The Beltway Bible

The Beltway Bible

A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing and Sometimes Hilarious Government

Book - 2016
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"How is legislation crafted? How do you lose an election? What do "bundler," "quorum call" and "omnibus" mean? Why do some of the White House's most important meetings occur at a Starbucks? Why are Washington insiders obsessed with something called Jumbo Slice? What, exactly, is a "skintern?" Eliot Nelson, one of Washington's funniest and most admired young journalists, knows how the sausage factory works and his new book, The Beltway Bible, is every citizen's must-have owner's manual. Arranged from A to Z, The Beltway Bible provides an insider's perspective of politics and government, breaking down both into easily-digested entries on subjects like how legislation is formed, the scope of the president's power and an overview of federal agencies. Nelson also looks at D.C.'s less-well-known power structures: the internal pecking order of White House aides, the high school cafeteria power struggles behind party invites and the petty congressional arguments over how highway on-ramps are named. The Beltway Bible makes our complex government accessible in a way that will please everyone from Jon Stewart to John Doe. Eliot Nelson's The Beltway Bible is tailor-made for Election 2016"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250099259
Branch Call Number: 320.97302 N332B 2016
Characteristics: 424 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Apr 24, 2017

If you want a civics lesson in snarky, sarcastic tones, this is the book for you. Nelson leaves no American political party, past or present, unscathed in his dictionary-style work to the U.S. Government. He unearths the thinly veiled line between a PAC and a Super PAC. His listing of Cabinet departments details what they do and who's most likely to be appointed Secretary. The Legislative Glossary defines all the arcane terms used to shepherd a bill through the legislative process. Nelson also makes clear that there's not much new in politics -- the first lobbyist, William Hull, petitioned Congress for veterans' back pay in George Washington's administration. Although Hull was later sentenced to death by firing squad for handing over Detroit to the British in the War of 1812, he was later pardoned by James Madison.

Sep 04, 2016

I look forward to reading this book, and the way I'll know if this author is righteous, or just another fraudster, is if he mentions the parlementarian procedure the president can invoke on financial legislation which requires it have only a one-vote majority in order to pass [normally legislation requires 2/3's majority to pass].
If he doesn't mention this and the fact that President Obama has never invoked this, otherwise 95% of his financial legislation would have gone through, I'll know he's a phony!


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