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Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry [Kindle Edition]

Dylan Ratigan
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The host of the eponymous MSNBC show, Dylan Ratigan offers a bold and original post-partisan program to resuscitate the American Dream.

At a time of deep concern with the state of America’s economy and government, it seems that all the media can give us is talking (or screaming) heads who revel in partisan brinkmanship. Then there’s Dylan Ratigan—an award-winning journalist respected and admired across the political spectrum. In Greedy Bastards, he rips the lid off of our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

Employing the nuanced reporting and critical analysis that have earned him so much respect, Ratigan describes the five “vampires” that are sucking the nation dry, including an educational system that values mediocrity above all else; a healthcare system that is among the priciest and least-effective infrastructures in the industrialized world; a political system in which lobbyists write legislation; a “master-slave” relationship with our Chinese bankers; and an addiction to foreign oil that has sapped our willingness to innovate. In offering solutions to these formidable and entrenched obstacles, he does nothing less than lay the groundwork for a political movement dedicated to tackling the rot at the heart of the country.

In its desperation, America needs more than just endless stock tips and Wall Street navel-gazing. It needs passionate debate and smart policy—and a hero to take on the establishment. Dylan Ratigan is that hero, and this is the book that will rally people behind him.


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“This book might be the smelling salts that wake up America.”—Alan Grayson

“Greedy Bastards is superb. Dylan’s policy recommendations track with what the Committee for Economic Development has been saying on: health care, the federal deficit, corporate governance, education, a consumption tax, and campaign finance reform. His explanations are clear, and he nails health care with his criticism of the fee-for-service model. Greedy Bastards deserves wide readership!”—Charles Kolb, President of the Committee on Economic Development

“Some books explain a problem, this book gives you an entire world view. Greedy Bastards, puts everything in context and makes the enormity and entirety of our crises understandable. Dylan, as always, is incisive, sharp and pointed.” —Eliot Spitzer

“Greedy Bastards is a fantastic book! It has the perfect tone and is completely convincing.” —Lawrence Lessig, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

“Exiles on Wall Street like us have a platform and a responsibility to speak out. Dylan's book shows that our problems don't stem from too much capitalism but not enough of it relative to our jerry-rigged system" —Mike Mayo, financial analyst and author of Exile on Wall Street

“Very sharp, funny, and splendidly written, Dylan Ratigan's new book is perfect for Americans disgusted with both our political parties who are trying to understand the roots of our broken economy and political system.” — Thomas Ferguson, University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Roosevelt Institute and author of Golden Rule

"Readers will find a great deal to ponder, as Ratigan covers why and how he's certain the USA is 'going seriously wrong.'"—USA Today

“Ratigan delivers an energetic, powerful, and at times unsettling portrait of America in crisis … And even though his portrait of the U.S. is bleak, he believes we have options.”—Publishers Weekly

Greedy Bastards helps us better understand why we suffer recurrent, intensifying financial crises. First, cheating has become the dominant strategy in finance. Second, cheating is dominant because finance CEOs create such intensely perverse incentives that fraud becomes endemic.”— Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One and associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

About the Author

Dylan Ratigan is the host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, one of the highest-rated, daytime shows on the network.  This make-versus-take, analysis-driven daily broadcast fearlessly takes on the world of politics, money, and the unholy alliance between big business and government.

The former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg News, Ratigan has developed and launched more than half a dozen broadcast and new media properties.  They include CNBC’s Fast Money and Closing Bell, as well as DylanRatigan.com, which is home to his podcast, “Greedy Bastards Antidote.”

Ratigan left as host of Fast Money in 2009, provoked by outrage over the government’s handling of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, he has dedicated his work to launching platforms that engage and debate the U.S. government on policy, while opening the door for millions to learn more about money’s often poisonous role in our democracy.  His first book, Greedy Bastards, which will be released on January 10, 2012, details this broken system, and more importantly, illustrates how fixing these problems will release a renaissance of growth and innovation.

Since late September 2011, more than 300,000 people have pledged support, millions of dollars have been raised, and an organization with a staff of a dozen people has been formed under Ratigan’s leadership to pursue the singular objective to pass a 28th Constitutional amendment to separate business and state.

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257 of 265 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review from someone who actually read the book January 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just got the kindle version of this book and read it today. Overall, I thought it was well thought out, clearly displaying the current issues the country faces, providing examples, and offering solutions. I will give you some highlights:

Chapter 2: The Bailout- If you've followed coverage on the bailout, you know what happened- the Federal Reserve essentially handed taxpayer money over to the big banks, no questions asked, in order to bail them out of their bad investments (The Big Short and It Takes a Pillage are two great books that will provide more detail if you're insterested). The solution that Dylan offers here is to institute CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS. He sees this as the only way to ensure that the banks will use their own money for their schemes, rather than depend on the Fed to come along and bail them out with taxpayer money.

Chapter 3: Outsourcing: In an effort to attract foreign investors, China has devalued its own currency and made cheap labor available to US corporations. American corporations (Wal-mart is a big one) have set up shop in China, taken advantage of cheap labor, and shipped their products back to the U.S. (thanks to import taxes of 2.5% in the U.S., this is feasible. The goods don't stay in China, because the tax on U.S. goods there is 25%). Congress enacts trade laws that favor corporations (low import tariffs) rather than protect the American workforce.

