The Debt Bomb by Tom Coburn
A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

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...he takes aim at D.C. insiders, wasteful government spending and Grover Norquist.
-The Washington Post


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 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 exposé 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 Adams

Throughout 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 more 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.


About Tom Coburn

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Senator Tom Coburn is a former business owner and practicing physician. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. A true citizen legislator, he honored his self-imposed term limits pledge and left Congress in 2001. The author of "Breach of Trust", a congressional expose, he returned to public service in 2004 after a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Published April 1, 2013 by Thomas Nelson. 368 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by W. James Antle III on May 11 2012

But whatever you think of Mr. Coburn’s Gang of Six, he has written a scathing assessment of Washington’s gang that couldn’t stop spending.

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Reviewed by Chris Casteel on Apr 18 2012

...Coburn speaks in stark terms about the stakes, hypothesizing in the book about the power China, the largest outside holder of U.S. debt, would have over the country in the event of a financial crisis.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Justin Moyer on Apr 27 2012

...he takes aim at D.C. insiders, wasteful government spending and Grover Norquist.

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The Daily Caller

Reviewed by David Fontaine Mitchell on Apr 27 2012

Coburn manages to tell a captivating story, while at the same time conveying the important facts and figures synonymous with a policy briefing or white paper.

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Reviewed by KYLE MCDANELL on Aug 31 2012

In his frightening, yet hopeful, book...have authored a book of real honesty and real answers.

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