Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin

January 15, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Barack Obama’s 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 updated paperback edition of her #1 New York Times bestselling book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Michelle Malkin says, “I told you so,” citing a new host of examples of Obama’s broken promises and brass knuckled Chicago way.

Culture of Corruption proves once again this isn’t just any politics. It’s “boodle”-clogged, dissent-squelching, redistributive Chicago politics. The 2010 elections promise to be an anti-corruption referendum for the history books. “After all,” Malkin says “You can’t reform corruptocrats, but you can vote them out.” New revelations in the updated Culture of Corruption:

How Obama has declared war on independent government whistleblowers—with unannounced firings, smear campaigns, and forced silence—when their findings expose his political allies.
How First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity is less about reducing our youths’ waistlines and more about swelling SEIU coffers with nearly 400,000 new food service workers.
How, despite the exposure of ACORN’s illegal practices and subsequent defunding, ACORN still remains—and why the Obama White House remains tight-lipped on the future of ACORN.
How Obama is using recess appointments to install politicos when both Democrats and Republicans have torpedoed the nominations.
How the White House is manipulating key races across the country, including endorsing such candidates as Alexi Giannoulias—a mob-linked, scandal-tainted banker from Obama’s hometown.

Powerful, damning, and comprehensive, the paperback edition of Culture of Corruption reveals the ever-growing mountain of sleaze and self-dealing that the Obama administration would rather you not know.

Reaction:

This was a well-researched book that looks into all the questionable backroom deals and outright scandals that have plagued the people that the Obamas choose to surround themselves with. Malkin delves into the shady dealings of many familiar names, including Timothy Geitner, Eric Holder, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Tony Rezko, Rahm Emmanuel, Rod Blagojevich, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, and more to show how corruption and cronyism is par for the course not only in Chicago and D.C., but in the Obama administration as well.

I think Malkin makes a fairly compelling case against the people highlighted in the book. She sticks to the evidence, and while she does get in some personal jabs here and there, largely keeps her analysis limited to facts that can be found in public records and previously published information. She also cites her sources, so they’re easily verifiable if you’re inclined to challenge anything.

I can’t say that I’m surprised by how many of Obama’s associates have been given positions of power in return for fundraising contributions and other favors bestowed throughout his career. What does surprise me, however, is that there hasn’t been more of a hue and cry among the general population. Is it because the liberal media pass over these stories with only the briefest of mentions? Or is it that people simply don’t care? Whatever the reason, it’s very troubling that so many seem to accept pay-to-play and corruption as a matter of course.

Rating:

Culture of Corruption is a straightforward read that sheds light on a past (and present) that Obama and his associates would love to keep hidden from view. Shouldn’t we know more about the people in the White House, Cabinet, and other positions of power? Yes; but the information won’t come from the mainstream media, it will come from books like this one. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

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