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Parliament of whores :a lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S. government /P.J. O'Rourke.

Collection Type
O'Rourke, P. J.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press
Preface: Why God is a republican and Santa Claus is a democrat -- The mystery of government -- The dictatorship of boredom: -- On the blandwagon: a political convention -- Attack of the midget vote-suckers: the presidential election -- The winners go to Washington, DC -- The three branches of government: Money, television and bullshit: -- National busybodies: Congress -- Only human, in his own immortal way: the President -- Doing the most important kind of nothing: The Supreme Court -- Protectors of a blameless citizenry: the bureaucracy -- Would you kill your mother to pave I-95?: the federal budget -- Our government: what the fuck do they do all day, and why does it cost so goddamned much money?: -- Drug policy: the whiffle life -- Poverty policy: how to endow privation -- Agricultural policy: how to tell your ass from this particular hole in the ground -- Very foreign policy -- Defense Policy: cry "havoc!" and let slip the hogs of peace -- Special interest groups: the original barrel of monkeys that nothing is more fun than: -- Among the compassion fascists: the national march for housing now! -- Dirt of the Earth: the ecologists -- Setting the chickens to watch the henhouse: the savings-and-loan crisis -- Graft for the millions: social security -- At home in the parliament of whores.
1st ed.
In 1988 the author moved to Washington to take a long look at our government and to find an answer to the question every American asks: What the hell do these guys do all day, and why does it cost so much money? In his Introduction, he proffers the theory that we are suffering under a dictatorship of boredom. Adopting the manner of a high school civics textbook, he covers the three branches of government -- legislative, executive, judicial -- in a section entitled "Money, Television and Bullshit."
xx, 233 pages ; 23 cm
"A Morgan Entrekin book."
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.158
Descriptive terms
Politics and government
Politics, Practical
Politics, Practical.
Material Type
United States
United States.