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 an in depth, frequently 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 funds and monetary wars that may derail the yankee and international economies.
“We are basically a blocking off majority,” acknowledged Michael Sommers, Speaker John Boehner’s leader of employees, summarizing the home Republican position.
It was once the land of no-compromise:
On health and wellbeing care cuts over ten years, Boehner advised to Obama, you're $400 billion, I’m at $600 billion. “Can we break up the adaptation the following? do we land at $500 billion?”
“Four hundred billion is it,” Obama responded. “I simply can’t see how we move from now on on that.”
After making $120 billion in different concessions, Obama pleaded with Boehner, “What is it concerning the politics?”
“My men simply aren’t there,” Boehner replied.
“We are $150 billion off, guy. I don’t get it. There’s whatever I don’t get.”
The expense of Politics chronicles the interior tale of ways President Obama and the U.S. Congress attempted, and failed, to revive the yank economic climate and set it on a direction to financial balance. Woodward pierces the secretive global of Washington policymaking once more, with a close-up tale made from assembly notes, records, operating papers, and interviews with key avid gamers, together with President Obama and apartment Speaker John Boehner. Woodward lays naked the damaged dating among President Obama and the Congress.