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The New York Time bestselling expose on the politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat agenda and undermine President Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness te The New York Time bestselling expose on the politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat agenda and undermine President Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness testimony, destroy federal records, classify embarrassing information, and retaliate against truth tellers. Yet these same tight-lipped lifers leaked like a sieve once President Trump was sworn in, freely promoting the illusion that everything he does is the new Watergate. Sometimes even conservatives portray the Deep State as nothing more than dumb inefficient bureaucracy. In fact, it’s the opposite; the Deep State is intentional, unconstitutional, and organized. In Deep State, Jason Chaffetz reveals an entrenched leadership within the civil service that resists exposure, accountability, and responsibility.  At the highest levels, they fight back, outlast, and work the system for their own advantage.  And they certainly don’t like disruptive forces such as Donald Trump.  As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz was the tip of the spear challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. He and his colleagues took on the powerful forces at the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, the Department of State, and more.  The deeper he dove in, the more shocking he found the brazen approach by the power brokers.  The balance of power has shifted. The Deep State has gotten used to operating anonymously and without consequence.  This is a problem bigger than we can even imagine and getting worse.  Unless we do something dramatic to wrest back control, we risk losing the ability to successfully challenge wrongdoing by the most powerful bureaucracy in the world.  In Deep State, Chaffetz highlights the Deep State’s tactics, illuminates the problems, and offers a way to fight back and win. It is important to expose the stories, but if the American People are going to win, Congress is going to have to do things differently.  This book helps the concerned citizen understand what must be done--so they can demand real change.  


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The New York Time bestselling expose on the politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat agenda and undermine President Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness te The New York Time bestselling expose on the politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat agenda and undermine President Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness testimony, destroy federal records, classify embarrassing information, and retaliate against truth tellers. Yet these same tight-lipped lifers leaked like a sieve once President Trump was sworn in, freely promoting the illusion that everything he does is the new Watergate. Sometimes even conservatives portray the Deep State as nothing more than dumb inefficient bureaucracy. In fact, it’s the opposite; the Deep State is intentional, unconstitutional, and organized. In Deep State, Jason Chaffetz reveals an entrenched leadership within the civil service that resists exposure, accountability, and responsibility.  At the highest levels, they fight back, outlast, and work the system for their own advantage.  And they certainly don’t like disruptive forces such as Donald Trump.  As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz was the tip of the spear challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. He and his colleagues took on the powerful forces at the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, the Department of State, and more.  The deeper he dove in, the more shocking he found the brazen approach by the power brokers.  The balance of power has shifted. The Deep State has gotten used to operating anonymously and without consequence.  This is a problem bigger than we can even imagine and getting worse.  Unless we do something dramatic to wrest back control, we risk losing the ability to successfully challenge wrongdoing by the most powerful bureaucracy in the world.  In Deep State, Chaffetz highlights the Deep State’s tactics, illuminates the problems, and offers a way to fight back and win. It is important to expose the stories, but if the American People are going to win, Congress is going to have to do things differently.  This book helps the concerned citizen understand what must be done--so they can demand real change.  

30 review for The Deep State: How an Army of Bureaucrats Protected Barack Obama and Is Working to Destroy the Trump Agenda

