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Accurate whether you want to admit it or not,
This review is from: The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama's War on American Values (Hardcover)I don't know what facts and sources the people who have rated this book with 1 star are looking at. You all are as biased as a die hard ultra right winger. This book does not simply use the internet for research like I am sure most of you people who poorly rated this book 1 star did. It uses real research (beyond just typing issues in on google which I am sure is hard for some of you to believe) to give an accurate assessment of what Obama would realistically implement while in office. Let me enlighten you.
There is a thing called "data mining" that is a very common practice in this world. It allows you to conjure up the facts from a presentation of data that you want to convey and conveniently leave out other facts that would be detrimental to your position and still technically be telling the "truth".
For example, this is exactly what Obama did claiming 95% of Americans would receive tax reductions, read about it and compare with some other real research along with this book. In order for Obama to give 95% of Americans tax reductions, the tax system would have to be altered in such a way that changes the bracket under which many Americans qualify and that is the underlying assumption; the conveniently left out fact that is easily overshadowed by the possibility of 95% of Americans receiving tax reductions that essentially everyone wasn't told. In reality what will happen is there will be no change in the tax brackets and 40% of Americans, mostly middle class, will receive a tax deduction while the middle-upper and upper class pick up this slack and 30% of households still pay nothing. This is FACT. There are other parts to this story but this is a very broad overview.
Look, I am not saying this is necessarily a bad thing that the middle class will receive a tax cut. What I am saying is Obama was basically allowed to technically lie under this common practice and not have it count against him. This straight politics though, it is dirty, sleazy, and full of half truths. Both candidates did this, Obama substantially more than McCain just so you know whether you want to believe it or not, but Obama just simply harped on more half truths that most Americans ultimately bought in to.
Whether you voted for Obama or McCain or didn't vote at all, if you are interested in what Obama actually stands for, then read this book as it is very well researched. Even though there is obvious bias, it still remains a very accurate book.
I know some of you will snub this review immediately upon reading it and that is what is wrong with partisan politics in America today. I will come right out and say that I stand middle right politically but I pride myself on trying very hard to remain objective when observing political candidates and issues (although everyone can not completely eliminate their biases, which is an undeniable universal fact). Everyone else should try to pride themselves on this as well.
In conclusion, the fact remains that Obama was the candidate of more half truths, hidden agendas, and a serious lack of substantial real political experience. Dispute this or not, this book confirms this with actual and credible research. Every political figure in history is undoubtedly guilty of any one of these sins, but in the history of modern politics Obama does prove to be the true master of "deceit". I don't care where you stand politically, if you approach and read "The Audacity of Deceit" objectively you can't help but scratch your head. If you see yourself as an individual capable of refuting this book then by all means go ahead. You should get it published because you will undoubtedly make a ton of money selling it. I'd put my phantom tax cut against it though.
P.S. If anyone of you know, or think you know anything about the banking and finance industry as well as economics, please take a look at Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board. Do a little background research on these people and you will see just how Obama, contrary to his supposed unwavering ethics, still is falling victim to special interests just like every other politician ever.
The board even includes a former board member of Freddie Mac, the mortgage investment company he slammed and threw under the bus left and right. Just about every other person was a CEO, chairman, or board member at institutions that were found to have engaged in fraudulent accounting practices or some other SEC violation at some point. Ironically, (sarcasm) most of these institutions were the ones that had to be saved by the bailout that has flopped in trying to slow our reeling economy. Oh, and most of these people never got pinched for these violations since they conveniently left their respective institutions before the whip got cracked. I am sure they have some great advice on how to screw over people and create a massive rift in the financial industry, just what we need.
The book seems to be on track so far.....