The November election is right around the corner, and there has been no shortage of books about politics published this year. Major biographies of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama came out in 2012 as well as a whole slew of books about foreign policy, the economy, social issues, and just about any aspect of government you could name. Some are meant to anger, some to inform, and others just to entertain. No matter what your political leanings are, you are sure to find a book at the Orion Township Public Library to crack open when you just can’t watch one more campaign advertisement. Here are three of the newest books for political junkies we’ve added to the collection.
Economic policies of the past four decades favoring corporations and the already rich have led to the downfall of the middle class that is so essential to the prosperity of the United States according to Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Barlett and Steele. Working hard is no longer enough to guarantee that your children will have a better life than your own, as is made apparent by the stories of the victims of the financial meltdown told in this book. The authors offer specific solutions to reverse the destruction of the middle class and secure a better future for our country.
Former Congressional staff member Mike Lofgren has harsh words for both Democrats and Republicans (his former party) in this scathing criticism of the current state of American politics. He blames both parties for impeding progress by merely attempting to obstruct the other one and decries the “fear-mongering” that has characterized the last couple of decades. If, like Lofgren, you long for actual cooperation and meaningful growth from your elected officials for the good of the nation, this should be an interesting read.
This unbiased examination of the 2011 fiscal year budget by Wall Street Journal economics editor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Wessel clarifies the budget-making process for the layperson. He explains how federal money is allocated and why the current budget is unsustainable. He offers ideas for solving the budget crisis which would require sacrifices from both sides of the aisle. At just over 200 pages, this brief book is a good primer for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of this important aspect of our economy.