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It's titled incorrectly, IMHO. At least everything after the colon particularly. This is the most chilling book in politico that I've read in a decade. I knew it was bad- the murk of power sellers and the stealing of power brokers in D.C. But I truly didn't believe that the federal was as bad as my local government in Cook County/ Will County/ Dupage County (other Northern counties in IL)- as it seems it absolutely is. And has been for MORE than a decade or two. Corruption, double dipping, being It's titled incorrectly, IMHO. At least everything after the colon particularly. This is the most chilling book in politico that I've read in a decade. I knew it was bad- the murk of power sellers and the stealing of power brokers in D.C. But I truly didn't believe that the federal was as bad as my local government in Cook County/ Will County/ Dupage County (other Northern counties in IL)- as it seems it absolutely is. And has been for MORE than a decade or two. Corruption, double dipping, being paid for jobs you don't "show" for in any sense, patronage, association between agencies in cabals of trading "outside of work" accesses etc. etc. etc. More "special us" stuff than you can name. Some of the people who have rated this? They didn't read it or think it is only about the first person witness and exact word quoting for the issue that appears "after" the colon in the title of the book. It doesn't go that narrow at all. And it's not just about Trump election and aftermath reaction. It is far, far wider. And it leads me to believe that most of them are Trump haters that haven't cracked more than 10 pages overall or read at least 1/2 of the book. Which can be dry because much of it also entails date or money trail listings exactness. Scary, scary how the money is being uselessly squandered. Worse than squandered-decimated through bribes, extortions, access "pliabilities"and "dig ins" for "special purposes". And that several agencies do not even have any budget line whatsoever or one that is fixed by Congress as most citizens in the USA think they do and believe how they operate to oversee. They've gotten away with that habit by forming long term "takes" through "general" "Fed" funds' categories (byline of a "bigger" undifferentiated $$$ figure). The Congress no longer has a check and balance on the "purse strings" as quoted by so many older style politicos in history and record within America at all. Or how it was set up within the first century of the USA's Constitutionally decreed structure. And here I thought it was about the DOJ or FBI in prime style of analysis- this book and "the problem" of Trump and getting rid of him! Nope- there are others (government "specialty" agencies) that are far worse. The exact material on the EPA and the newer Homeland Security over agency, and the IRS itself is mind blowingly worse. Especially to specific whistleblowers over time and what has been their outcomes. Short term and long term both, and eventual placements when it does "go wrong". Not pretty. Chaffetz had the job when he was in Congress as a Representative to head and work in these Congressional Oversight Committees. And travel too for their inquiry processes and "answers". What an eye opener. No wonder he left after 2 or 3 terms- because he's way too honest. It's more than conspiratorial. It's self-feeding and immoral too, IMHO- the entire "operating" standard now is- and on separate planes of operation- detestable for the paying and working American citizen. We are "the dupes". Power used in every sense exactly like a Roman Emperor of the worst sort. With all the interconnections and cabals of associations to overthrow (sometimes between themselves) that existed within a Chinese dynasty court. Read this, I am not kidding. The border escapades' chapter (10 or 12 exact examples Chaffetz viewed or had inquiry to aftermaths)!! One person- not more than mid-level- made more than $800,000 off the government within a little more than 1 year for playing two roles at one time. One of which was a job he never had to "show" for- because his inquiry was "in travel" and consult. He lied. Which in reality was another entire paid government job that also insured a prime gossip monger position to associations of "agreement" so they could "mesh" and "work" for profit in both departments in "future" operations. And he suffered no consequence but a verbal chilling. Yet these bureaucrats are in actual life ruining many "lesser" Americans and violating both breath itself and civil liberties extreme. The chapter on the "war on whistleblowers" and the one on "lying to congress" should be read by all American citizens. Some of this documented "stuff" is exactly what the Founding Fathers feared. Only much worse. Lois Learner, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch should be in prison. Possibly Susan Rice too. Lies is the least of the reasons. If there is an opposite word to transparency- they were the essence. And contempt to any Congressional answers was the mere top of the crime pile for the "understanding" too between "announcements". Only if you are the very bravest should you read the "Face-to-Face with the Deep State" chapter. It's main core is Chaffetz's personal Benghazi trip. What he saw and what he learned is beyond my ability to relate to you what they did to those stationed in that "embassy". Not the brutal deaths themselves, but BEFORE the slaughter. H. Clinton was saving money for other uses and hired locals to protect several different embassies, not just this one. The local who was supposedly guarding the very entrance didn't even know how to hold the rifle given to him. Chaffetz had to instruct him how to hold it properly because the way he was positioned and holding it was dangerous- even to the "guard" himself. Money flows. And if it is under "the Fed" general budget like the newer formed agencies (EPA and others) - they just print more money if there is an "overspend" because the monetary departments are in the same "associative" groups. Everyone has a spouse or a college room mate or a brother-in-law to "mix" the perks with. And the power brokerage associations that I believed were most evident in the lobbyist cavorting is just a cipher for what exists now in the "you can't touch us because we are government union employees of special branch" status. Knocking down a level or two is not even a punishment as far as I can see, at all. Grave, grave absences, all kinds of stealing and uses for $$$$$ living and much more of access is not even the prime. It's endless. What was the most shocking was how some of these case, year by year Chaffetz records to their "work", how they "entered" this lifestyle. And most of it was NOT in schooling or legality of profession. Not at all. This book truly depressed me. It only lost a star in the wideness of its scope. It should be a series. And this is far worse than a swamp. It's Dante's pit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Smith

