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Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 12, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (September 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455522759
  • ASIN: B00E8V218Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senator Rand Paul has represented Kentucky in the United States Senate since winning the seat in 2010. When he's not in session in Washington, D.C., he lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife and three children. Senator Paul is the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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It is very informative.
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Rand gives some great insight into these issues, and offers up many solutions.
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This book will awaken people from their slumber and, I hope, make them fight.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Sido on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received Senator Rand Paul's new book, Government Bullies, yesterday and read the whole thing today while, ironically enough, travelling all day and being greeted by the friendly neighborhood government agents of the TSA, those stalwart folks making travel not at all safer and immeasurably more unpleasant for all Americans. Senator Paul is on the list for potential candidates for President in 2016 if Romney loses in this election and this book is obviously his opening salvo.

First, the negatives. Senator Paul tends to be pretty repetitive in many places. I felt as though I was reading the same thing over and over in places and in a few I am sure I read the same thing more than once. The editing is not great. Most annoying Senator Paul spends a lot of time referencing the various legislation that he has put forth. After all he is a politician and he clearly has aspirations beyond the Senate seat from Kentucky. All in all this is not a great work of literature but it really isn't intended to be.

The gist of Government Bullies is a recounting of a litany of simply outrageous abuses of government power by unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats, many armed to the teeth with guns and all armed with the nearly limitless power to make life miserable for average citizens for any or no reason at all. Each successive event that he records is more egregious than the last. A co-worker travelling with me couldn't even finish one chapter before he became so upset that he had to put the book down.
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Funt on September 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for everyone regardless of party affiliation - or no party affiliation. While Rand Paul will never be confused with the great authors of our time, he makes a compeling case as to how we are gradually losing our freedoms in the good old U.S.A. at the hands of government. He accentuates the Federal regulatory intrusions and jailings. There are also local and state intrusions. In Montgomery County, Maryland (where I live) it is not legal to install or retrofit double key door locks (dead bolt locks that require a key to lock and unlock from the inside as well as the outside.). These are the only secure dead bolts if the door has any windows proximate to the lock, which is now required to operate inside with a hand activated lever type device; a device which is readily accessable by an intruder by simply breaking the window and reaching around to the inside lever device. Now that's freedom. Feel safer yet?
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By DanSmith on September 12, 2012
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This is a must read. Rand lists several examples of how the federal agencies have abused their power and bully ordinary hard working Americans.

The book is broken down into 4 parts.
Part 1: Property Wrongs - EPA bullies
Part 2: The Lacey Act - An Open License for Government Bullying
Part 3: Enemies Foreign and Domestic - The TSA and Bullies Abroad
Part 4: Keeping Us Safe? FDA and USDA Bullies

There is an example of how the EPA locked up a man for years for purchasing an auto dump and trying to clean it up. There is another example of how we locked up a man for years for breaking a Honduran law that even the Honduran government admits was never signed into law. There are examples of ridiculous fines($75,000 per day) imposed on people for moving dirt from one end of there property to another. These are all real examples of abuse by our bureaucratic wing of the government.

Please take the time to read this book. It is an easy read. If the examples of abuse here don't make you angry, then there is seriously something wrong with you. I for one am outraged.

The thing I like best about this book is the fact that not only does Rand write about these issues but also has introduced bills and amendments to help reign in these out of control agencies.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sean on September 12, 2012
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This book is a wake up call to all Americans on our out-of-control, unrestrained government. The book is filled with tragic stories of American citizens who are constantly being abused by their own government. If there is one thing to take away from this book, it's that big government is certainly no friend to liberty. This book proves that when government is allowed to grow large, out-growing the restraints that were originally put in place by our constitution, it does so at the loss of our freedoms. Rand gives some great insight into these issues, and offers up many solutions. We can not continue to allow our selves to be overrun by unelected bureaucrats. Rand has proved himself to be a leading voice in putting an end to this out-of-control government, and is a rising star in the Republican party. He's one of the few who has earned the peoples trust and would be a great potential presidential candidate in the future!
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By History teacher on September 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Although I am not an ardent supporter of Paul, I have found him to be for the American people and what is says is true. regulations are out of control and with each new regulation more of our freedom is stripped away and as such I highly recommend this book.
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