Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
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Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

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Barack ObamaOCOs approval ratings are at an all-time low. A recent Gallup poll found that half of the Americans polled said Obama did not deserve a second term. Weary of the corruption that gushes from the White House faster than a Gulf Coast oil spill, voters are ready to put a cap on smear campaigns, pay-to-play schemes, recess appointments, and Chicago politics. In the...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Regnery Publishing (first published 2009)
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Charlotte
Sep 05, 2009 Charlotte rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves America
Recommended to Charlotte by: Fox News
This highly documented and footnoted work of investigative journalism will do nothing short of quell any illusions that we have a man of integrity in the White House. The depth and breadth of this Administration's exposed corruption and cronyism will surely turn the stomach of all Americans who value honesty, integrity, and their hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Written with wit and attention to detail, just one of the many disturbing revelations of the book is how our tax dollars are being used to...more
Michael
All those Obama-worshipers out there should sit down and read this little gem. You can tell who a person is by what he or she does, and this book shows us who the president and the people in his administration are by documenting all of the corrupt, deceptive, underhanded, and downright illegal things they've done. We all heard about the corruption of Governor B. Didn't anyone stop to think that he probably didn't just get that idea out of nowhere? That that's something that probably happens more...more
Jennifer
I do love Michelle Malkin. One of my favorite pundits. This book made my head spin. It's organized by crony, and the names and relationships are mind-boggling. But it's mostly names and dates and numbers, sprinkled with Michelle's quips. About a third of the heft of the book is notes, which gives credibility to her claims, none of which I think are too far-fetched.

I walked away from reading this book with the thought that I'm definitely in the wrong line of business. "Serving the people" is wher...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I sometimes have what I believe might be caused "pause" when rating a political book. Do I rate it on readability, accuracy, humor, "current-ness"....

Okay this one is pretty readable and very accurate. The situations laid out may anger some readers but they are situations etc. that are largely a matter of public record. I suppose you can simply deny, deny, deny, but it doesn't work for conservatives, why should it work for left wingers?

Okay, but the book's by Michelle Malkin.

I like the book, i...more
Anne  L
The bigger government gets, the more corruption there is. I think it's even worse with this administration because no one but people like Michelle are looking at what is really going on. The book made me feel sick. I knew that there was corruption, but I really didn't know the extent. How's that hope and change working???

Ronda
Knowing Michelle on a personal level from her working for the Seattle Times, this is classic Malkin.

She takes on Washington DC with the tenacity of a pit bull. Michelle has never been shy to say what is on her mind and is always well armed with facts and figures.

