A riveting talk by author and former Congressman Robert Ney marked the March 22 launch of my seventh radio season as co-host with Scott Draughon of the “Washington Update” series on the My Technology Law network.
I'm thrilled to be able to work again with Scott, at left, a pioneer in business radio and by now a good friend. We strive to provide an insider, uncensored look at political, regulatory, and Washington impact on the country. Washington's spin machine has so many layers that this is a joint effort. So, our toll-free call lines are always open for live dialog on-air.
Ney is a former Republican congressional leader from Ohio and author of the new book, Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill. Incisive both on air and in his book, he predicted that President Obama will have great difficulty succeeding in his second-term agenda unless he narrows his focus and works diligently at achieving it.
The six-term former Congressman, at right, is embarked on an unusual journey. He went from being one of the nation's most powerful Congressman to a prison cell. Now free from that confinement and his self-imposed chains, his book is a gripping portrait of Washington life and his return to his roots in Appalachia.
Ney's message is that Washington's corruption is far more extensive than the Jack Abramoff scandal that led to his guilty plea on corruption charges in 2006. Released from prison in 2010 and now a radio show host in Wheeling, West Virginia, Ney has nothing to lose by sharing in blunt detail what he has seen and learned. I gave the book a highly positive review last week, and suggested that its details are worth much more in-depth discussion. That opportunity is now.