    This book was very interesting. It showed the corruption of government especially under the Obama administration. I always thought Obama was the worst president ever. We need more businessmen like President Trump running the government instead of dirty career politicians. A limit should be placed on the number of years a politician can serve.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    One of the best political books I've read in quite a while. Chaffetz lays out how the DS will stop at nothing to protect their power, influence and cash. The federal government doesn't work for, nor have the best interest of American citizens at heart. The main goal is to control and continue to have unchecked power. Chaffetz details solutions to the problems but it will take conservatives in congress to do their constitutional duty and a justice department that will hold accountable and prosecu One of the best political books I've read in quite a while. Chaffetz lays out how the DS will stop at nothing to protect their power, influence and cash. The federal government doesn't work for, nor have the best interest of American citizens at heart. The main goal is to control and continue to have unchecked power. Chaffetz details solutions to the problems but it will take conservatives in congress to do their constitutional duty and a justice department that will hold accountable and prosecute all the bad apples on both sides. Justice is supposed to be blind but it isn't. The elite and well funded get away with whatever they want. If the swamp is to to be drained it's up to the legal voter to boot the trash to the curb and clean house. Term limits would go a long way to cleaning things up. Real oversight of government entities is needed. Federal employees who aren't getting it done need to be fired and upper management need to be given that power. Unions protect the toxic employee and they get to retire with full benefits paid for by yours truly. If I had a lousy attitude, stirred up trouble, harased or bullied fellow co-workers I'd fired; no pension or golden parachute - just see ya there's the door. No matter what your opinion of Trumps personality or speech he's got the back of every American citizen and is doing his best in face of continued opposition to keep our country safe, strong, economically prosperous, and sovereign.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ian yarington

    I won this book in the giveaways. I would never have read it otherwise and honestly I don't know why I did read. It's a typical political hack job. Laughable at best, unless you're a right winger through and through then it's just a confirming head nodder instead of head shaker. So basically if your Republican and love Fox News you will love this book, if you think for yourself you will kick yourself for reading like I am.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Keith

    Jason Chaffetz was the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and was in charge of challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. When Trump won the election of 2016, Chaffetz was hopeful things would change and people who previously escaped prosecution for their crimes would finally be charged or, at least, investigated. His hopes were not to be when so many of the Obama holdovers blocked the President at every turn. Chaffetz, disillusioned, decided it was time to quit polit Jason Chaffetz was the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and was in charge of challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. When Trump won the election of 2016, Chaffetz was hopeful things would change and people who previously escaped prosecution for their crimes would finally be charged or, at least, investigated. His hopes were not to be when so many of the Obama holdovers blocked the President at every turn. Chaffetz, disillusioned, decided it was time to quit politics. I had no doubts that the Deep State existed but this book gave me numerous examples which are backed up with first hand knowledge and statistics. Any one of the subjects presented in this book could constitute a book in itself but Chaffetz breaks it down well and gives the reader the highlights (or rather, lowlights) of a government that is clearly out of control. He lists numerous incidents of financial waste and how taxpayers are footing the bill for feckless government employees. He reminds of the many scandals that occurred during the Obama Presidency that are still not fully investigated and how Jeff Sessions refused to do so. Most importantly, or at least most currently, he tells how the Deep State has tried since day one to undermine and take down our current President. The reasons the Deep State are so against the wall are many but the fact that with illegal immigrants you need bigger government is foremost. Also, the high tech companies who support the Deep State are some of the biggest benefactors of illegal immigration.These companies "rent" workers from other countries, giving them H1B status, and then pay them a fraction of what they would pay Americans. One worker was making $130,000 per year and was forced go train a H1B worker who was then paid $30,000 per year. The American was told he either trained him or he would lose his severance pay. This is a great book by a guy who was on the front lines and will, hopefully, be an eye opener for all who dare to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    richard aud

