A devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own! No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing…
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The Confessions of Congressman X is a book written anonymously by an actual congressman. There is not a whole lot in this book that I had not already suspected, but it is still alarming to see it written down. If you are interested in politics at all this is definitely worth a read. It is super short but only sells for $9.95.
This book is filled with ridiculous statement after ridiculous statement. Here are some of the names of the chapters: Voters are Incredibly Ignorant; My Main Job is to Keep My Job; Facts, Schmacts. I’ll Say Anything to get Elected; I Feel Disconnected from Reality; We’re Terrible Custodians of the People’s Money. He does make some valid points about how crazy elections get and how much money they spend to get re-elected, when in turn, that money could really be used to help out the country. He spends a lot of his time making phone calls, trying to raise up campaign money, instead of actually doing the job he is elected to do. At one point he actually says that he doesn’t even read many of the bills he has to vote on. “Fundraising is so time-consuming I seldom read any of the bills I vote on. I don’t even know how they’ll be implemented or what they’ll cost. My staff gives me a last minute briefing before I go on the floor and tells me whether to vote yea or nay.”
My personal opinion is that while he feels he is helping the situation out by putting a lot of this stuff down on paper, by being anonymous and not actually doing anything about it, he is in fact part of the problem. Congressman X does go into detail about why he wishes to remain anonymous and why he doesn’t speak up in congress but this is basically just because he thinks he wouldn’t get re-elected. Protecting his own self-interest instead of the greater good of the country. Which is ultimately what he is saying is the problem with the system as it currently stands.
In all, this is a pretty interesting read and one that I think anyone who has an interest in politics should definitely pick up. No matter what your political affiliation is, this is a book that will provoke thought and discussion.