You will enjoy this book if you understand politics in America and how it is easily corrupted by those that would make deals for personal gain. As Michelle points out, most of the current people that came to DC in 2009 are known "deal m...more
Ted Alspach
For all the crap that liberal ideologues spewed about Cheney's pre-VP connections, you'd hope that they'd at least acknowledge that Obama's appointments have been the most corrupt ever. But instead they pretty much ignored the craziness that was Obama's initial appointments, even letting an acknowledged tax cheat run the IRS. Of course, the blind millions who were swayed by O's charisma will never read this book, but wouldn't it be nifty if they did....
Matt Howard
Summarizes all the sleazy, corrupt stuff that has come out about Obama's nominees, friends and associates. Assembled in one place, it's a pretty amazing compilation. The implied question is whether Obama himself can be associated with so much corruption, including very suspicious activities of his own wife, and still be an honest man. My conclusion is that he can't be, and probably isn't. It's pretty disturbing stuff.
Alice
Just finished reading the book Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin. It documents the tax cheaters, criminals, hypocrites, and business-as-usual politicians President Obama has surrounded himself with and appointed in his administration. The book showed that the campaign of Hope and Change is anything but and that President Obama is a promise-breaking politician just like all the rest. One of the more interesting points of this book is that the author quotes many liberals/democrats who have...more
Scott Lupo
Okay, I read this one as an exchange with a Republicon neighbor. It was not easy. People who enjoy books like this must really not enjoy life and must have a black cloud over their head at all times. They might not even smile much. For all her education and experience, Michelle Malkin really didn't do herself any favors by writing such a vitriolic piece. It's okay to not like somebody or think that somebody in office is doing the wrong things but do you have to be so condescending in every parag...more
Robert
I read a completely different edition than the one shown and was unable to find the one that I did read. The edition I read stated it was completely updated with three new chapters. Anyhow I digress and shall now move on to reviewing the book. This is a very well researched book as evidenced by the well over 100 pages of notes for reference. The book itself covers the current crook in the Whitehouse and how he has surrounded himself with crooks of various despicable guise and their claims to fam...more
Veronica
This book for me was OK and I have to qualify that because I thought this book could have been better. Content wise, this book assembled like a commentary on the news articles and research garnered. I thought there might be new revealing information. One could easily do a google search and discover the corruption of Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarret by simply reading archived articles on her involvement in the chicago "patient dumping" plan, while collecting a six-figure salary. I can see how th...more
Crystal
Well researched and very readable for someone who may not be aware who all the players are. The more you read the more upset you get over where our country has headed. To think I spent 26 years in the military protecting these folks. We were out there barely making a living, sacrificing many of our own wants to protect people like this. I would never give up my time in the military because it is what I wanted and loved to do with my life, however now we are living off of our retirement while mo...more
Domenico
Any one of the facts (and these are all footnoted facts) is not damning. And few, if any, are outright illegal. And most do not directly involve the Obamas. Yet it's the sheer mass of these facts, plus the sheer hypocrisy of the President who had declared the era of corruption and special-interest politics over that is damning. Malkin catalogs a rogues gallery of special interests, lobbyists, cronies, and big-money influencers who are tied deep into the White House and an administration that had...more
Linda
While I do not believe the current administration is pure, I have faith in their goals for our country. It is indeed sad to see the corruption in politics that seems to be our heritage (I truly thought we were going to have and administration of 12 year-olds when Obama said they were looking for people with no association with lobbyists!) It would be interesting if Michelle would take her microscope to the Bush administration or even the new leaders of the Republican party, perhaps FOX news and...more
Nathan
This books was not enjoyable to read albeit well researched and written. If you don't like president Obama, this book will provide you with reasons but I doubt it would persuade anyone. It reminded me of the "these guys are crooks" books about Bush and Cheney. Exposing corruption is essential to the future of our country, but it rings hollow to most people. Politicians of both parties brake promises, squander public funds and appoint cronies.
I like Michelle Malkin, but I would prefer a book expo...more
Chris
For anyone who wants the facts with no spin on what's going on in the current administration, this is for you. To the point and hard to refute. Amazing stuff, which most people have probably never seen or heard of before. You will be amazed at the absolute corruption in Washington politics at all levels and ranks, and especially in the political "inner circles." It pays to play, for sure.
Jeanne
I could only get through a quarter of the book, but not because of any fault on the part of the author. I could only take so much corruption. After picking up this book a myriad of times, I've finally decided that I just don't care to spend anymore time dwelling on Obama.
Holly Fox Vellekoop
This book should be required reading in all high schools and colleges across the USA. It exposes corruption at all levels of our government and how a radical can be elected to the highest office of our country.
Michelle
The following are my comments as I read the book so keep this in mind as you read on...


P.8 I'm surprised any president would propose a five day prior to signing public review of bills. The tempo of government has always been hectic. I'm not surprised that recent government productivity has been slow or nonexistent much less transparent! He must've thought that particular promise was immediately forgettable. I knew there was a reason I felt I was a "tea party"-ier. We want our elected officials t...more
Sarah Mariah
Why was this book even printed on paper?

Actually, it was well-assembled, and Michelle Malkin is clearly intelligent, drawing interesting - and often convincing - connections between what might, in isolation, seem like throwaway facts and incidents.