    Great insight into a function of a dysfunctional government. Confirms my impressions of the existence of the deep state and the group's that continue to take advantage of true American citizens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Case

    Sincere and scary. I used the audio version and Mr. Chaffetz does a good job conveying information.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Every American should read this book but fair warning, it will make you want to throw your hands up in surrender to the insidious virus our federal bureaucracy has become. The reviewers who claim this is a political hack piece obviously didn't read the book. Yes, the Obama administration is heavily featured but that's because that administration coincided with Chaffetz time in Congress. His mentions of Jeff Sessions and other Republicans aren't flattering and he is often complimentary of Dem. El Every American should read this book but fair warning, it will make you want to throw your hands up in surrender to the insidious virus our federal bureaucracy has become. The reviewers who claim this is a political hack piece obviously didn't read the book. Yes, the Obama administration is heavily featured but that's because that administration coincided with Chaffetz time in Congress. His mentions of Jeff Sessions and other Republicans aren't flattering and he is often complimentary of Dem. Elijah Cummings. This book is about the entrenched bureaucracy, not political parties and it reads like a nightmare. We are much closer to the old Soviet system than we realize.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Sometimes a book, like this one which I got a free copy of from a goodreads giveaway, is given a provocative title in order to sell more copies. This book, by Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz, is an excellent example. The Deep State is a trending buzzword implying a bunch of sinister operatives in the Federal Government using advanced techniques to overcome the will of the minority of the people in their election of Donald J.Trump. This book is not about that. In fact is should be called 'The Sometimes a book, like this one which I got a free copy of from a goodreads giveaway, is given a provocative title in order to sell more copies. This book, by Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz, is an excellent example. The Deep State is a trending buzzword implying a bunch of sinister operatives in the Federal Government using advanced techniques to overcome the will of the minority of the people in their election of Donald J.Trump. This book is not about that. In fact is should be called 'The Incompetence of the Bureaucracy'. For the first 2/3 of the book Chaffetz gives example after example of incompetent bureaucrats behaving badly and incompetently and then attempting to cover up their stupidity. There is barely a mention of trump exempt to say how things have not changed in regards to the new administration. No conspiracy, just stupidity. Nearing the close of the book Chaffetz tries to connect the dots to show that it is, as we all suspected, a CONSPIRACY. United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a perfect foil for the propagation of the Deep State (since Master Trump has expressed is dissatisfaction in the loyal first Senator to support him). It is implied that, if not for Deep State operatives like Sessions, we would truly be able to achieve Great(ness) Again... Now, I do not disagree with the premise of this book, which is that there is a high level of incompetence and cover-up of said incompetence in the US government, and I found the account of the investigative processes (that the Fox News analyst who gave up one of the most powerful posts in the US House of Representatives to be a seller of advertising to a partisan audience) of Congress to be interesting, but the partisan hackery of the author and the high school level writing were a definite turn off. Can you imagine if an investigative bulldog (of the opposition) such as Chaffetz had been willing to investigate his own party? That could have been interesting. Unfortunately, as soon as his own party was empowered in the 2016 election, he realized that one can do so much more good in the media than in the constitutionally mandated seat of power that is the United Stated Congress, whose power (as bemoaned by the author) has been taken by the executive branch awaiting a heroic representative persona who will actually change laws to provide a check on the executive instead of being the antagonist of the opposition and quietly sitting aside when the time comes to investigate his allies in the tyrannical executive... So, long story short, this could be a fine book and concept if stripped of the partisan victimhood of the author and the low level of scholarship (most references were from the www.) , and I would like to read it. But this, while being pleasing to the self-confirmational desires of his audience, is not that book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Many people will not read this book because it is written by a Republican and perhaps because of the subtitle which emphasizes issues from the Obama administration which will turn them off. That’s sad, in my opinion, because though Chaffetz goes over the issues that occurred during the Obama administration it is because that’s the time Chaffetz served in the House of Representatives. But he goes beyond those issues to the heart of the problem of what is called the Deep State. Here is how he desc Many people will not read this book because it is written by a Republican and perhaps because of the subtitle which emphasizes issues from the Obama administration which will turn them off. That’s sad, in my opinion, because though Chaffetz goes over the issues that occurred during the Obama administration it is because that’s the time Chaffetz served in the House of Representatives. But he goes beyond those issues to the heart of the problem of what is called the Deep State. Here is how he describes it. “The true Deep State, which is the permanent class of Democrats, Republicans, federal bureaucrats, and entrenched Washington DC insiders is not going to go quietly.” p.149 It is worth reading the book just for the last chapter in which Chaffetz specifies a number of things that need to be done to route out the problems of the deep state. Here are just a few of the things he mentions can be done. End the requirement that Congress rely on the US district attorney for the District of Columbia to enforce compliance with subpoenas. P.186 The US House of Representatives has the power to use budgetary authority in the budget process. The current dysfunctional budget process needs to be reestablished as dictated by the constitution. P.190 Reform our need to address rewards and incentives in the federal workforce. Federal workforce is represented by powerful tax exempt unions who’s representatives are on the payroll while they work on behalf of the union. P. 192

