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Despite it's "hardball" title, this book is really a cut above the partisan bashing. It gives an exceptionally lucid, convincing view of the politics of the GOP's radical economic agenda, all the more convincing for having been written just before the inevitable meltdown. Its history of "supply side" economics and the Laffer curve accurately reduces this malign nonsense to the minority crank status it actually holds among mainstream economists. It presents an overwhelming case for the increasingly obvious fact that behind all the cultural issues, economic rationalizations, and ideological red herrings, the GOP's politburo has had one consistent program over the last 20 years: upward redistribution of wealth, by any means necessary. Even today, with the world critically endangered by wealth imbalances, the supply-side Zombie Republicans continue to call for cuts on marginal tax rates as the solution to all human problems, including all those they created. One of the most telling arguments here is the way in which sheer economic illiteracy on the part of the media and a desire to "show both sides" has allowed the GOP the pass off specious math and play even the most respected news organizations for patsies. The Iraq war and Katrina were bad enough, but somewhat anomalous. The consistent, blindly ideological GOP financial plundering of the polity may be a blow this country can't recover from. This is a common sense book that will help anyone, conservative (true conservative) or liberal, understand how far the supply-siders have have gone.
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I didn't read more than a couple of reviews for this
audiobook thinking that I could rely on the publishers description that it would be a somewhat objective book. It's more written from the perspective of a very well read left-leaning liberalist. It really doesn't explain anything, unless you are ripe for a good ol' brainwashing.
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