Chapter 4: High Healthcare Costs: the U.S. has one of the highest healthcare costs and a lower life expectancy than other countries. The massive amounts we spend in healthcare detract from other important areas like education. We focus on illness, not prevention, not health.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive coverage of our current crises January 14, 2012
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As fans of Dylan's daily TV show will know, he's passionate about the five pillars of failure in the US: energy policy, healthcare, banking, defense, the extraction of money from the US and the bought politicians who enable the entire circus to continue. Between his campaign to Get Money Out of politics, his daily tirade against the draining of this country's resources, and this roadmap to fixing the problems, there is hardly anyone else in the media spotlight who works as tirelessly in propagating the message to people to do something.

Given the gravity of the subject, you'd expect this to read like a sermon whereas the style is far more like a Rolling Stone magazine piece. There's good use of supporting statistics and evidence (without getting too dry), some interesting synonyms and diagrams and most importantly each chapter ends with recommendations about what can be done to fix these massive problems.

Overall, this is a first-class book that should be at the top of reading list for Americans in 2012. My only caveat is that I wish I'd bought the hardback rather than the Kindle version, since the diagrams can be hard to see fully on screen compared with the print version.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money and Politics just don't mix! January 13, 2012
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If you've been following Dylan Ratigan's journalism recently you know he is on a crusade to separate money and politics.

This book is the most cogent argument he has come up with yet, detailing how special interests own every aspect of our government. His analysis is so spot on that I can't even think of how someone against getting money out of politics would argue against it.

Not only does Dylan explain what the problems facing American society are, he comes offers explanations of how these problems can be fixed along with explanations of how his plans would work. Of course, as long as our politicians are bought by "corporate vampires," as he calls them, things will never change.

The right has done a great job convincing people that government is evil and government is the problem not the solution, but Dylan fights back hard proving that simply turning over complex societal problems to businesspeople who are out only to make money for themselves and their investors is a truly bad idea.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Economic activity versus quality growth January 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Ratigan addresses the nature of the economic growth our country is experiencing. He points to the drop in social mobility in the U.S. as an important indicator. He says we have an illusion of growth from broad financial indicators such as GDP. GDP numbers don't tell anything about current investments in education, for example.

The book discusses "misaligned interests" that create waste in the greater economic system. I'm not sure I agree with all the points of this book, but I appreciate its systems approach in evaluating the economy.

I think we should give Ratigan credit for efforts to bring issues in the financial system into the public debate. No politician seems able to do this without a lot of rhetoric and risk to their own careers. Some of these are hot button issues that raise emotions when discussed.

Because the book examines the heart of our financial system in a very critical way, I advise caution for sensitive readers.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Populist Manifesto? January 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Not being a TV watcher, I didn't know anything about Dylan Ratigan when I started this book. After reading awhile, it seemed appropriate to check the reviews here and see if there was a debunker backlash. What Ratigan was saying seemed logical to me, not to mention "preaching to the choir," but still, in fairness, is he being tabloid in his caricaturing and catastrophism?

Maybe it's early, but we're not getting much objection from the advocates of the 1% here. Ratigan has the ability to simplify the seeming chaos of the current economic picture, with skill and no-nonsense. Although offensive, the title magnetizes, and let's face it: we've all said it, under our breath at least. So while some who SHOULD read it, will never pick it up based on the title, the book will gain much more attention than it loses by the former.

Even smart people have trouble following the machinations of the economic drama unfolding around us. Usually described in intricate terminology worthy of a legal text, explanations abound, but are mind-boggling at best, and boring at worst. Ratigan helps us here by creating a quick and engaging (albeit depressing) way to understand what so many banksters and other corporate plutocrats would vastly prefer to hide.

One would hope that GB becomes a populist manifesto for the times. Polarizing it is, and as Martha would say, it's "A Good Thing."
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Published 6 hours ago by Anthony Croonenberghs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent price and service.
Published 20 days ago by Barry Salay
5.0 out of 5 stars +American Seance
I really like this book because it exposes how the rich elite take advantage of all of us. The problems and solutions are pretty simple and you don't have to be jealous zealot to... Read more
Published 25 days ago by katheryn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All
Dylan Ratigan has put the crosshairs on the corporate takeover of the American political system. The Congress, and the whole Washington crowd are bought and paid for. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lance Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars right on the money
excellent work mr. ratigan! You hit the mark right on the money. Too bad this isn't required reading for every elected government official.
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile and Insightful at the same time
You can easily see why Dylan Ratigan lost his TV show with MSNBC. Rants like a juvenile calling the inverted greedy bloodsucking vampires and such. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PDA
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, to the point.
If you are looking for a book that is to the point, this is it! Fast read. I so appreciate Dylan Ratigan's honesty in telling it like is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Dylan
Dylan has told it as it is, corruption, payoffs, kickbacks and more, follow Dylan's website created after he left MSNBC. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sharon wickwar
5.0 out of 5 stars Greedy Bastards - its time realize whats happened and what to do about...
Excellent info, I think every American should read this. Maybe make a movie of this and show America what is going on and what to do about it.
Published 5 months ago by Kathy Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well written and researched.
I love Dylan Ratigan and miss him on MSNBC. Really well written and researched. He needs to be on TV every single day as he was when he had his own show. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Devlin
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