Thursday, June 15, 2006

Blackwell's free-market ideas aren't worth much on the free market

Three months ago, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell published a book titled Rebuilding America which he co-authored with "Unfit for Command" Swift Boat author, Jerome Corsi, Ph.D.

Here's the marketed description of the book:

After four decades of failure of the welfare state, Blackwell and Corsi argue for its phase-out through applying new techniques of public finance—not dependent upon new taxes—to enlist financial institutions in deploying new urban capital into rebuilding our cities. The goal is to work with established and newly formed corporations that integrate jobs and re-training programs to advance an "ownership society" in which families can thrive.

Rebuilding America is meant to be a blueprint for John Kenneth Blackwell's campaign for governor of Ohio. In it, he argues that as governor of Ohio he can implement the action plan described in the book as an alternative, conservative model for attacking urban poverty that can be applied in other states as well.

So how is the book doing? Despite being heavily promoted on Blackwell's blog and in Blackwell's appearances on national conservative talk radio, not so well. It ranks at #263,298 on Barnes & Noble's site which curiously has a cover that does not plaster Ken Blackwell's photo on the cover. On average, the major online book retailers have already slashed the book's price by nearly 40%.

This conservative clearinghouse site is offering the book at half-price and three free issues of WND's (World Net Daily's) monthly print magazine, Whistleblower, if you buy Blackwell's discount rack political treatise.

And on that free-market nirvana, e-bay, you could buy the book for $2.50, if you don't later get outbid in the next two days.

So not even the free market supports Ken Blackwell's extreme, out-of-touch political ideas . . .

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