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Chaffetz’s book expertly explains and describes almost everything that is wrong with our government today. The corrupt and greedy politicians and bureaucrats who make up the Deep State are exposed. The American people must aggressively press forward to drain the swamp as the DS will always fight to preserve itself. Great book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Aylward

    A thoughtful review of the state of the United States form of government.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz explains how we ended up with a politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat party agenda and undermine Donald Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness testimony, destroy federal records, classify embarrassing information Former Congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz explains how we ended up with a politicized federal bureaucracy that actively works to promote the Democrat party agenda and undermine Donald Trump. The liberal media loves to characterize the Obama years as free of scandal. They pretend this is true because virtually every office in the executive branch worked to withhold evidence of wrongdoing, silence witness testimony, destroy federal records, classify embarrassing information, and retaliate against truth tellers. Yet these same tight-lipped lifers leaked like a sieve once President Trump was sworn in, freely promoting the illusion that everything he does is the new Watergate. Sometimes even conservatives portray the Deep State as nothing more than dumb inefficient bureaucracy. In fact, it's the opposite; the Deep State is intentional, unconstitutional, and organized. In Deep State, Jason Chaffetz reveals an entrenched leadership within the civil service that resists exposure, accountability, and responsibility. At the highest levels, they fight back, outlast, and work the system for their own advantage. And they certainly don't like disruptive forces such as Donald Trump. As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz was the tip of the spear challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. He and his colleagues took on the powerful forces at the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, the Department of State, and more. The deeper he dove in, the more shocking he found the brazen approach by the power brokers. The balance of power has shifted. The Deep State has gotten used to operating anonymously and without consequence. This is a problem bigger than we can even imagine and getting worse. Unless we do something dramatic to wrest back control, we risk losing the ability to successfully challenge wrongdoing by the most powerful bureaucracy in the world. In Deep State, Chaffetz highlights the Deep State's tactics, illuminates the problems, and offers a way to fight back and win. It is important to expose the stories, but if the American People are going to win, Congress is going to have to do things differently. This book helps the concerned citizen understand what must be done—so they can demand real change.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jim Erekson

