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"Feeling your pain" : the explosion and abuse of government power in the Clinton-Gore years
Bovard, James.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

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426 pages ; 25 cm
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Right-wing libertarian columnist Bovard reveals Bill Clinton as the next best thing to Adolf Hitler in his threat to American freedom. From the "Green iron fist" of environmental policy to the "plundering and blundering" IRS, it seems that it's a miracle we can still breathe. c. Book News Inc.

Author Notes

James Bovard is a frequent contributor to Playboy, the American Spectator, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also written for the New York Times, Reader's Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, and Newsweek. He is one of Washington's most controversial journalists. Since 1993, his writing has been denounced by FBI Director Louis Freeh, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the White House AIDS czar, as well as by the Chiefs of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. International Trade Commission

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Booklist Review

Clinton-haters and some (though perhaps not all) libertarians will be the primary audience for this latest screed from a journalist who writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, and Playboy. "The Clinton administration," Bovard declares in his introduction, "stretched the power of government on all fronts." He endeavors to demonstrate that premise with chapters on AmeriCorps, the IRS, affirmative action, FEMA, the War on Drugs, search and seizure property forfeitures, trade agreements, HUD, farm legislation, the enforcement of disability protection and environmental legislation, gun control, Waco, Ruby Ridge, "The Reno-Freeh Whitewash Team," and Kosovo. This rather mixed bag includes at least a few complaints almost any reader will share, but Bovard's aggressive antigovernment sentiments will not be as universally accepted. Still, where Cato Institute publications are popular and any criticism of the man in the White House circulates, Bovard's attacks will have appeal. --Mary Carroll

Library Journal Review

Despite Bill Clinton's claim that the era of big government is over, Bovard (Freedom in Chains) portrays the President's terms in office as a nightmarish progression of unconstitutional federal intrusion into the individual rights of citizens. Bovard, a libertarian who believes that little government is the best government, calls for the dismantling of federal agencies, most notably the IRS, the FBI, and HUD. He convincingly shows how poorly planned and executed government responses contributed to the tragedies of Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, but he is silent about how the anti-government beliefs of Timothy McVeigh led to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. In addition to President Clinton, Bovard holds special contempt for Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI director Louis Freeh. The author relies on the assumption that charity and the inherent good will of people will provide an adequate safety net for the poor in the absence of federal programs. Although Bovard's views and remedies will trouble moderates, he documents in exacting detail numerous examples of government gone mad. This controversial work gives the reader much to ponder. Recommended for public libraries.DKarl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 AmeriCorps: Salvation through Handholdingp. 7
Chapter 3 Plundering and Blundering: The IRSp. 27
Chapter 4 Affirmative Action, Now and Foreverp. 47
Chapter 5 FEMA: Clinton's Greatest Snow Job?p. 67
Chapter 6 The Continuing Failure of the War on Drugsp. 85
Chapter 7 Searching Everywherep. 109
Chapter 8 Forfeiture Folliesp. 129
Chapter 9 Blockading Harbors for Free Tradep. 147
Chapter 10 HUD: The Eternal Boondogglep. 167
Chapter 11 Freedom to Farm Washingtonp. 187
Chapter 12 Disabilities Dementiap. 207
Chapter 13 The Green Iron Fistp. 223
Chapter 14 Clinton's War on the Second Amendmentp. 245
Chapter 15 Wacop. 269
Chapter 16 The Ruby Ridge Cover-upp. 291
Chapter 17 The Reno-Freeh Whitewash Teamp. 305
Chapter 18 Kosovo: Moralizing with Cluster Bombsp. 325
Chapter 19 Conclusion: Clinton's Legacy versus American Libertyp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 350
Notesp. 351
Indexp. 415