sexual equality, free speech, economic liberty, gun rights, immigration, and the size of government. This is the first book to tell the story of our Constitution as the story of our people and its unique constitutional culture.

In The Lives of the Constitution, you’ll learn:

·     That we live in Alexander Hamilton’s America today (not Thomas Jefferson’s);
·     How Daniel Webster sought to avert the Civil War;
·     How Justice Stephen Field defined our immigration law;
·     How Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstood America;
·     How Robert Jackson balanced liberty and order in the battle against Nazism and Communism;
·     How Antonin Scalia died warning Americans about the ever-growing reach of the Supreme Court; and
·     That Ida Wells-Barnett was a one-woman army who fought a lonely moral and journalistic war against anti-black violence and misogyny between Reconstruction and the Jazz Age.

From the 1787 Philadelphia Convention to the clash over gay marriage, The Lives of the Constitution is a grand tour through two centuries of constitutional history as never told before, and an education in the principles that sustain America in the most astonishing experiment in government ever undertaken.

About the Author: Joseph Tartakovsky is the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and an editor at the Claremont Review of Books. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He has served as the Deputy Solicitor General of Nevada, a white-collar criminal litigator at an international law firm, and as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge.