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5.0 out of 5 stars Documented Facts are Stubborn Things, March 7, 2012
This review is from: Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future (Hardcover)
Norquist and Lott have documented their facts carefully because readers will not be happy when they learn what Larry Summers, Timothy Geithner, Austan Goolsbee, Barney Frank and others who were personally involved in and responsible for the nonsensical, and eventually reckless, policies behind the housing crisis and recession were doing when they should have been giving smart advice. Far from helping the country, their stubborn partisan behavior actually moved us in the opposite direction. Their actions are documented. We would have been better off if they had simply been removed from the scene. Further, Obama and his advisers DID make the recession one of the worst recoveries on record. 27 months after the recovery started, the Reagan recovery had generated over 7.0 percent increase in number of jobs. What did Obama's recovery accomplish in the same time period? ZERO percent increase. The charts tell the story. Obama can only hope that few Americans will be smart enough to read this book. Those who are smart will get the message.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2012 7:44:28 PM PST
Bob Hoskins says:
Reagan, Reagan, Reagan ... that's all we ever hear. Reagan would have broken the pledge Norquist expects all Conservatives to sign, at least 11 times as president and at least as many times as Governor of California. This myth that Regan is some kind of economic God is a total fallacy with zero base in reality. The fact is, if Mr Norquist is going to document anything about Obama, he has to remember, 2 deficit financed wars, huge upper class tax breaks, deficit financed Medicare entitlements and ZERO vetoes of any spending bills by his predecessor. Also, You can't include 2009 as, 2009, up to September was Bush junior's budget. Norquist math, does not add up.

This book is pure Right Wing propaganda, nothing more, nothing less. The way out of this mess isn't purely to cut spending, the population is growing exponentially all the time, people are aging in droves. What's the solution? Just cut them all off? That's not plausible in such a developed society.

Happiness isn't measured by the size of people's bank accounts, it's measured by the feeling of safety we all have as we age.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 12:38:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2012 12:40:35 AM PST
Dear Bob:
Thanks for putting up something, though I think that you might be surprised by the book if you get the time to read it.

Let me give you one tiny example since you raise the issue, Reagan isn't mentioned in the Introduction or Chapters 1, 3, 4 or the Conclusion. And Chapter 5 mentions his name once. He is mentioned frequently in Chapter 2, but that is because the book is making comparisons to other past recessions and recoveries.

As to your next point regarding 2009, Obama signed not only the Stimulus but also part of the spending for 2009 (Bush had threatened to veto some of the spending bills put up by the Democrats because he thought that they were too large). Both part of the Stimulus as well as that other additional spending were part of the 2009 budget. But, in any case, you can see the detailed discussion provided on this question.

The book does criticize both Republicans and Democrats, though I do admit that it is more critical of Obama.

In any case, if you have complaints about inaccuracies in the book, I would be interested in seeing them. Thank you.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 3:24:51 PM PDT
Seaotter says:
Good review.
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