There's certainly a glut of Obama books on the market in time for the election, but Fool Me Twice is different. Fool Me Twice is unique because it reveals the specific plans and legislation that Barack Obama has in mind for his second term. While it's easy to analyze or criticize Obama's policies on immigration, the economy, or foreign affairs, it's considerably more difficult to bring the discussion down to the actual programs. Klein and Elliott have performed a public service by exposing what President Obama does not want you to know -- the real world consequences of hope and change.
The book covers several policy areas but mostly focuses on economic issues, the military, and immigration. Among the more shocking revelations are Barack Obama's plans to cut funding to almost all military programs -- except those designed to combat climate change. The book also predicts a wholesale revival of New Deal "alphabet soup" agencies such as the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Far from the more limited ambitions of his first team, Barack Obama is planning to unleash a truly transformative agenda in his final four years, when, in his own words, he has more flexibility.
Elliott and Klein also do an admirable job of describing where these policies actually come from. They dissect the network of thought leaders, think tanks, and Administration officials and progressive lawmakers that form Obama's Shadow Cabinet. They also describe how so called "expert opinion" is used manipulate the public and create a phony consensus in favor of left wing policies. What Elliott and Klein have done is not just show Obama's specific policies, but reveal exactly how they are to be implemented.
This is the equivalent of seeing your opponent's playbook before the game even begins. Conservatives, independents, and even progressives who are interested in the substance of the 2012 election owe it to themselves to check out Fool Me Twice.