It's Even Worse Than You Think

It's Even Worse Than You Think

What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

Book - 2018
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"No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. [This book] goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn: THE WALL. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall—if it ever gets built. CLIMATE CHANGE. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don’t leak prematurely. STOCKING THE SWAMP. Contrary to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families. THE KLEPTOCRACY. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn’t in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest—but not the reality"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501174162
Branch Call Number: E912 .J64 2018x
973.933 Johnston
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 07, 2018

An interesting book. Much of it is historical coverage of what happened in the first year and has already been covered in the news and by others, but it does have a few surprises. I have not heard any coverage about the movement against Trump under the Anti-Emolument Act and I am fascinated by how Johnston got a Trump tax return. All of his coverage about Trump's personal economics is fascinating. That being said, it is obvious how much he dislikes Trump and I thought that sometimes he gets pretty close to slander. If he is willing to so overtly dislike the president, he must be pretty sure of his facts.

May 28, 2018

“Donald Trump has said 1,591 false things as U.S. president” (as of May 28, 2018)
by Daniel Dale, Washington Bureau Chief, The Toronto Star

May 01, 2018

Good selection if you are doing detailed factual research on current events and politics. Say for a school paper or a letter to the editor. Or to argue your point w/your brother in law at the next family gathering. As a general interest read, while this book attempts to set out the facts, in doing so becomes a little too wide-ranging and disjointed. If you follow the daily current events in the newspaper and radio, most of the topics presented here you've probably already heard. Professor Johnston's prior book "Free Lunch" presents a more coherent and approachable view of his thesis on current day US national politics in my opinion.

May 01, 2018

David Cay Johnston has been following and writing about Donald Trump for many years. This book has many details about Trump's financial investments and problems. Johnston also deals with Trump's speeches and tweets, many full of contradictions. A favorite passage from the book: "That millions of people voted for a narcissistic, know-nothing con artist who has spent his entire life swindling others while repeatedly urging followers to commit criminal acts of violence against his critics reveals more about America than about Trump."

Feb 13, 2018

I am surprised that the library personnel get to expound, with their views in attendance, on another's liberal's slanted, outrageous, really, publication. I am so tired of the blather, which written in the same old unhappy, nothing more than his opinion, verbiage; while purporting to be factually correct, being praised by another Democrat, of course!

Perhaps there are a few truths in this new publication. But I am pretty sure that this is just a more-fantasy spiked opinion book, written by another Hate Trump because he beat Hillary, author.

I generally keep my opinions, regarding politics especially, to myself. I really am not interested in the writings of a disenchanted author. And I do not admire a library employee expounding on theirs. It is not the place! The book has a rightful place. The opinion is out of place.

Dale Hickey


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