The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics


The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics
Name The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics
Author Jonathan Chait
Description American politics has been hijacked. Over the past three decades, a fringe group of economic hucksters has corrupted and perverted our nationís policies. With dark, engaging wit, Jonathan Chait reveals how these canny zealots first took over the Republican Party and then gamed the political system and the media so that once unthinkable policies -- without a shred of academic, expert, or even popular support -- now drive the political agenda, regardless of which party is in power.
Why have these ideas succeeded in Washington? How did a clique of extremists gain control of American economic policy and sell short the countryís future? And why do their outlandish ideas still determine policy despite repeated electoral setbacks? Chait tells the outrageous and eye-opening story, expertly explaining just how politics and economics work in Washington. Through vivid portraits of venal politicians and pseudo-economists, with wry analyses of their bogus theories, Chait gives us the tools to understand whatís really behind economic policy debates in Washington: a riveting drama of greed and deceit.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language Not Available
Rating 3.92
ISBN 0618685405
Total Pages 294
Published Year 2007
Published Month 12
Published Day 9
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