    This book was remarkably free of spelling errors! Otherwise, there was little evidence of an editor. Broadside Books is an imprint of HarperCollins, so I am worried about their financial situation. Their page says they are "a forum for smart, serious conservative ideas" so I wondered how this one slipped by. Wm F. Buckely, Jr. this is not. So they probably outsourced graphic design for the cover and then didn't check it. It's clearly a stock photo of Trump doing a Nazi salute while Hillary and O This book was remarkably free of spelling errors! Otherwise, there was little evidence of an editor. Broadside Books is an imprint of HarperCollins, so I am worried about their financial situation. Their page says they are "a forum for smart, serious conservative ideas" so I wondered how this one slipped by. Wm F. Buckely, Jr. this is not. So they probably outsourced graphic design for the cover and then didn't check it. It's clearly a stock photo of Trump doing a Nazi salute while Hillary and Obama share a chuckle about it. If there's anything about this book that undermines its message more than the writing, it's that cover. Either outsourced, or the graphic designer submitted it as a joke and was blown away when no one caught it. I read the whole thing because a. it was a gift from a family member who will probably ask me about it later, and b. I am going to be reading The United States of Paranoia and Voodoo Histories, and I wanted a current conspiracy theory in mind as I read up on how conspiracy theory works. Like other reviewers, I was disappointed this was a mere string of anecdotes and existing news stories about government incompetence and corruption (mostly 'aren't I clever' stories of what Chaffetz said in meetings)--not an actual argument about a deep state conspiracy. Chaffetz spends no words describing or justifying his use of the term 'deep state' anywhere in the book. He uses it as a punch line: blab blah, corrupt governent official...Deep State! The jacket liner claims that the deep state is organized, but Chaffetz gives no evidence for any kind of cabal other than the dysfunctional two-party system he is part of, and an overblown bureaucracy. Everyone knows these things already. (Oh, and the jacket liner and reviewers promised the book would be told in an entertaining and sometimes funny voice. Oh well. What's one more broken promise?)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    Very revealing book about just who the "Deep State" is & how they operate. They are acting with complete immunity, making changes to embassy design which puts them & their personnel vulnerable to attack from enemies; withholding documents and other important information from Congressional Oversight investigators; & sending staffers without the proper security clearance to meetings where Congressional Investigators were traveling....often even in places far away from anywhere...out in the middle Very revealing book about just who the "Deep State" is & how they operate. They are acting with complete immunity, making changes to embassy design which puts them & their personnel vulnerable to attack from enemies; withholding documents and other important information from Congressional Oversight investigators; & sending staffers without the proper security clearance to meetings where Congressional Investigators were traveling....often even in places far away from anywhere...out in the middle of the Pacific. These people are from multiple Federal agencies: State; Defence;Justice; and others. They have operated under both Democrats & Republicans in the White House, but seem to be more in line with whatever agendas the Democrats are pushing...including the so-called "Russian collusion" charges & "obstruction" charges that resulted in the US House of Representatives vote for Impeachment against President Trump. My view after reading it is that "We the People, of the United States of America" have a lot of work ahead of us to bring back control of the Government to its source...Us! We have to be more pushy with our Representatives & Senators in getting them on board to reign in the ability of the Agencies staffers to obstruct, impede, & confound those with Constitutional authority to investigate wrongdoing by anyone in a Government job...elected or appointed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roger Yacobucci

    I thought the book was good and provided Jason's personal prospective on dealing with the deep state. He provides examples of how the deep state circumvents and protects itself from the power of the 3 branches of government. He also shows how we have lost control of a monster that is getting bigger, stronger, and less controllable with time. And even though he focuses on the federal level of government the same deep state tactics are obvious at the state and local levels of as well. Lincoln beli I thought the book was good and provided Jason's personal prospective on dealing with the deep state. He provides examples of how the deep state circumvents and protects itself from the power of the 3 branches of government. He also shows how we have lost control of a monster that is getting bigger, stronger, and less controllable with time. And even though he focuses on the federal level of government the same deep state tactics are obvious at the state and local levels of as well. Lincoln believed in a … government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. However we now have two governments and the elected one is perishing while the deep state one is thriving. The elected one represents the wishes and power of the people while the deep state one represents the wishes and power of itself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    Excellent book. Two bits of information that stunned me are the treatment the Benghazi heroes received from the Obama administration and the unwillingness of Jeff Sessions to investigate some crimes. The Benghazi heroes were not allowed to get a ride home on government flights. Understandably they were contractors and probably expected to pay their own expenses. However, under the circumstances the least America could do was bring them home safely. Despite their bravery in defense of the mission Excellent book. Two bits of information that stunned me are the treatment the Benghazi heroes received from the Obama administration and the unwillingness of Jeff Sessions to investigate some crimes. The Benghazi heroes were not allowed to get a ride home on government flights. Understandably they were contractors and probably expected to pay their own expenses. However, under the circumstances the least America could do was bring them home safely. Despite their bravery in defense of the mission, their security clearances were then revoked. Despicable. Jeff Sessions not only didn't pursue Hillary Clinton, he refused to prosecute Bryan Pagliano, the tech who set up her private email server and subsequently refused to comply with a House subpoena. This demonstrates that we indeed have a two tiered justice system with some people being above the law.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Biggers

