By Bob Woodward
See how and why Washington isn't really functioning.
Bob Woodward’s freshly said, thirty-five-page Afterword to his nationwide bestseller, The rate of Politics, offers an in depth, frequently verbatim account of what occurred within the dramatic “fiscal cliff” face-off on the finish of 2012 among President Obama and the Republicans.
Now it’s occurring back. In fall 2013, Washington faces a brand new around of funds and financial wars which can derail the yank and worldwide economies.
“We are essentially a blocking off majority,” stated Michael Sommers, Speaker John Boehner’s leader of employees, summarizing the home Republican position.
It was once the land of no-compromise:
On healthiness care cuts over ten years, Boehner urged to Obama, you're $400 billion, I’m at $600 billion. “Can we break up the variation right here? do we land at $500 billion?”
“Four hundred billion is it,” Obama answered. “I simply can’t see how we cross any more on that.”
After making $120 billion in different concessions, Obama pleaded with Boehner, “What is it in regards to the politics?”
“My men simply aren’t there,” Boehner replied.
“We are $150 billion off, guy. I don’t get it. There’s anything I don’t get.”
The cost of Politics chronicles the interior tale of ways President Obama and the U.S. Congress attempted, and failed, to revive the yank economic system and set it on a path to monetary balance. Woodward pierces the secretive international of Washington policymaking once more, with a close-up tale made from assembly notes, records, operating papers, and interviews with key avid gamers, together with President Obama and condominium Speaker John Boehner. Woodward lays naked the damaged dating among President Obama and the Congress.
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