By Bob Woodward
See how and why Washington isn't really functioning.
Bob Woodward’s freshly mentioned, thirty-five-page Afterword to his nationwide bestseller, The expense of Politics, offers a close, usually verbatim account of what occurred within the dramatic “fiscal cliff” face-off on the finish of 2012 among President Obama and the Republicans.
Now it’s taking place back. In fall 2013, Washington faces a brand new around of finances and financial wars which can derail the yank and international economies.
“We are essentially a blocking off majority,” stated Michael Sommers, Speaker John Boehner’s leader of employees, summarizing the home Republican position.
It was once the land of no-compromise:
On overall healthiness care cuts over ten years, Boehner recommended to Obama, you're $400 billion, I’m at $600 billion. “Can we break up the adaptation right here? do we land at $500 billion?”
“Four hundred billion is it,” Obama responded. “I simply can’t see how we pass any more on that.”
After making $120 billion in different concessions, Obama pleaded with Boehner, “What is it in regards to the politics?”
“My men simply aren’t there,” Boehner replied.
“We are $150 billion off, guy. I don’t get it. There’s anything I don’t get.”
The fee of Politics chronicles the interior tale of ways President Obama and the U.S. Congress attempted, and failed, to revive the yankee economic system and set it on a direction to financial balance. Woodward pierces the secretive international of Washington policymaking once more, with a close-up tale made from assembly notes, records, operating papers, and interviews with key gamers, together with President Obama and condominium Speaker John Boehner. Woodward lays naked the damaged courting among President Obama and the Congress.