    Insightful, up-to-date research showing how deeply entrenched the Deep State is in Washington, D.C. and around the beltway. Jason Chaffetz not only provides detailed descriptions of how and where the Deep State exists (and it's not what many people would define as the Deep State either), he also provide detailed examples of how this can be banished from the Swamp as well. He manages to not only define the problem, but state how it can be solved. Now, if only we can get enough American citizens t Insightful, up-to-date research showing how deeply entrenched the Deep State is in Washington, D.C. and around the beltway. Jason Chaffetz not only provides detailed descriptions of how and where the Deep State exists (and it's not what many people would define as the Deep State either), he also provide detailed examples of how this can be banished from the Swamp as well. He manages to not only define the problem, but state how it can be solved. Now, if only we can get enough American citizens to read this book and act upon the suggestions provided to start moving us away from a government-run life to one of the independence our forefathers sought for us from the beginning of this great country. Thank you Mr. Chaffetz!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Konrad Röder

    Peter Strzok said "we'll stop him". After reading the book, you will know who we is. In this book, Congressman and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz shows that the deep state was alive and running when he was first elected in 2008 during the Obama administration and has intensified its efforts under the Trump administration. The book starts a bit slow, but give it a chance. Chaffetz explains the mechanisms that the deep state uses to control what Congress get Peter Strzok said "we'll stop him". After reading the book, you will know who we is. In this book, Congressman and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz shows that the deep state was alive and running when he was first elected in 2008 during the Obama administration and has intensified its efforts under the Trump administration. The book starts a bit slow, but give it a chance. Chaffetz explains the mechanisms that the deep state uses to control what Congress gets to see, or better yet completely bypass oversight. Not sure if the deep state really exists? Read the book. It will leave you wondering if your elected representatives really run the show.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have followed the news all of my life - am a journalist myself - and have been continually appalled at what has finally been accurately labeled: Fake News. What is beyond that and not covered by that moniker is the lie of omission. This book covers probably 1% of that omission. I am shocked at how blatant the deep state is. Horrified is more akin to the truth. This is a book that I think every American should read. And it should be required reading in high schools and colleges. The chance of tha I have followed the news all of my life - am a journalist myself - and have been continually appalled at what has finally been accurately labeled: Fake News. What is beyond that and not covered by that moniker is the lie of omission. This book covers probably 1% of that omission. I am shocked at how blatant the deep state is. Horrified is more akin to the truth. This is a book that I think every American should read. And it should be required reading in high schools and colleges. The chance of that ever happening is < .00000000001% I would be the first to support Jason Chaffetz should he ever run for President. I am sorry that we lost him in Congress. He is truly a good man. I can not recommend this book highly enough.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Written by someone with the knowledge to analyze the political scene this is a great look into the bureaucracy and politics of the government and the news media. He analyzes the structure and heads of many of the government agency's that seem to have their own agenda. Mr. Chaffetz has a good understanding of the politics of Washington DC and points out a lot of misunderstandings the news presents about the Obama administration. Worth your time to read and discuss. I received a copy of this ARC i Written by someone with the knowledge to analyze the political scene this is a great look into the bureaucracy and politics of the government and the news media. He analyzes the structure and heads of many of the government agency's that seem to have their own agenda. Mr. Chaffetz has a good understanding of the politics of Washington DC and points out a lot of misunderstandings the news presents about the Obama administration. Worth your time to read and discuss. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book will make you angry. The deep corruption in our government is outrageous. The IRS, EPA, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, etc. are explained in detail in this book. Hillary cannot be touched. She gets by with anything. She must have the goods on many people. The Deep State like their hold on Washington and will do anything to fight Trump who is trying to fix it for the American people. The Swamp must be drained.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Csparrenberger

