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Free Lunch How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill)

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ISBN-10: 1591841917

ISBN-13: 9781591841913

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Cay Johnston

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The bestselling author of Perfectly Legalreturns with a powerful new expos How does a strong and growing economy lend itself to job uncertainty, debt, bankruptcy, and economic fear for a vast number of Americans? Free Lunchprovides answers to this great economic mystery of our time, revealing how todays government policies and spending reach deep into the wallets of the many for the benefit of the wealthy few. Johnston cuts through the official version of events and shows how, under the guise of deregulation, a whole new set of regulations quietly went into effectregulations that thwart competition, depress wages, and reward misconduct. From how George W. Bush got rich off a tax increase to a $100 million taxpayer gift to Warren Buffett, Johnston puts a face on all of the dirty little tricks that business and government pull. A lot of people appear to be getting free lunchesbut of course theres no such thing as a free lunch, and someone (you, the taxpayer) is picking up the bill. Johnstons many revelations include: How we ended up with the most expensive yet inefficient health-care system in the world How homeowners title insurance became a costly, deceitful, yet almost invisible oligopoly How our government gives hidden subsidies for posh golf courses How Paris Hiltons grandfather schemed to retake the family fortune from a charity for poor children How the Yankees and Mets owners will collect more than $1.3 billion in public funds In these instances and many more, Free Lunchshows how the lobbyists and lawyers representing the most powerful 0.1 percent of Americans manipulated our government at the expense of the other 99.9 percent. With his extraordinary reporting, vivid stories, and sharp analysis, Johnston reveals the forces that shape our everyday economic livesand shows us how we can finally make things better.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Preface
Without Even Asking
Mr. Reagan's Question
Trust and Consequences
Chinese Magnetism
Seizing the Commons
Pride and Profits
Your Land is My Land
Bounty Hunters
Goin' Fishin'
Just Say No
Beauty and the Bounty
False Alarm
Home Robbery
Indentured Scholars
Selling the Furniture
Suffer the Little Children
Trojan Horse
Sightless Sheriffs
Paying Twice
Rising Snow
Unhealthy Economics
Less for More
Hooked on Drugs
"I'm Being Trapped"
None Dare Call It Stealing
Not Since Hoover
Conclusion: What to Do?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index