Government employees are supposed to work for the public-not the other way around. Unfortunately, because of the overwhelming political influence of government unions, public employees have gained an unsustainable level of pay and benefits. Taxpayers will be saddled with higher taxes, depleted services and unconscionable levels of debt. As Greenhut's timely book explains, the public servants have indeed become the public's masters. ----Robert W. Loewen, President of the Lincoln Club of Orange County
Greenhut has performed a great service for ordinary citizens and taxpayers with PLUNDER: How Pubic Employee Unions are Rading Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation. But be forewarned: If you take high blood pressure medicine, better take a double dose before reading this book. It will surely amplify the current distrust and disgust with government today as reflected in the resurgent taxpayer revolt and the Tea Party movement. With clarity and a compelling writing style, he reveals how pubic employees have, indeed, become "America's Protected Class." The good news is that Greenhut gives valuable advice at the end of the book on what we can do to turn the tide on this seemingly unstoppable socialistic encroachment. Frederick Douglas, when asked how to affect change, famously responded "agitate, agitate, agitate." With PLUNDER, Greenhut does more than his share of agitating. Except for government labor bosses and bureaucrats, we will all be better for it. ----Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
The tax-eaters must pin Steve Greenhut's face to their dartboard. His latest blockbuster should end their career of abuse against the taxpayers. Cut government, and free the people. And stop the abuse! ----Llewellyn H. Rockwill Jr., President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Editor of LewRockwell.com
About the Author
Steven Greenhut is a California-based journalist and columnist who recently joined the Pacific Research Institute to head its journalism center in Sacramento. On The Orange County Register's Editorial Board for eleven years, his columns have been printed in newspapers throughout the country. He is author of Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain. He won the Institute for Justice's Thomas Paine Award and is a senior fellow for the Goldwater Institute in Arizona.