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READ & DOWNLOAD Ï Capitol Punishment õ The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood His memoir will serve as a corrective an engrossing informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real life thriller The biggest surprise Rming clear eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media's villainous portrait He's a perfect bundle of contradictions an Orthodox Jew and upstanding family man with a staunch moral streak caught in multiple scandals of bribery and corruption with an undercurrent of murder Abramoff represented Indian tribes whose lucrative casinos were constantly under. This is a fairly uick read especially if you begin to skim read the endless paragraphs of Jack's golf games and endless anecdotes of his self described brilliant lobbying escapades Oh you can also skip lots of paragraphs where he tells you he is Jewish repeatedly Several years in jail apparently did not deminish Mr Abramoff's self imageThat said the book did give me great insight into just how corrupt is our democratic system Jack describes the tactics and bribes ALL he names names our elected politicians are involved in irregardless of party affiliation and how necessary lobbyists are within this system as it currently stands These guys are trickyJack gives a very brief chapter at the end of the book describing his suggested remedies for today's political system nothing new that we all haven't seen in endless emails except for one interesting suggestion eliminate the general election of Senators and return the election to the way it was Senators would be elected by the state congressmen in their respective states This change would greatly reduce the super PAC influence that pervades the current elective process Might work if the state congressmen could make a decision Probably not possible in NY

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The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood His memoir will serve as a corrective an engrossing informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real life thriller The biggest surprise twist comes in the form of Abramoff himself a smart funny cha. I saw Jack Abramoff the notorious lobbyist reviewing this autobiography of his on BookTV It is a page turner written like a novel He reveals the way laws really get written a way that reminds me of Winston Churchill’s remark that “those who like sausages and laws should never watch either being made” Abramoff reveals how disgusting this can be for lawsBesides his enlightening us on the legislative process Abramoff has interesting insights on the big politicians that he worked with such as Reagan both Bushes Newt Gingrich Tom Delay Harry Reed and others Some of his best contacts were buddies from his days as president of College Republicans such as Carl Rove and Grover Noruest the same Grover Noruest whose no tax pledge almost shut down the government recently The most fascinating part of Abramoff’s story is how a master lobbyist gets congress to do what his clients want Of course they use campaign contributions golf trips sports tickets sumptuous lunches and other well known perks Abramoff says one powerful ploy was to tell a key congressional aide that he had a job for him after government service Then the aide worked like crazy for Abramoff Another good trick was to drop some incomprehensible language for example Section 9 of Article 16 is repealed into some reform bill because reform bills always speed through Congress like greased lightning Abramoff says his most powerful scheme was to appeal to Republican Ideology This would work he says when appeals to self interest failed He used this to keep Indian Casinos from paying a cent to the IRS saving them billions and costing the rest of us billions He roused red meat Republicans to see these sensible efforts to tax the Indians as another underhanded Democratic tactic to raise taxes The Republicans blood boiled and the Indians laughed all the way to the bankBut I ended feeling sympathy for Abramoff He was contrite and regretted breaking laws and undermining democratic government He repeatedly apologizes for his crimes Behind bars he was abused put in “the hole” for trying to get a Torah for religious services unable to help his financially broke family unable to help his mother dying from cancer or to go to her funeral etc This made him a changed man He lists reforms needed to restrain lobbyists like him In further defense of him he gave most of the money he made to setting up Jewish Orthodox schools and other charities

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Capitol PunishmentThreat from proposed changes in law; though he charged the tribes many millions he saved them billions by ensuring votes to support the livelihoods of their reservations Much of Jack's share was funneled not into his own coffers but to charities Abramoff on the front pages could not be further from the Jack Abramoff who's ready to tell his honest and compelling sto. A sad Faustian book beautifully written and touched my heart