I kept imagining that this author is probably spending her time researching substantive leads and promoting publications - and not wasting time thinking literary thoughts or agonizing over any kind of a hip delivery - but, dang, that didn't make readi...more
Craig
A blistering indictment of Barack Obama and his minions. The author identifies each major player on the Obama team from inception of his administration and discusses (in detail) his/her individual dishonesty, hypocrisy and corruption. More than half of his initial Cabinet appointees failed to pass Senate scrutine for corruption, fraud, dishonesty, failure to report and pay federal income tax, etc. As for Obama himself, failed campaign promises, blatant lies, disregard of the law and the Constitu...more
Gerald
I agree with the author that there is a culture of corruption, but that culture exists more in politics itself rather than with one candidate or one party. The book met my expectations of lots of hate speech with footnotes lending an feeling of validity to the author's point of view. In the end, 'the other side' of this argument could offer the same kind of supporting documentation to their arguments. The accusations are serious and ugly, just as the accusations the liberals level against the co...more
Mac
What can one say, if you've been shit on so many times, you begin to think you are shit and that is just what we've let happen. I hate the subject matter, because I've been aware that things are going to hell in hand-basket but only the past decade or so did I realize just how deep the swamp was. For the past 50 years they have peeing in the pool and looking at our "elected officials" all but a hand full continue to pee in the pool. Its pee of corruption has been overflowing for years now and ef...more
Eric
I was not able to finish this book though I enjoyed hearing the failings of Team Obama I found it a bit cumbersome. Most of the what I heard was linking cabinet members, vice president, and Michelle Obama to names and companies and shameful acts I had never heard of. All of the names and dates made it a bit difficult to follow while driving.

A few notable highlights:
The extreme number of Obama nominees that withdrew due to legal/tax/fraudulent issues.
The hospital where Michelle Obama worked was...more
Bob
This book does a very good job of pointing out the corruption of this administration that you won't get in the mainstream media. Michelle Malkin does an excellent job of laying out a coherent, well-researched, and systematic roadmap of corruption, self-serving favors, and criminal activity -- all linked to our President and his network of thug insiders. She clearly lays out the proven links between the players and the overwhelming evidence of the role of money and corruption on how things get do...more
Megatherium
Interesting analysis, but the over the top partisanship became not only tedious after a while, it quite frankly started to detract from the case she was trying to make. Simply stating the case without snippy asides is a far more effective tactic, at least from where I'm sitting.

Why anyone and everyone who writes these sort of books feels the need to be a cheerleader, I simply don't get. Unless the point and purpose of such books is to "preach to the choir," rather than try to persuade. If so, it...more
Carolyn
The disgusting, nauseating details of Obama's lies, influence-peddling, hypocrisy, and the appointment of others of his ilk to cabinet posts and other high offices. One tries to respect the office of the presidency, but Obama makes it really hard. He has brought dirty Chicago politics, especially election fraud, to the whole nation, and cost every taxpayer many dollars that went into his pockets and those of his friends. Depressing to read, but I wish everyone planning to vote for him would do s...more
Camilla
So depressing. The writing is great, the research spot-on, and the analysis interesting, but the subject matter was just utterly depressing. It's not an Obama-bashing book exactly, so don't be put off by the title. Michelle Malkin uses the current presidency's cabinet as examples of the "pay to play" politics that consume Washington. It's so depressing to realize how blatant and dishonest and greedy these people are, based on the lengthy list of scandals Malkin discovered for each person in the...more
Cecil Williams
If you want to read a book that coherently lays the facts of the corruption involved in Government this is it. If you read this book, you will see why our Country is in the shape its in! Crony capitalism is not free market capitalism. Crony capitalism uses the influence of Government to pick winners and losers in corrupt legislation that favors one business over another and significantly undermines the free market. As Joseph Stalin once opined, he defined Fascism as the merger of the State and b...more
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Michelle Malkin is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, and author. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She is a Fox News Channel contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by Regnery Publishing.

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