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Parliament of whores : a lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S.… (1991 original; edició 1992)

de P. J. O'Rourke

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In 1988 the author moved to Washington to take a long look at our government and to find an answer to the question every American asks: What the hell do these guys do all day, and why does it cost so much money? In his Introduction, he proffers the theory that we are suffering under a dictatorship of boredom. Adopting the manner of a high school civics textbook, he covers the three branches of government -- legislative, executive, judicial -- in a section entitled "Money, Television and Bullshit."… (més)
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Títol:Parliament of whores : a lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S. government
Autors:P. J. O'Rourke
Informació:New York : Vintage Books, 1992.
Col·leccions:Political Science, Llegit, però no el tinc
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Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government by P. J. O'Rourke (2003)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
One of my all time favorite books. Don't care where Mr. O'Rouke is on the political spectrum, he has always entertained and informed me.
  resuttor76 | May 29, 2021 |
Highlights: the chapter called 'Would You Kill Your Mother to Pave I-95' about the budget. And one low-hanging fruit: on agricultural policy:

"I spent two and a half years examing the American political process. All that time I was looking for a straightforward issue. But everything I investigated--election campaigns, the budget, lawmaking, the court system, bureaucracy, social policy--turned out to be more complicated than I had thought. There were always angles I hadn't considered, aspects I hadn't weighed, complexities I'd never dreamed of. Until I got to agriculture. Here at last is a simple problem with a simple solution. Drag the omnibus farm bill behind the barn, and kill it with an ax." ( )
  andy_clark | Dec 31, 2020 |
O'Rourke tells it like it is (except that it has gotten even worse since he wrote this book). This would be funnier if it weren't so depressing. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 30, 2013 |
This is the most devastating critique of government since H.L. Mencken, although O'Rourke is short on constructive solutions to most of the problems he exposes.
O'Rourke spent considerable time following around an unnamed congressman. O'Rourke, quite correctly, argues we get a bargain for our money. The average congressman has a budget of around $550,000 for staff, salaries, and expenses. That works out to only about $1.00 per taxpayer in his district. That's pretty cheap considering all the gripes and whining he/she has to listen to for a living. The congressman has a staff of 9 employees. There aren't many businesses serving 600,000 that could survive with that small a staff, and the congressman makes far less than a "shortstop hitting .197."
A few more O'Rourkisms: "The Graham-Hollings bill [deficit reduction act was like trying to stop smoking by hiding cigarettes from yourself and then leaving a note in your pocket telling you where they are." His description of journalism: "Trying to find hair in a bowl of dough." He leaves us with the reflection that government may be a parliament of whores, but "in a democracy the whores are us. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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What stops a man who can laugh from speaking the truth?
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The subject of the book is goverment because I don't have to do anything about it.
What is this oozing behemoth, this fibrous tumor, this monster of power and expense hatched form the simple human desire for civic order?
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There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
Politics are a lousy way for a free man to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort.
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In 1988 the author moved to Washington to take a long look at our government and to find an answer to the question every American asks: What the hell do these guys do all day, and why does it cost so much money? In his Introduction, he proffers the theory that we are suffering under a dictatorship of boredom. Adopting the manner of a high school civics textbook, he covers the three branches of government -- legislative, executive, judicial -- in a section entitled "Money, Television and Bullshit."

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