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Thursday, March 01, 2007


Llumina Press
PO Box 772246
Coral Springs, FL
Genre: Non-Fiction/Opinion/Politics
Rating: Highly Recommended
ISBN: 9781595266774, $9.95, 96 pp.

In this compact little book Thomas J. Roatch addresses many of the problems we face in America today–eleven to be exact: automotive/energy, health, politics, air travel, the internet, borders, drugs and crime, space, Iraq and Afghanistan, racism and gender ignorance, and education.

He presents these problems in a precise, clear manner and adds documentation to inform and support his position. On the back cover it states: "Tom claims he wrote The American Problem ‘because I was raised never to complain about anything unless you had a solution for that problem.’" The problems may seem overwhelming to the average American, and they are indeed complex.

This little book, however, does not tell us "how to solve the problems" in the matrix in which they exist. Tom has his opinions, as we all do, but his little book may be one of many to be written to help us clarify the issues and inspire ‘the people’ to find the strength to stand up and say, "Enough is enough", particularly in regard to our energy problems. When the people have had enough, they will stand up, as they did in the Soviet Union.

Of particular interest are the facts presented about our energy problems and how our leaders have neglected to deal with them because as JP Morgan said to Nikola Tesla in 1905, "If anyone can draw on the power, where do we put the meter?" And, are you aware that the ‘country’ of Brazil does not use gasoline; they use ethanol made from sugar. Realistic solutions are out there to solve our energy problems, but it’s difficult to get around the greed of the automotive and energy monopolies.

Thomas J. Roatch has cared enough about our problems to write this book. If I were to make a constructive criticism, it would be that he has not provided us with a constructive means to unite the people to bring about the needed changes.

I highly recommend this book as an informative delineation of America’s problems and for the price of $9.95, it is well worth the price.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - March 1, 2007


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