The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

The Debt Bomb A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America In a nation whose debt has outgrown the size of its entire economy the greatest threat comes not from any foreign force but from Washington politicians who refuse to relinquish the intoxicating power

  • Title: The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America
  • Author: Tom A. Coburn
  • ISBN: 9781595554673
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a nation whose debt has outgrown the size of its entire economy, the greatest threat comes not from any foreign force but from Washington politicians who refuse to relinquish the intoxicating power to borrow and spend Senator Tom Coburn reveals the fascinating, maddening story of how we got to this point of fiscal crisis and how we can escape.Long before America s receIn a nation whose debt has outgrown the size of its entire economy, the greatest threat comes not from any foreign force but from Washington politicians who refuse to relinquish the intoxicating power to borrow and spend Senator Tom Coburn reveals the fascinating, maddening story of how we got to this point of fiscal crisis and how we can escape.Long before America s recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S was going bankrupt Yet even after several so called change elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet commonsense solutions to secure the nation s future.At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, non partisan expos of the real problems inside our government Coburn challenges the conventional wisdom that blames lobbyists, gridlock, and obstructionism, and places the responsibility squarely where it belongs on members of Congress in both parties who won t let go of the perks of power to serve the true interests of the nation unless enough citizens take bold steps to demand action Democracy never lasts long It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide John AdamsThroughout a distinguished career as a business owner, physician, and U.S senator, Tom Coburn has watched his beloved republic careen down a suicidal path Today, the nation stands on the precipice of financial ruin, a disaster far dangerous to our safety than any terrorist threats we face Yet Coburn believes there is still hope if enough Americans are willing to shake the corridors of Washington and demand action.With an insider s keen eye and a caregiver s deft touch, Coburn diagnoses the mess that career politicians have made of things while misusing their sacred charge to govern.Coburn s incisive analysis Reveals the root causes of America s escalating financial crisis Exposes Washington s destructive appetite for wasteful spending, power grabs, backroom deals, and quick non fixes Rises above partisanship to implicate elected officials of all stripes in steering the nation off course Lays out a commonsense guide to restoring order Concludes with a clarion call and sound advice for Americans who would dedicate themselves to defusing the debt bomb Above all, Coburn believes the United States can continue as a beacon of opportunity for future generations but how we act today will determine whether we deliver the nation to our children and grandchildren fully alive, on life support, or without a pulse.

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    1. Tom A. Coburn

      Tom A Coburn, M.D was elected to the U.S Senate on November 2, 2004 Dr Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, a graduate of Oklahoma State University and former Miss Oklahoma, were married in 1968 and have three children and five grandchildren They are members of First Baptist Muskogee.Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr Coburn represented Oklahoma s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001 He was first elected in 1994, then re elected in 1996 and 1998, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat for consecutive terms Dr Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no than three terms in the House In 1970, Dr Coburn graduated with an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University One of the Top Ten seniors in the School of Business, Dr Coburn served as president of the College of Business Student Council From 1970 to 1978, Dr Coburn served as manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia Under his leadership, the Virginia division of Coburn Optical grew from 13 employees to than 350 and captured 35 percent of the U.S market After the family business was sold, Dr Coburn changed the course of his life by returning to school to become a physician Again he emerged as a leader, becoming president of his class at the University of Oklahoma Medical School where he graduated in 1983 He then did his internship in general surgery at St Anthony s Hospital in Oklahoma City and family practice residency at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith Dr Coburn returned to Muskogee where he specializes in family medicine, obstetrics and the treatment of allergies Dr Coburn has personally delivered than 4,000 babies Dr Coburn also is a three time cancer survivor.

    921 thoughts on “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America”

    1. Normally, I try to stay away from books by sitting politicians as they usually are just full of self-righteous proclamations. The one exception has been Ron Paul and now Tom Coburn, Senator of Oklahoma and his book. Dr. Coburn is exceptionally in tune with the problems we face today. He is non-partisan and holds nothing back. He is critical of his own party as well as the other(s). Dr. Coburn explains in horrifying detail the complacency of his fellow senators and congressmen while he served in [...]


    2. This book is so great. Okay, so it does lag a bit at timeswith all those numbers, lists, plans and the like. But Coburn very clearly describes the issues our country is facing and comes up with solutions. He's merciless in his critiques.but I learned so much and all of it detailed and supported.If you're interested in the future of our country and the issues (financial and political) we face then read this book. I walked away shocked at the level of political corruption (yet somehow not surprise [...]


    3. In this powerful book Sen. Coburn does more than point out our nation’s enormous debt, deficit, entitlement and tax problems, but concludes by offering suggestions to solve these worrisome challenges in ways that should suit the poor and help everyone else.A shocking quote at the start of Chapter One is from Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Obama, June 24, 2010: “Our national debtis our biggest national security threat.” Incidentally, on PBS’s Ch [...]


    4. Gold standard for fiscal responsibility.I admire his willingness to work with anyone who will reduce federal government spending.Every once in a while this book falls into "I need to show my conservative credentials" rather than advancing the goal of eliminating federal debt.Wish that he had addressed the argument that "U.S. Savings Bonds are *needed* in the market".


