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Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (Substance of Governance; Legitimate Grievances; Candidates on the Issues; Balanced Budget 101; Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them; Annotated Bibliography) Spiral-bound – September 23, 2008

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The author, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, is one of the co-founders of the Earth Intelligence Network, created to offer public intelligence in the public interest. Together with Joe Trippi and others, he has devised a means for leveraging $5 to $20 contribution from tens of millions of voters as a means of creating a Public Trust that refuses to perpetuate the existing system that gerrymanders and shuts out all third party candidates while emphasizing a cult of personality and a war of cultures, instead of nurturing moderation and reconciliation around our common purpose: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen and every legal immigrant. The author has lived an unusual and full life, with half of his 56 years abroad, as the son of an oil engineer, as a Marine Corps infantry officer, and as a clandestine case officer (spy handler) for the Central Intelligence Agency. As the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (today a Command), he discovered that we are spending $60 billion a year on the 4% we can steal, and ignoring the other 96% in 183 languages we do not speak. Today the author serves voluntarily as intelligence officer to the public, and aspires to be intelligence officer to the poor, firm in his conviction that educating the five billion poor, free and one cell call at a time, is the fastest way--and the only way-- to create a prosperous world at peace.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Intelligence Network; First edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971566151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971566156
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,260,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
This is short book (139 pages) that ought to be titled a "New Appeal to Reason" by that most original thinker Robert D. Steele. It contains a polemic against the current U.S. two party system and an appeal for a voter revolt. This is followed by an informed and intelligent discussion of reforming the U.S. National Government, especially the National Security Establishment.
While it is true that there is not as dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats there is little likelihood that an ignorant and ill-organized electorate will do anything to disturb the status quo. If this were all there was to this book it could be characterized as too little too late (TL2). Fortunately for the reader it contains a good deal more than this. Steele is a legitimate expert on national security issues, especially matters of national intelligence.
The balk of this work then presents Steele's prescription for reforming the U.S. National Security Establishment based on his analysis of the real threats to U.S. interests in 21st Century. Much of this prescription is a distillation and refinement of ideas that Steele has developed over the twenty years odd years that he has been an informed observer and commentator on national security. While this reviewer does not agree with all aspects of his prescription, Steele has to be respected for his foresight and seriousness of purpose. It is this portion of the book that is worth the price of admission.
Now this reviewer actually read the free version of the book on line, but still plans to purchase the hard copy version. This is because the hard copy version will be the better reference tool and this reader at least plans to use the book frequently as a reference guide.
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Format: Spiral-bound
This book is an excellent introduction to some of the most pressing issues we are now facing. These issues include the proposed financial bailout, the breakdown in real policy choices that is driven by the entrenched two party system which provides little diversity of ideas and choices, and a host of global issues such as poverty, public health, energy, etc.

The book is freely available on the Internet. The book provides detailed sourcing, with links going directly to the sources, including government publications, as well as charts and graphs illustrating budgetary and other issues. I especially found the Perot Charts (a link to them is provided in the book) very interesting and helpful in understanding some of the U.S. government's spending and budgetary metrics, including trends and the scope of the problems we are facing.

While I do not agree with some conclusions in the book, I found the book excellent and encourage any U.S. citizen who is concerned about where our country (as well as the global community and environment) is heading, to read this book. I would also urge the reader to go to the OSS and Earth Intelligence Network websites and read in further detail more of Mr. Steele's works. They are comprehensive in their coverage, the aggregate a tremendous amount of information and provide it in a simple easy to use format, and you will not find much of this information anywhere else - nor collected in one place.

Mr. Steele is an unconventional thinker and he tells it like he sees it. There is no prevarication in his conclusions and opinions. His arguments are strong and compelling.
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