From one of America's sharpest conservative journalists is this searing, thought-provoking and hilarious takedown of the ruling class running amok in Washington.
These are your elected officials. Some are slyly taking advantage of the system. They are hoping no one is savvy enough to notice. But Matt Lewis has. And this is what he’s learned.
Today’s politicians are an unsavory lot—a hybrid of plutocrats and hypocrites. And it’s worse (and more laughable) than you can imagine. Lewis will introduce you to a crop of latte liberals, ivy league populists, insider traders, trust-fund babies, and swamp creatures as he exposes how truly ludicrous money in politics has gotten.
In Filthy Rich Politicians, Lewis embarks on an investigative deep dive into the ridiculous state of modern American democracy—a system where the rich get elected and the elected get rich. One of the brightest conservative writers of his generation, Lewis doesn’t just complain: he articulates how Americans can achieve accountability from their elected leaders through radically commonsense reforms. But many of these ruling-class elites have a vested financial interest in rejecting the reforms so desperately needed to rebuild Americans’ trust in the institutions that once made our nation great.
This is not an “eat the rich” kind of book, and it is not for those who want to stoke class warfare, topple the whole regime, and burn it all to the ground. This is a must-read book for thoughtful readers who yearn for transparency and will commit to holding their elected leaders accountable to those they are supposed to represent—we the people.
The reforms spelled out in this book would incentivize good behavior in our leaders, stymie corruption, and prevent politicians from using the system (and our taxpayer dollars) to feather their filthy rich nests.
It is only by taking these steps to reform the system that we can rebuild trust in our institutions and preserve American democracy for future generations. There really is no richer inheritance we could leave them.
About the Author
Matt K. Lewis is a columnist at The Daily Beast and the author of “Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)” (Hachette Books, 2016).
His work has also appeared in such outlets as GQ, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. RightWingNews named Mr. Lewis one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The American Conservative Union designated him the 2012 CPAC Blogger of the Year, and Business Insider named him one of the 50 “Pundits You Need to Pay Attention to Between Now and the Election” in 2011. The Young Conservatives Coalition also selected Mr. Lewis as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award” in 2011.
He graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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