Throw Them All Out
How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison(amazon)
Peter Schweizer (View Bio)
Hardcover: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
"Schweizer exhaustively and frighteningly details how members of Congress have exempted themselves from insider-trading rules, smoothed the way for Wall Street donors, and earmarked themselves competitive advantages that have brought them windfalls they would have otherwise never seen. Schweizer reminds readers that the method is not novel at all -- it is straight from the playbook of New York City's Tammany Hall impresario George Washington Plunkitt, who coined the phrase 'honest graft' and made it a way of life…. There is seemingly no end to the litany despite the book's austere 176 pages, and the graft it describes is a decidedly bipartisan affair." — Matthew May, The American Thinker
"The book actually paints a very ugly picture of legislators enriching themselves through earmarks and unpunished insider trading, politically connected companies being shoveled billions of dollars in stimulus funds and public money intended to help the environment, plus all manner of kickbacks and favors…. Throw Them All Out is filled with stories of petty theft and so-called 'honest graft.' Schweizer is unsparingly bipartisan in his criticism of Washington. But there is a bigger issue than individual financial impropriety: the rise of crony capitalism as a threat to genuinely free markets and the whole private-enterprise system…. Schweizer has performed a valuable service to his country." — Washington Times