    5. If I could rate _The Debt Bomb_ 2.5 stars, I would. It was better than o.k and I did like much of what Dr. Senator Coburn had to say but not enough to give it 3 stars. I liked a lot of Coburn’s ideas about how to solve our national debt problem. Although he doesn’t delve too deeply into the subtle details of any of his plans for doing so here, he frequently references the other works he’s produced in recent years that do present the details and are probably more suitable reads for policy w [...]


    6. I actually got fooled into reading this book seeing the 4 and over ratings on without realizing that there were only 80 of them. But strangely I do not completely regret reading this book as much as I thought I would, especially, because it is written by an active politician. I only picked up the book in the first place just to know the extent of debt that US actually owes and to some extent, this book did give me a better picture of that topic. Anyways, Tom Coburn mainly targets Career Politic [...]


    7. Aside from a few of the graphs in this book being indecipherable to me, it was really a surprisingly readable work. The American people need more sentinels in the Congress like Tom Coburn in order to effect budgetary change.Chapter after chapter, Coburn shows how the government has overstepped its original bounds and how our current crop of career politicians (on both sides of the aisle) has no interest in reining in spending because it can hurt their changes of re-election. There's a huge cultu [...]


    8. Senator Coburn takes it to both Republicans and Democrats in describing the economic mess that has been created by "careerists" in Washington whose votes are based on winning the next election rather than defusing "The Debt Bomb". Coburn clearly defines the dysfunction in Washington today and identifies both problem and potential solution to the same economic calamity awaiting the U.S. that has destroyed other "powerful" nations. That being, excessive debt.It is not a stretch to understand that [...]


    9. Dr. Tom Coburn as far as I know is the only senator that is also a physician (Ran and Ron Paul are Congressmen) and his views in The Debt Bomb are worthy of attention. He is an admirable guy who has delivered over 2000 babies, and also gave back his extra cash per diem that he did not spend on his first trip as a Senator buy writing a check back to the Federal Reserve. It may be a fair assesment that Republicans have no plan for the 2012 election except: The economy is bad, Obama didn't fix it, [...]


    10. Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn does an excellent job in explaining the dangers to our Country due to our huge National Debt. In a surprisingly non-partisan way, Senator Coburn takes on career politicians from either Party as being a big part of the national problem. If you wonder why Congress has such a dismal approval rating, you'll find plenty of reasons after reading "The Debt Bomb". For readers, there's an appeal to those on either side of the political spectrum. People left of center in th [...]


    11. This book is disturbing to say the least. I commend Dr. Coburn's effort in writing this book. He paints a grim picture of the countries future, and it is frustrating to know that the worst case scenario is likely to unfold. This book should be read by every citizen of this country. We've got to begin to act like grownups and accept responsibility for our problems, and take the actions necessary to solve them.


    12. Great book about what is wrong with America, both politically and economically. Provides common sense solutions to help fix our debt problems and avoid the complete collapse of our economy and ensure the long term viability of a social safety net. This book reminded me why I consider myself a fiscal conservative, and I made me wish more of our politicians were like Coburn.


    13. This book was written by Senator Tom Coburn, a conservative Senator from Oklahoma. He describes the real environment in Washington and the problems with the careerism among the Congress. It was disheartening and left me shaking my head over what is the solution. It was well written and very interesting.


    14. Highly readable indictment of the careerists (both elected representatives and unelected staff members) who value only keeping their personal power bases intact or constantly expanding. To heck with the taxpayers and the perilous fate of our entire nation if we don't act to defuse our growing public debt. Turn ALL the bums out at this next election!


    15. This book is a textbook example of using logical fallacies to propagate the ridiculous ideas that the tea party and radical Republicans cling to. He also tries to make the argument that he's better than everyone else because he's not a "careerist" politician. What a joke. This is the guy who's spent 20 years receiving income from tax payers but thinks he's somehow not a careerist politician.


    16. Right or Left. This book is a frightening look at how we no longer have statesmen, only politicians concerned about party and careerism. Nobody wants to fix anything because they are too concerned with punting to let the next guys/gals have to make the tough decisions. How do you spell politician? C.O.W.A.R.D.


    17. It will be interesting to hear what my American friends think of this book. Dr. Coburn makes some very interesting claims regarding the way our congressional members function. I think his thoughts merit some attention. If what he says about both parties is close to true, we need to take notice and make some changes.


    18. While I'm way more of a Libertarian-leaning independent than a Republican, I am super-proud that a guy like Tom Coburn, who infuriates those on both sides of the aisle, is one of my senators. This book is just another great reminder of how deep of a hole we are digging in America today, and that we need to get with the program now to get our fiscal house in order before it is too late.


    19. So far, Sen. Coburn takes no prisoners, laying the blame equally where it belongs, on both his own party and on the opposition. He does, so far, give some good insight into the completely out-of-touch atmosphere in Washington and how this type of thing occurs.


    20. I usually enjoy reading Senator Coburn's views even though I often disagree. He does not pull punches especially when it comes to this country's future. At this point, the books probably a bit outdated.


    21. Finally a politician who understands the real problems in the USA. Why didn't he run for President? Though he's certainly a conservative Republican, he's not beholden to a party and I think many of his ideas will resonate with all Americans.




    22. I don't know what is scarier, watching Saw 3 or reading this book. I have less hope that the debt bomb will be diffused after reading this book and understanding the inner workings of congress.


    23. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn doesn't follow party lines in exposing our national economic crisis, the causes, and common sense solutions.





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