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Is Our Children Learning?: The Case Against George W. Bush Paperback – September 20, 2000
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James Carville Every Democrat should memorize this book, every Independent should read it, and every Republican should fear it.
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He was a poor student who somehow got into the finest schools. He was a National Guardsman who somehow missed a year of service. He was a failed businessman who somehow was made rich. He was a minority investor who somehow was made managing partner of the Texas Rangers. He was a defeated politician who somehow was made governor. You can hardly blame him for expecting to inherit the White House.
"Is Our Children Learning?" examines the public life and public record of George W. Bush and reveals him for who he is: a man who presents the thinnest, weakest, least impressive record in public life of any major party nominee this century; a man who at very critical juncture has been propelled upward by the forces of wealth, privilege, status, and special interests who use his family's name for their private gain.
A Texan, political analyst, strategist, and partisan, Paul Begala has written a devastating assessment of the Bush brand of politics.
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Mr. Begala tells us about a spoiled little rich kid who grew up to be a frathouse trouble maker, who believed that like Comodus from Gladiator he desereved to be Emporer by birth right.
This book leaves out the sordid tales of drinking and partying into his 40's. It leaves the rumour about marrying a fellow alcoholic who killed her boyfriend in a car crash. It simply tells the story of "Richie Rich" and how he failed at everything, but still made millions and even lost an election, but became president. Furthermore, it tells you where to look for the proof.
After all this is life in the New Roman Emipire isn't it?
Whoever runs against Bush in 2004 could use this book to script a bunch of mudslinging ads that make up the "substance" of most elections these days. Over and over, this book tells us how stupid Bush is and how he favors the rich and lets people pollute. If you want to read a Bush-bashing book, this will fit the bill.
Like the televised debates and most of the news media fodder on political issues these days, the intelligence of Bush is all but irrelevant (though the apparent lack of it doesn't help any) to the day to day or even long term strength and prosperity of the United States. Just because other candidates are probably intellectually superior to Bush doesn't mean much when they are all owned by the same companies seeking tax breaks, licenses to run sweat shops, "self regulation", and the freedom to dump any and all pollutants in somebody else's backyard.
If you are interested in politics and the state of the US this is a book to consider reading, however, it exclusively airs the $hrub's dirty laundry and presents a very small part of the picture.
To see a much more complete picture, pick up:
"If The Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates" by Jim Hightower
It starts with his priveleged background and the fact that his family's influence kept him out of Vietnam and in the National Guard, which he disappeared from for over a year. It touches breifly on his failed business ventures. But it really hits gear when discussing his record as Texas Governor and his Presidential campaign.
His public record is reviewed in the book and it is packed full of information that is note worthy. The reason I couldn't give this book a higher rating was the fact that it is so obviously partisan. According to this book Bush is a flat out idiot that never did anything on his own and never did one thing right. There has to be something out there positive to write about. This book did not explore both sides.
But it was easy to follow and read well. For those of you looking for some humor or some background on our President you could add this book on the list to read with others. But it should not be taken as a lone source of information.
Begala looks at Bush not only at his background as governor of Texas, but most importantly, looks at where Bush stands on various issues and why his stands are not in the best interests of America. Issues discussed include Social Security reform, education, environment, foreign policy, the death penalty, and health care. The book is designed to help the voter make an informed decision on whether or not Bush deserves to be president.
Begala spends relatively little time on Bush's personal and business scandals, with the exception of the little-reported "missing year" of 1972-1973, when Bush evidently did not report for Air National Guard duty. It is important only in that the media have focused in so much microscopic detail every movement of Bill Clinton's life, yet George W. Bush's life remains largely unexplored. Outside of this, the book stays focused on the issues.
Recommended for all those interested in the upcoming election and for those who may not have made a decision on the choice for president.
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