Get The Guanxi Out Of Washington

What do Washington, Jakarta, Tokyo, Taipei, and Bangkok have in common? They are all capital cities where special interests, big money, and personal connections dominate national governments. Globalization is great when it comes to trade, but the importation of Asia's guanxi culture of money politics by Beltway politicians is a big mistake. Mainstream America is revolted by the staggering $1.6 billion being spent to elect 470 members to national office in 1996, with nearly all of the money coming from powerful lobbies.

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