In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, "Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think," Rep. Ken Buck explains what really goes on behind closed doors in Congress.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crises preserve their neutrality."
— President John F. Kennedy
There are three types of lies, according to Mark Twain: lies, damn lies, and statistics. After I served in the U.S. House of Representatives for only two months, I discovered a fourth type of lie, perhaps the biggest ever told — House budgets.
As a first term congressman, I was excited to read the House Budget Committee's 2015 plan for balancing the budget in ten years. What I found alarmed me; it was all make-believe: projections without plans, assumptions that were in some cases contradictory. The budget claimed savings from repealing Obamacare (still a wish rather than a reality), while simultaneously counting Obamacare taxes as ongoing revenue. The budget plan magically cut food stamps and welfare by $1 trillion without a plan do so and tossed in $147 billion in assumed "dynamic" economic growth for good measure. MORE