Investigative reporter Randall Fitzgerald has traveled the country meeting ordinary, innocent Americans with horrifying stories of how they have lost their homes, land, businesses, bank accounts, cars, and other assets to federal, state, and local government.
Thanks to out-of-control regulations, property can be seized, impounded, and sold without recompense to the rightful and innocent owner. And as Randall Fitzgerald points out, it could happen to you.
This shocking book reveals:
-How developer Donald Trump used a state agency to try to confiscate a widow's home whose land he coveted for a casino parking lot
-How a family in New York was unable to move into their newly bought house because of a change in the state housing laws, costing them an eight-year battle and $700,000
-How the FDA shut down a Maine fish business because its processing methods were allegedly a life-threatening health hazard-but allowed Canadian firms to sell fish in the United States processed exactly the same way
-How a Utah cattle rancher was threatened with fines after wild birds found nesting on his ranch were thought to be eating an endangered species of snail
-Why few victims contest their treatment (and it's not because they're guilty)
-Proof that enforcement quotas-and fundraising incentives-lead to unjustified property seizures
-How corporate America cuts itself in on the racket
-How to fight back effectively if you or someone you know becomes ensnared in the regulatory spider web
Randall Fitzgerald chronicles a clear and disturbing pattern of government abuse that has gone woefully unchallenged. Mugged by the State is a warning, a call to arms, and a practical manual of self-defense.
Randall Fitzgerald was a Reader's Digest contributing editor for twenty years and is now a full-time freelance writer. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Capitol Hill News, the Houston Post, and other publications.
My sister and I were victims of same kind of illegal conversion our coin collection with no justification except police saw us as cash cows with no one to fight for us. Read morePublished 3 days ago by lorraine m miller
The book presents what appears to be true stories. I have not verified them.
I wasn't aware of how some government employees are ruthless and uncaring of what happens to... Read more
The author apparently wrote for Readers Digest, and that is exactly what this book reads like. Page after page of anecdote, with no foot notes, no case history or titles but lots... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by DuctTape
Out of control lawmakers and bureaucrats have created a minefield of rules and regulations which are destroying our ability to create jobs, cost Americans millions annually and... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by The Poor Man
The stories in this book are certainly interesting, and account for both stars. But the spin on them is overkill, and the argument behind them -- that we're over-regulated and... Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by K. OBRIEN
This lady obviously cannot see the proverbial "forest...." She clearly misses that the laws she cites are where the muggings begin. Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by J. Frechen
This is my third book on how the governement wants to take things from the little people if you are not an elitist with large capital and tax generated revenue to throw their way... Read morePublished on May 3, 2005 by L. Stone