Wow! I know the few extremely wealthy American's take advantage of the system, but I did not know how much. This book reveals a lot even for a cynic l...moreWow! I know the few extremely wealthy American's take advantage of the system, but I did not know how much. This book reveals a lot even for a cynic like me. Check out the information on Obama's friend Warren Buffett.
Anyway, it still appalls me how people turn their noses down on a mom getting food stamps while they seem to have no interest or dismay in the wealthfare in this country.
The wealthy use all the infrastructure in this country, take advantage of every loophole and then get downright dishonest in the perks they get for their lobbying.
It's also very interesting the connections this book makes to how these wealthy ripoffs threaten our national security and our whole way of life.
We are just starting to see it with this economy, but so much is covered up. Still a lot of people won't open their eyes.
Our public spaces, parks, military, schools, etc keep being turned over to these private individuals and companies in the name of capitalism, when many of these are just crooks looking to rip off the public and eat their free lunch.
This proved to be dry reading; certainly not as entertaining as the one I read that Obama wrote about himself, nonetheless, it provided info whether a...moreThis proved to be dry reading; certainly not as entertaining as the one I read that Obama wrote about himself, nonetheless, it provided info whether agreed with or not. I really got bored which I rarely do with books. (less)
I had read several books about/by Hillary and thought that I should read more about Obama.
I am glad I did. Previously when I have listened to him spe...moreI had read several books about/by Hillary and thought that I should read more about Obama.
I am glad I did. Previously when I have listened to him speak, it seemed he made some contradictory statements. However, if you read his book, you will find that his views do remain consistent. He just seems so intent on looking at the other side or view, that he comes across that way or at least he did for me. Politics remain complex, and he proves to be as well.
The chapters on faith and race do seem particularly compelling. However, I find it interesting he decided to adopt religion. It's would be pretty hard to get elected in this country if he didn't.
Check out his conversation with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. He speaks out about how his secretary pays more taxes than him due to Bush's tax cuts. As the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, someone needs to speaking out against this. We should be bitter!!!! Obama will and has proven it with his votes. He voted against extending the capital gain tax cut and to immediately repeal it among other things.
I will still support Hillary until/if she does not get it; I would have no problem voting for him as president.
He did not say much on the topic of education as I would have liked. I didn't feel he had any passion for it in this particular book. When I hear our schools charcterized as "indefensible status quo" I don't respond well. Education remains a complex issue and I wanted to see less lumping all the schools together as "failing" just because some urban and rural schools have issues. Also, I wanted to hear about how the reforms of NCLB have crippled our teachers ability to teach and wasted so much instructional time. That is not the way to build the world class schools, he discusses. He is saying more in his campaign though.
Have you ever pondered why people driving old hoopdee mobiles plaster George W stickers on their bumpers? Or...Why do people struggling to pay their r...moreHave you ever pondered why people driving old hoopdee mobiles plaster George W stickers on their bumpers? Or...Why do people struggling to pay their rent vote for Republican candidates? Personally, I've always wondered how any teacher in a public school could ever support any conservative nut. It undermines everything we work for! How? Why? We'll as an educator, I should have known, because I studied the way people learn in college. The basic research reveals that people learn from stories. Give a list of words tied to a story and any child or adult will remember it. If a seven-word sound bite proves catchy enough, a person will be hooked. People learn, remember, and base their personal, political, and moral decisions on frames. This book points out that when Democrats talk, they talk. Look at my long commentary here:) They express relevant points, but consume so much time getting to them, that the average person flips to American Idol. Democrats believe the facts will set them free. However, as Ted Kennedy said, "Facts are stubborn things." Republicans know better. They possess a knack for words. In two to five words, their half can conjure up an image, and evoke an emotion. Repeat these few words enough, and a falsehood becomes a truth regardless of it's original origin. The book asks, What do you think of when you hear the words "tax relief" "Blue Skies Initiative" "Children and families" "Liberal Media" "Family Values" "Gay Marriage" "No Child Left Behind" "Spotted Owl" "UnAmerican" "For us or Against Us" "Accountability" Republicans own the language, the media, and currently our country until the Democrats learn how to frame their positions. Their money proved well spent studying and discussing in think tanks. Republicans present a cohesive ideology that makes many feel immoral for rallying against. People feel compelled to vote against their own self-interests and Democrats support the cause and reinforce THEIR frames by adopting their language. Every Democrat should read this book and do something fast, before the strict father kills the nurturing parent off for good! (less)
Imagine spending time at Disney World with your child. Your child asks if he can have the Mickey Hat. You tell the child, no. He asks again begging pl...moreImagine spending time at Disney World with your child. Your child asks if he can have the Mickey Hat. You tell the child, no. He asks again begging please. This scenario does not prove impressive as it happens a lot. However, did you know execs from Disney are standing somewhere near by with a clipboard, taking notes? Scary, isn't it? Those people are watching to see what your breaking point is, and when you give in and fork over the money for the Mickey Hat. That way they can market directly to your child empowering them to win you over the next time.
Also, the rise of ADHD and Autism remains a mystery, however, this book gives an intriguing clue that it could have something to do with watching television before age 3. NO way, baby Einstein might make actually cause children harm! From my child development classes, I know the author is right about the harmful affects of children watching tv before 3. A teenage girl at age 15 is more like a man of 83 than that teenager is like a 3 year old. Young children are entirely different beings. Their developing brains don't interrupt the sensory changes and the constant scene changes that your's or mine can.
How about a stuffed frog that has mama's voice inside it? How would that same child's brain interpret this?