    Another insider book. The most interesting thing to me was the author divulges how many employees various government branches have. At the end, the author makes recommendations for correcting the problems in Washington DC that will never be realized.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Walt1988

    Great read about the corruption in Washington during to the deep state.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    Illuminating and scary.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was a very foundational book for me. Jason Chaffetz was the head of the oversight committee during his time in Congress and, as such, well-versed in the comings and goings of individuals in Washington. He reveals what Democrats wish to change to again get an advantage in government and how they plan to make those changes now that they have a majority in the house. With the coronavirus pandemic and Republicans wanting to get bills passed to relieve the American people, House leadership is no This was a very foundational book for me. Jason Chaffetz was the head of the oversight committee during his time in Congress and, as such, well-versed in the comings and goings of individuals in Washington. He reveals what Democrats wish to change to again get an advantage in government and how they plan to make those changes now that they have a majority in the house. With the coronavirus pandemic and Republicans wanting to get bills passed to relieve the American people, House leadership is now slipping the very items Chaffetz names in his book into the relief bills or they won’t pass them. I don’t think I’d have paid much attention to this had I not read Jason’s fact-filled book. Hopefully an astute electorate will not be fooled. Trying to elect a president fairly without the electoral college is just one “teeny” insertion that could have major ramifications.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseph C. Young Jr.

    Learned a lot about the deep state, from a Rep. that fought it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    William

    Excellent book. Easy to read and down to earth. Straightforward and fact based. Also frightening of how much the Deep State can usurp the will of the people.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Chaffetz provides a front row seat to the corruption of the Obama administration. Chaffetz served as Chairman of the House oversight committee during the Obama presidency. Chaffetz details multiple deep state operations to cover up corruption. Specific incidents of financial waste and government futility are documented. Chaffetz also proposes solutions to improve government oversight and toxic employees. Chaffetz is definitely a republican and his political bias shows in this book. However, the Chaffetz provides a front row seat to the corruption of the Obama administration. Chaffetz served as Chairman of the House oversight committee during the Obama presidency. Chaffetz details multiple deep state operations to cover up corruption. Specific incidents of financial waste and government futility are documented. Chaffetz also proposes solutions to improve government oversight and toxic employees. Chaffetz is definitely a republican and his political bias shows in this book. However, the problem of corruption overlaps between both parties. One of the major solutions included: Page .186 End the requirement that Congress rely on the US district attorney for the District of Columbia to enforce compliance with subpoenas. More detail on his solutions and observations are included in the spoiler: (view spoiler)[ Real oversight of government entities is lacking. Federal employees who are problematic can not be fired. Unions protect the toxic employee and they get to retire with full benefits. Companies "rent" workers from other countries, giving them H1B status, and then pay them a fraction of what they would pay Americans. One worker was making $130,000 per year and was forced go train a H1B worker who was then paid $30,000 per year. The American was told he either trained him or he would lose his severance pay. He reminds of the many scandals that occurred during the Obama Presidency that are still not fully investigated and how Jeff Sessions refused to do so. P.190 The US House of Representatives has the power to use budgetary authority in the budget process. The current dysfunctional budget process needs to be reestablished as dictated by the constitution. P. 192 Reform our need to address rewards and incentives in the federal workforce. Federal workforce is represented by powerful tax exempt unions who’s representatives are on the payroll while they work on behalf of the union. p.149 Here is how he describes it. “The true Deep State, which is the permanent class of Democrats, Republicans, federal bureaucrats, and entrenched Washington DC insiders is not going to go quietly.” (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Richard E

    From someone who saw the mastication of our liberties by the Deep State. Mr. Chaffetz work was enlightening. As Justice Brandeis said, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The Deep State will continue working in the shadows to the peril of our citizens.

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