It arrived this morning, just as Mr. Johnston had promised- a free copy of his newest book, Free Lunch. I must tip my hat to Midwestgirl for giving me a heads-up on this fantastic read. By the way, he also sent me his first best seller, Perfectly Legal. They are a dual expose’ of how the well connected, rich and powerful have discovered how to use the government and the minions of government for their personal aggrandizement. A ‘free lunch,’ so to speak.
I had only a few minutes today to skim the book [because I was baby-sitting my two grandsons] but many of Mr. Johnston’s chapter headings reflect similar topics, issues and discussions that we have been discussing on this blog for the past two years. And the subject matter isn’t at all pretty!
As a left-handed, right-brainer, I naturally began at the back of the book in the conclusion section: What to Do? We, my fellow blogging companions, have been doing just that. The last sentence of the book reads, “Reform begins with you.” He is speaking of reforming the laws and loopholes of this government which, as the title suggests, are tilted much in the favor of the rich and well-connected- those well-connected to Congress.
Politico came out with a story today that warns Democrats that the fall election may be a blow-out for them and they may lose as many as 60 seats, giving control of that body to the GOP. Naturally, that thought sends chills down one’s spine, but, what the hell, if they couldn’t get decent reforms with the tremendous majority they had, then they must be incompetent and deserve to lose. One may wonder if we need be punished by a House lead by John Boehner, but that may turn out to be a blessing. He and his fellow right-leaning Republicans may demonstrate very clearly to the American people that they are even more incompetent than the Democrats were.
At that point, perhaps the electorate will be so disgusted with both parties, that they may press for a significant change in the way things are ‘done’ in Congress. Who knows, it may even foment a mild revolution.
After all, the Constitution begins, We the People. “Reform begins with you.”