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Lots of facts and figures, sloppy editing and proof reading.
on January 20, 2014
In arguing the case for supply-side economics and lower tax rates, the book brings a lot of useful and interesting statistics, building them into a cogent case. The many tables, charts, and graphs are much welcomed, and illustrate the book's points nicely. Moore's writing isnot particularly eloquent - not that it aims to be, since his case rests primarily on the facts. What is distressing, however, is the utter lack of proofing or editing in this relatively short text (122 pages). These errors are not limited to mere misspellings or other nuisances that have little impact on the book's argument. For example, on page 70, in arguing the importance of small businesses as employers, Moore states that "Small businesses create 70 percent of new jobs." Yet the citation is an unfinished footnote which reads "citation needed: 70% of new jobs small business" - a note the author left to himself while writing the book reminding himself to research this point. Very, very sloppy to leave that in the final version of the book. Another similarly sloppy mistake is found on page 102. Here Moore cites the reduction of income taxes in the 1920s and parallel rise in tax revenue as proof of the validity of supply-side economics. But in the chart he uses to illustrate, the figures are all mislabeled: tax revenue is shown as the tax rate, and vice versa. According to the chart in the book, Calvin Coolidge make an unprecedented tax hike rather than dramatic tax cuts. Again, very sloppy and just one more example of the lack of editing.