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Look Inside. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk— they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties—those halcyon, post—Nixonian glory days—for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.
He has witnessed quite a few low points in his twenty-eight years on the Hill—but none quite so pitiful as the antics of the current crop of legislators whom we appear to have elected.
Obama and his tired cohorts are no angels but they have nothing on the Republicans, whose wily strategists are bankrupting the country one craven vote at a time.
Be prepared for some fireworks. He spent twenty-eight years in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. Also by Mike Lofgren. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History.
Like the essay that inspired it, The Party Is Over is forceful, convincing and seductive. Lofgren criticizes Democrats. A pungent, penetrating insider polemic. Lofgren devotes close attention to budget issues rarely accorded so much detail in garden-variety op-ed warfare. Sustaining his original thesis well beyond Internet-browsing attention span, Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention.
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It is about the growing domination of the legislative process by corporate money and the corresponding decline of the idea of a broad public interest. It is about how politicians use intensely polarized ideological issues as bait to energize their political base — and to divert that base away from the one overriding political issue in our society: who gets what. Specific committees of Congress, inevitably assisted by specific K Street lobbyists, wrote legislation that achieved that result. My duties gave me an invaluable perspective on government budgeting, and particularly on budgeting for national security. And they allowed me to understand that when politicians claim they will cut taxes, wage war around the planet, and balance the budget at the same time they are spouting rank falsehoods. I was in the privileged position to see how Congress works on the inside, when the C-Span cameras are turned off.
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Mike Lofgren is an American author and a former Republican U. Congressional aide. He retired in May after 28 years as a Congressional staff member. His writings, critical of politics in the United States, particularly the Republican Party,  were published after his retirement and garnered widespread attention. Lofgren has a B. He also completed the strategy and policy curriculum at the Naval War College. Lofgren began his legislative career as a military legislative assistant to then-Representative John Kasich in
The Party Is Over