So, what do you want, for the politicians to take a pay cut?
Just because we can no longer sustain an empire doesn't mean America has to collapse entirely. We can scale back and refocus on our own problems, much like Britain did.
Unfortunately, our politics is horribly shortsighted. We need to start viewing education, infrastructure and the social safety net as investments in our future and not as something arbitrary, obnoxious, or expendable. Schools are cheaper and better than prisons. Maintenance is cheaper and better than replacement. Clinics are cheaper than emergency rooms. But we don't see it that way. We can't see past corporate profits for this quarter.
The US already spends a ton of money on education (more than any other country), infrasructure and social safety nets.
The mystery is where all that money is going because it sure isn't being used for what it was flagged for.
Actually, it's not that big of a mystery, however throwing more money at the problems won't fix them. Come to NJ where we spend billions every year on failing school districts only to see them fail again. Actually, throwing money at the issues is actually a motivation for the "moochers" never to fix anything.
They do, via "libraries2go" using "overdrive" but I have an Amazon Kindle and it is not supported. Also, I don't live in Edinburgh so not having access to their system I have no idea whether or not your book is available, sorry.