Crisis Point

Crisis Point

Why We Must-- and How We Can-- Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America

Book - 2016
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Tom Daschle and Trent Lott are two of the most prominent senators of recent time. Both served in their respective parties' leadership positions from the 1990s into the current century, and they have almost sixty years of service between them. Their congressional tenure saw the Reagan tax cuts, a deadlocked Senate, the Clinton impeachment, 9/11, and the Iraq War. Despite the tumultuous times, and despite their very real ideological differences, they have always maintained a positive working relationship, one almost unthinkable in today's hyper-partisan climate. In their book, Daschle and Lott come together from opposite sides of the aisle to sound an alarm on the current polarization that has made governing all but impossible; never before has the people's faith in government been so dismally low. The senators itemize damaging forces-- the permanent campaign, the unprecedented money, the 24/7 news cycle-- and offer practical recommendations, pointing the way forward. Most crucially, they recall the American people, especially our leaders, to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, and to the necessity of debate but also the imperative of compromise-- which will take leadership, vision, and courage to bring back. Illustrated with personal stories from their own eminent careers and events cited from deeper in American history, Crisis Point is an invaluable work that comes at a critical juncture. It is a work of conscience, as well as duty, written with passion and eloquence by two men who have dedicated their lives to public service and share the conviction that all is far from lost.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781632864611
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Daschle, Thomas
Sternfeld, Jon


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Mar 15, 2016

Two former corrupt congress critters come together to write a book decrying something or other?!?!?!? Who of any sanity could possibly care what these two have to say? Reminds me of all those congress types forever claiming to be working for the people [Jim McDermott, cofounder of the India Caucus to replace American workers with foreign visa workers from India] who, like the former majority leader from Spokane, WA, immediately become extremely highly paid lobbyists for anti-worker organizations!

Mar 15, 2016

Trent Lott (Rep) and Tom Daschle (Dem) team up to decry the broken politics and gridlock of Washington and offer suggestions for making our republican democracy work again. Many of the complaints are commonly known, but some of the suggested fixes are less apparent to those looking at Congress from the outside. For example, did you know Congress "works" only 3 days a week--Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday? This schedule exists to accommodate our elected representatives and senators so that they can get on a plane and leave Washington for a long weekend. They're not necessarily doing nothing during this time; they're probably fund raising and working on constituent relations. But why is this bad? Because, the authors posit, no one knows anyone anymore. And this leads to bad blood. The book is sprinkled with numerous anecdotes of bipartisanship over the years. Well worth the read.


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