See how and why Washington is not functioning in Bob Woodwardas freshly reported, thirty-five-page Afterword to his national bestseller, The Price of Politics, which provides a detailed, often verbatim account of what happened in the dramatic afiscal cliffa face-off at the end of 2012 between President Obama and the Republicans. Now itas happening again. In fall 2013, Washington faces a new round of budget and fiscal wars that could derail the American and global economies. aWe are primarily a blocking majority, a said Michael Sommers, Speaker John Boehneras chief of staff, summarizing the House Republican position. It was the land of no-compromise: On health care cuts over ten years, Boehner suggested to Obama, you are $400 billion, Iam at $600 billion. aCan we split the difference here? Can we land at $500 billion?a aFour hundred billion is it, a Obama replied. aI just canat see how we go any further on that.a After making $120 billion in other concessions, Obama pleaded with Boehner, aWhat is it about the politics?a aMy guys just arenat there, a Boehner replied. aWe are $150 billion off, man. I donat get it. Thereas something I donat get.a The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the US Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability. Woodward pierces the secretive world of Washington policymaking once again, with a close-up story crafted from meeting notes, documents, working papers, and interviews with key players, including President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Woodward lays bare the broken relationship between President Obama and the Congress.Thereas something I donat get.a The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the US Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability.
|Title||:||The Price of Politics|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2012-09-11|