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Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government [Hardcover]

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  159555064X  
EAN  9781595550644  
UPC  020049140536  

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A scathing look at how the Republican Party, once the paragon of fiscal conservativism, has embraced Big Government and become even more irresponsible with taxpayer money than the Democrats.

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"If you fell into a coma in November of 1994 and woke up yesterday, a lot of things might surprise you. But nothing would baffle you more than what has happened to the Republican Party. Stephen Slivinski can explain. Buck Wild tells a painful story, but it's honest and true and well worth reading."

-TUCKER CARLSON, host of MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson and author of Politicians, Partisans and Parasites

"Buck Wild does more than reveal what's wrong with the Republicans. It reveals what's wrong with us, the voters who put them in office. Politicians are foxes. But we insist on believing that some are guard dogs. We elect them to watch the hen house, and on the first Wednesday in November there's nothing left but feathers."

-P. J. O'ROURKE, author of Parliament of Whores and Peace Kills

"During the course of Stephen Slivinski's superbly researched chronicle, we meet some true conservative heroes from whom we can draw inspiration for the future. Their constant courage, punctuated by occasional success, tells us that the fight against the Leviathan state might yet be won."

-JAMES P. PINKERTON, White House domestic policy aide under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush

A scathing look at how the Republican Party, once the paragon of fiscal conservativism, has embraced Big Government and become even more irresponsible with taxpayer money than the Democrats.

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Party of Big Government Theocracy  May 1, 2008
This book provides a good insight into how the GOP went from small-government and minimized spending to big spenders as to maintain their power in DC. Essentially, the GOP gave up their principles for political gain. As such, the GOP mirrors the Democratic Party in enlarging government, but to their own contituents (Theocon and Neocon). While Bush did not start this trend, he embraced it through "compassionate conservativeness" very quickly and ensured the GOP stayed in power by spending money like there was no tomorrow. While the GOP were in power, Bush never vetoed one spending bill. Amazingly, after the Democrats took over the House and Senate, he got religion (so to speak) and transformed into a fiscal conservate who promised to veto every spending bill that went above his requested amount. Wow, I guess pigs do fly after all.

After all is said and done, the GOP is now the party of Big Government Theocracy as it caters to the "faith-based" with major spending and tilting the goverment to more "conservative" (if you can call it) direction. On that note, I do congratulate Bush and the GOP for delivering the big government that Pres. Clinton tried, but failed to achieved.
Painful...But True.   Jan 29, 2008
Affirming or negating the simple proposition, "there's little conservative about George W. Bush," is an excellent indicator of political preference in America. The left, as so many of their positions are rooted in emotion as opposed to reason, would vehemently dispute the validity of that statement. Those on the right know better of course. With less than a year left in his presidency, at least a sizable plurality of conservatives would agree that "compassionate conservatism" was nothing more than a Carteresque government spending spree. It was a Grand Old Spending Party that Mr. Bush emceed. Republicans managed to place a man in the White House with no more respect for fiscal responsibility and economic liberty than Lyndon Baines Johnson. The era might one day be known as Nixon 2: Bankruptcy Boogaloo.

Well, humor aside, such a view of the era is something we already have as Moody's is talking about lowering the rating of our national bonds at this very moment. Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government tells the whole story of Mr. Bush's war on fiscal responsibility and also informs us as to how much the Republican Party has become the Party of Washington, D.C.. Slivinski shares some excellent material with his readers here. In fact, I've already referenced some of the text's charts and figures in my own writing. I guess this is to be expected though in relation to someone who works at the impeccable Cato Institute which does more to advance individual liberty then the majority of our Congressmen.

The vignette I liked best was the one concerning an old school senator from Maine who asked Howard Baker, upon the young man's arrival to the senate, if he liked "the smell of the marble." Meaning that once you smell the infrastructure and take in the perks of Washington you'll be "ruined for life." This is something that has happened to a plethora of our Representatives over time unfortunately. They get to know people, form relationships, and then suddenly forget the reasons why we sent them there in the first place. Yes, it's rather obscene but it's an all-too human outcome. The description of earmarks and the way in which pork barrel projects are rammed through sessions will definitely horrify you. Actually, most of this will horrify you if you happen to be a conservative like me. It's a necessary but deflating account of the defilement of the GOP.
Illuminating  Apr 20, 2007
For proponets of limited government this is a must read. I've often thought that if I really knew how to follow the money, I'd get closer to the truth of our government. This book is basically a historical map on federal spending, and should come with a warning: it'll make you mad as hell. Its worse than you even suspected.

Stephen Slivinski for president I say. We'll just work on the last name, call him "Ski" or something. I hope he reads this, I'd like to thank him for his work, and my awareness.

Andy Johnson, Salem VA.
A nostalgic look back at what might have been....  Apr 15, 2007
Steven Slivinski's BUCK WILD does an excellent job of documenting the migration of the Republicans from a party of limited government conservatism (Goldwater/Reagan) to a party of national greatness conservatism (Brooks/Kristol), compassionate conservatism (Brooks) and big government conservatism (Barnes).

Starting his analysis in 1994 with the Republican Revolution, Slivinksi argues that the Republican Party stuck to its Contract With America pledge to scale back a federal government "that is too big, too intrusive and too easy with the public's money," but only for a short period. From 1995 through 1997, the Party was able to limit discretionary spending, move towards a balanced budget and pass welfare and farm subsidy reform under intense opposition. Beginning in approximately 1998 when a strong economy produced a surge in federal revenues, the Party started to abandon its limited government roots in favor of expanded spending, targeted tax breaks and increased government pork. This transformation reached its apex under the GWB administration, which has presided over the largest expansion in federal spending since LBJ (in total) and Nixon (after excluding defense and homeland security expenditures). This leads Slivinksi to conclude that the Republicans have become the party of big government.

Many who disagree with Slivinski's and others' criticisms of the Republican spending spree, like to argue that federal spending increases should be evaluated as a percentage of GDP, rather than in absolute terms. While I disagree, the record from 1995 through 2006 lends little support for this argument. In 1995, when the Republicans took control of Congress, federal spending was 20.7% of GDP. By the time Clinton left office in 2001, Congress and Clinton had shrunk federal spending to 18.4% of GDP and if left to increase on auto-pilot, federal spending would total approximately 17% of GDP today-- a dramatic decrease indeed. Instead by 2006, GWB and the Republican Congress had expanded the federal government to 20.8% of GDP, effectively reversing the gains of the previous decade.

What started out so fruitfully in 1994 with the Republican Revolution has ended with a bloated federal government and a Republican Party with little direction. BUCK WILD explores all of these areas and more. There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes accounts (e.g. Gingrich vs. the Gang of Eleven) that make the book both informative and entertaining.
Don't blame me  Oct 23, 2006
Don'e blame me, I voted *** Libertarian ***. This book does a fine job of showing how the "two party" system has become one big party at your expense! Only the Libertarian party offers a real alternative to the tax and spend Democrats, and the borrow and spend Republicans!

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