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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439193228
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Michelle Caruso Cabrera is very smart and the real deal. Her strong opinions always make you think.”
--Jack Welch

"Michelle Caruso-Cabrera’s splendid book, You Know I’m Right, is all about economic freedom in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. She knows that the principles of freedom set down by the Founders must, as Reagan frequently reminded us, be at the very heart of American recovery."

--From the foreword by Larry Kudlow

About the Author

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is an award-winning financial television journalist whose career spans 20 years. She’s interviewed the world’s most compelling newsmakers. From one of the richest men in the world -- Carlos Slim - to one of the most despised dictators - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. She’s covered corporate mergers and scandals and has the inside take on too many CEOs to count. Her relentless pursuit of Wall Street’s biggest stories makes her one of CNBC top presenters. She questions government interference in social policy and hammers everyone she interviews about the need for fiscal conservative. Her following includes like-minded thinkers who are educated, wealthy and powerful.

Michelle can be seen everyday by finances’ biggest brokers and millions of Americans on her show -- right in the middle of the trading day. She also reports for NBC Nightly News and Telemundo. After years of experience, she has a deeply entrenched network of contacts that bring her to the center of every story that breaks on Wall Street. Her address book reads like a who’s who of business titans and she is integrated into their world, providing her intimate access. It was through these contacts she broke the story that Ezra Merkin had to resign as Chairman of GMAC because of his ties to Bernie Madoff.

Michelle’s career started as a stringer for the New York Times and from there she went on to be an investigative reporter in Miami and Tampa. Michelle is a graduate of Wellesley College where she received a degree in economics.

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Her logic on that issue is just as flawed as the logic in this book.
Kingpin999
The author provides a well-researched book, chock full of facts (which I like), yet written in a very readable, conversational and pleasant tone.
CE
I strongly recommend this book to all americans and I wish more politicians would read it.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ira E. Stoll VINE VOICE on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If an American political candidate called for eliminating entirely the federal departments of education, commerce, energy, transportation, and housing and urban development, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security, and Medicare, the candidate would probably be denounced as extreme.

So give Michelle Caruso-Cabrera some credit for writing a book that stakes out and defends these positions.

"Man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts," she writes. She does write that -- but she is quoting a January 1989 speech by President Reagan. It's a reminder that ideas that ideas that initially may seem extreme can win wide support with the right politician communicating them.

As a communicator of political ideas, Ms. Caruso-Cabrera, whose grandparents fled Cuba and Communist dictator Fidel Castro in 1962, is no slouch herself. There's a lot of policy substance in this book and a lot of clear writing and clear thinking to go with it.

On health insurance, she writes, "The debate in Washington is between those who favor employer-based health insurance and those who favor government-based health insurance." They're both wrong, she says: individuals should control their own insurance.

On ObamaCare's "new 3.8 percent tax on unearned income, which includes dividends, rents, capital gains, interest, and a host of other investment incomes," she writes, "Government will tax investment. That means we will get less investment as a result. When you raise taxes on something, you get less of it. That's how higher taxes on cigarettes are justified by politicians.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By riviera123 on December 7, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
A well-written and entertaining presentation of the usual small-government stuff. The author proposes to scale back and privatize Social Security, etc. There's even the Euro-bashing chapter, with the usual conservative prediction that Europe is going to go bust (still not going to happen, sorry).

It's great to admire Ronald Reagan but he had solutions for his time, not THE solution for all time! 'Government is the problem' was a catchy slogan- and some changes were needed in 1980. But the idea that government should be continuously shrinking while our world keeps getting more complex and challenging just seems silly and irresponsible to me. Social Security and other programs represent our nation's values. Are they optimal from an economic standpoint? No, but they minimize the risk of being destitute in our old age. Most Americans don't want to bet it all on the stock market. Michelle, I believe you know- from your day job- why they may have a point?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David M. Mokotoff, MD on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Okay. First the disclaimer. I too am a fiscal conservative and not a social conservative as is Ms. Caruso-Carbrera. So reading this was a little like preaching to the choir. Most of the negative reviews come from steadfast liberals and I get that. However, this author is not dumb as some would suggest. One doesn't get into and graduate from Wellesley if you are dumb. The strong points of this book is clearly the bibliography where her points can be well documented, checked, and reviewed. So this is not just some conservative blogger's rant. She is not a dye in the wool Republican or apologist as her second favorite President was Bill Clinton. She also takes George W. Bush to task more than once. Her views of our country's fiscal mess, financial disasters, and entitlement programs are spot on. Ditto for her ideas about healthcare reform. The only negatives for me were her somewhat off the wall ideas about immigration and insider trading. She also seems to give Congressman Ron Paul a bit of a pass and gloss over. However, I do try to keep an open mind and will have to re-visit her points of view some time. This book cannot be discounted and in what is shaping up to be a penultimate election year for our country, is a MUST read for anyone truly interested in how to make long lasting and liberty based changes on our now reckless nanny-state driven march to European like disaster and socialism. For those of us committed to liberty and not tyranny, this is a great reference resource when debating our liberal friends.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Hill on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recommend not wasting time or money on this book. I wonder why I have not seen Cabrera on MSNBC since she strongly voiced her opinion that renting was preferable to home ownership, then attacked the interviewee who attempted to provide a counter argument. I think MSNBC management put her on a back burner with a reprimand, but may have fired her for all I know, since I have never seen her on CNBC since that fateful moment.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By michael f nicosia on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is standard Supply Side clap trap of the right wing, Wall Street 1% elites. She is either an unwitting fool for this crowd or is doing their bidding. She is bright enough to write a book but sHe has no understanding of macro-economics and is a mouth piece for the Chicago School of economic thinking--essentially a creation of the 1%. Let's create an economic system of the Ayn Rand utopian world where only the "makers" have it all. These "makers" are creating jobs and unprecedented prosperity. Yet there is little evidence of this prosperity after some 30 years of the "makers" getting it all. The actual results of this supply side approach to economics is the most recent crash.

Notions like aggregate demand are beyond her. If wages are going down and people are not SPENDING MONEY then where does the demand for products and services come from? No answers from Michelle. In her economic world the rest of us are just widgets in a vast system created for the benefit of the elites. Everyone should be on their own and justice and fairness can be damned. Although explicitly not stated I am sure her view would certainly be that justice and prosperity are not related in any way. The gross inequality that governs our economy is a good thing (good for the elites)and she has no ability to bring balance to her views ... such as questions as to how this inequality is destroying society or how to balance corporate power and the moneyed elites with the interests of the rest of us.

THis book is propaganda for the 1%. She believes it all I would imagine because she is like all those young MBAs who believe the gross excess of executive compensation is "fair and balanced" because they might be one of those executives ... someday.
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