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The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry Hardcover – March 19, 2004
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For context, remember that Carter's overwhelming domestic problem was inflation, which reached 13% during his presidency. I had read this book (rapidly) a few months ago, but came back for clues about how this particular disaster happened.
Well, the answer is obvious. Carter expanded the money supply. Not once or twice, but continuously. He seemed to have some vague idea that printing (or authorizing) more money would just generally be a good idea. But it's hard to say why Jimmy Carter did anything.
When asked about inflation, in April of 1978, Jimmy Carter said, and I quote: "It is a myth that the government itself can stop inflation."
OK, if you understand Basic Economics, you can pick your jaw up off the floor. But even more fascinating is what Jimmy went on to say. He said that inflation forced us to confront unpleasant facts about ourselves, such as the fact that some people were selfish and refused to make sacrifices for the common welfare.
So how did Jimmy Carter explain inflation? It obviously had nothing to do with his own constant expansion of the money supply. Nope, it was the fault of the idiots who elected him, those selfish American people.
This is your clue here: when Jimmy Carter starts explaining things to you, don't bother listening unless you want a totally unfounded guilt-trip.
This book goes through Mr. Carter's entire public career, shows that in each office to which he was elected he won the elections by crooked means. It also shows that he could run the elections, but he was incompetent in holding these offices.
Clearly, Jimmy Carter is one of the worst, if not the worst, president in the U.S. history. This book reveals the real person of Carter. It is a worthwhile read, although I wish there were more excitement in the language.
The thing I notice a lot is that people who obviously don't read the book but dislike the premise of the author, love writing negative reviews.
I used to really like Jimmy, but when he goes to Cuba and slobbers on Fidel, I started rethinking the president whom I always considered `nice, but incompetent'.
In retrospect, I think Jimmy is what changed me as a lifelong Democrat to start seeing the other side of the argument. Certainly if he is one of our best presidents, we need to reconsider the party's stand.
His similarities to Kerry, who has said he might appoint JC to a State Department level position, are sobering.
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what a great book.. I am one that reads a few pages then sits it down and thinks about what I had read.. not with this book.. I sat down and had to read it from start to finish.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dusty
Five star book for a five star Unprintable word - - a Great Man Wanna BePublished 12 months ago by Theodore S.
I now know why my Father always swore about Carter when he came on tv. Book was well written. This was a very good read. To me, Carter is a real cyco. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by mimi
Here is a book with a Republican agenda. As such, while there are many interesting stories about Carter the overall tone is one of extreme bias.Published on September 9, 2012 by Dale Jenkins
I have read through this book and have found the book to be an easy an interesting read. The book is fairly short as were Carters accomplishments and character. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by P. Smith
Alright, this is completely ridiculous. Calling Jimmy Carter our "worst ex-president" is so far off base, I don't even know where to start. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by G. K. RN
I will not waste my energy not one moment more than needed. As a request to a friend, I read his copy. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by SBJ400