Thursday, October 5, 2006

See Cooper This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 3:55 PM

On one hand, it's such a waste that Congressman Jim Cooper toils in relative obscurity in D.C. with 434 chuckleheads whose intellect he could fit in his little finger. On the other hand, we're lucky to have someone working on our behalf who has intellectual curiosity and a willingness to tell the truth. To wit: Cooper convinced Thomas Nelson to publish what David Broder of The Washington Post has characterized as one of the most secretive documents in D.C.—the U.S. Treasury's "The Financial Report of the United States"—and with it is a forward by Cooper, who writes, among other things, that America's debts and commitments total not the $8.3 trillion that the Bush administration wants us to believe but $49 trillion. And did you know that "the federal agency that keeps the worst books is the Department of Defense"?

"Economists politely call many of these trends 'unsustainable,' " Cooper writes in his forward. "I call them the road to ruin. And the following information is not a partisan attack; this is an official document of the U.S. Government issued by the Bush Administration itself."

Congressman Cooper will be at Borders on West End on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. to talk about this disconcerting tome.

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