April 15th 2017
Author- David Schoenbrod
DC Confidential- Inside The Five Tricks Of Washington
You think you know why our government in Washington is broken, but you really don’t. You think it’s broken because politicians curry favor with special interests and activists of the Left or Right. There’s something to that and it helps explain why these politicians can’t find common ground, but it misses the root cause. A half century ago, elected officials in Congress and the White House figured out a new system for enacting laws and spending programs–one that lets them take credit for promising good news while avoiding blame for government producing bad results. With five key tricks, politicians of both parties now avoid accounting to us for what government actually does to us.
While you understand that these politicians seem to pull rabbits out of hats, hardly anyone sees the sleight of hand by which they get away with their tricks. Otherwise, their tricks wouldn’t work. DC Confidential exposes the sleights of hand. Once they are brought to light, we can stop the tricks, fix our broken government, and make Washington work for us once again.
The book explains the necessary reform and lays out an action plan to put it in place. Stopping the tricks would be a constructive, inclusive response to the anger that Americans from across the political spectrum feel toward what should be our government.
A pioneer in the field of environmental law, David Schoenbrod was at the forefront of environmental justice, taking on big business. Now, his concern has turned to Congress evading accountability to voters.
Professor Schoenbrod’s most recent book is DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington published by Encounter Books in 2017 with forewords by Governor Howard Dean and Senator Mike Lee. He frequently contributes to the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other newspapers and periodicals.
As staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) during the 1970s, he led the charge to get lead out of gasoline, dramatically helping to reduce the amount of the braindamaging contaminant in the air. He has also published articles in scholarly journals on environmental law, remedies, and the law and politics of regulation.
He began in law practice as director of program development at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, which had been established by Robert F. Kennedy.
Professor Schoenbrod’s academic career includes positions at Yale Law School (1977) and New York University School of Law (1979–84), in addition to his current position at New York Law School. He holds membership in the American Law Institute and the Education Advisory Committee, Common Good.