Kiplinger’s Sandra Block reviews Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Jeffrey Birnbaum and Alan Lewis. Gucci Gulch, which refers to the hallways outside the tax-writing committees, “ couldn’t possibly accommodate the number of lobbyists and other. It is also the improbable story of the tax reform effort — memorialized in the seminal book, “Showdown at Gucci Gulch” by then-Wall Street.

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Showdown at Gucci Gulch

It combines the high drama of political theater with the minute arcane of a tax lawyer to make this one of the most enjoyable, interesting and informative histories I’ve read in a long time. First off, I disagree with ggulch whole premise that eliminating deductions in favor of lower rates is a better taxation system. Want insight more often?

Showing of 28 reviews. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Dec 28, Michelle rated it liked it. Editorial Reviews From Library Journal Birnbaum and Murray describe the passage of the tax reform act as the product of personal victories by Washington officials over the usually triumphant lobbyists of “Gucci Gulch”the hallways outside the congressional meeting rooms where expensive suits and shoes prevail.

Sep 06, Bobby Otter rated it really liked it. Paperbackpages. Rostenkowski – was very interesting as it was before scandal took down both of them in the ‘s. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Secondly, the book practically gives a handjob to all the politicians who were in favor of it. Chairman Packwood of the Senate Finance Committee wanted to win re-election and wanted to avoid being seen as an enemy of tax reform. But then there’s also the wiggle room within those broader guidelines.


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Sold by Tough Books and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. Published April 12th by Vintage Books first published Those goals were accomplished. Tax experts in the Treasury jumped at the bait, and created a real reformist proposal. Amazon Rapids Fun gulcch for kids on the go.

Gucci Gulch Can’t Hold All Lobbyists Engaged in Tax Fight

While the backroom deals and the outcomes are there, it is nowhere near what we have today with open and legal bribing of lawmakers but it does show how it all become so corrupt under the Reagan administration. The tools of influence and communication have exploded in the past three decades. Here, in the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal reporters provide the gicci complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality.

But the s also saw the emergence of a new wing of the Republican party … passionately committed to lowering tax rates. Birnbaum and Murray turned tax reform into something astonishingly human. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. As the details of the House GOP plan emerge in full context, lawmakers and lobbyists alike will hone their talking points on the bill.


Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sat down with the two men at a meeting this summer. From there it went to the conference committee, which eventually delegated much of the work to just Rostenkowski and Packwood, who worked with their staffs to create a workable compromise.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Look forward to reading a similar tale of tax reform. Jeffrey Birnbaum and Alan Murray Publisher: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In private conversations, most lobbyists, critics and other observers are largely skeptical that Baucus and Camp can pull off such a legislative feat. Books by Jeffrey Birnbaum. Toggle navigation Menu Subscribers.

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Same issues applicable to today. There’s the mundane stuff about how rules are drawn up for how decisions can be made in principle.

Great book, if you’re interested in learning about how our government works and how much the president has very little do to with laws being created. Is is quite a complicated task and requires skillful management. Could tax reform happen again? Get to Know Us. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Write a customer review.