Book Review: Let Me Be Clear

Kieffer_Jacket_New_290pxBy435pxKatie Kieffer’s new book Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope is being published on June 24. Katie kindly blessed me with an advance copy of her book. Kieffer’s new book is not only well written but an enjoyable read, and one which I would encourage everyone, not just millennials, to read.

Kieffer begins her book with an open letter to President Obama, as she co-opts one of his favorite phrases “Let Me Be Clear.” Kieffer clarifies to Obama, in very specific detail, how he has used and deceived and lied to millennials to get their vote, but did not follow through on his promises.

I’m not going to outline the entire book, but I want to highlight some of the best parts of Kieffer’s book. Hopefully this review will be a good tease for the book and motivate you to not only purchase but read Kieffer’s book. It is well worth it.

In chapter one Kieffer lays out an analogy that she uses throughout the book. Kieffer compares Obama’s seduction of millennials to Bill Clinton’s seduction of Monica Lewinsky and John F. Kennedy’s seduction of White House press office intern Mimi Alford. While Obama, Clinton, and Kennedy were all con men, Obama was the worst, according to Kieffer, because he preyed on not one individual, but an entire generation, and he did so simply because he could. Kieffer also defines to her audience just who she means by millennials, as she lays the groundwork for the remainder of her book.

In chapters 2-9 of her book Kieffer tackles a variety of areas in which Obama was conned millennials, tackling a different topic in each chapter.

Chapter three addresses healthcare. Obamacare has proved to be a disaster from the start, as many have received cancelation letters from their insurance companies, despite Obama’s promise that, “if you like you healthcare you can keep it, period.” The law has proven to be particularly disastrous for millennials. “Millennials thought they were getting free health-care insurance until they turned twenty six and then affordable insurance for the rest of their life. In reality, they were being asked to overpay (extra-high premiums) for a product (comprehensive coverage) that they did not need so that Obama and his political insiders could profit,” says Kieffer on page 74. Despite the disaster that is Obamacare, Kieffer lays out six ways that millennials can fight it.

In chapter four Kieffer deals specifically with millennials who are attending or did attend college, especially those conned into it by Obama’s smooth speech. “Obama presented taxpayer-subsidized and federally controlled higher education as the one and only route to full success,” says Kieffer on page 96. Many of these millennials have now accrued massive debt and struggled to find work at all, let alone work that will pay off their student loans, or is even if even in their field of study.

In chapter five, Kieffer redefines the term “shacking up”. Kieffer defines shacking up as being forced to moved back into your parents basement, due to student loans, lack of work, or work that doesn’t pay well. This is something many millennials have been forced to do under Obama’s watch. Let me add my personal experience here and say that this millennial has not moved back into her parents basement, but she has never left it. Despite the fact that I work a full-time job, it’s only a minimum wage job, and I’m a junior in college and almost 21. Staying with my parents for a time started out as a choice, but I know that it isn’t really a choice, because a minimum wage job is not designed to support even a single person. Despite what Van Jones will tell you, the minimum wage is not supposed to be a living wage, but I digress.

Kieffer devotes the entirety of chapter seven to the military. While this is not a subject that adheres strictly to millennials, there are many millennials that have served and do serve in the military.  Kieffer tell us three stories about three individuals that portray how Obama has conned even our military. One of Kieffer’s examples is the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but it is important to remember that Kieffer wrote this long before the recent eruption of this controversy in the news. These are just a few of the highlights from Kieffer’s book, but you will have to read it to find out more.

Kieffer’s book is not all doom and gloom. Remember the subtitle: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope. Kieffer assures us that there is hope. Even in this terrible economy, with the odds against them, young people can reach their goals and fulfill their dreams,” says Kieffer on page 279. Not only does Kieffer explain how millennials can still fulfill their dreams, but also how the GOP can win back the millennial vote. This isn’t going to be easy. Kieffer tells us that, “Millennials will pick up the pieces of their shattered dreams and build new career and dreams. It will not be easy. Most young people will need to adjust to work harder and longer than ever,” says Kieffer.

While our future might look bleak, Kieffer reminds us that there is hope; there is great hope, as long as we are willing to work for it. Kieffer’s book is an enjoyable read that offers insightful and innovative solutions. I hope I have whetted your appetite enough to read the entirety of her book. I encourage everyone, not just millennials to read her book. Katie Kieffer is an excellent writer, and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.


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