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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567512380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567512380
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,839,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brouwer (Sharing the Pie) calls George W. and Jeb Bush "the great-grandchildren of the Robber Barons," and not just for the family's purported personal forays into ethically ambiguous finance. Brouwer carefully documents the Bush administration's support for capital investment at the expense of labor, while observing that the blame can't be narrowly placed. Corporations' lobbyists have set up the terms of the debate and taken advantage of it, Brouer says, and the Democrats have taken their fill from the trough as well. Brouwer traces the effects of Bush's tax cuts and "labor discipline" on the American working class and warns that the administration's eyes have already turned to the rest of the world's riches.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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This book covers a number of topics.
Paul Lappen
The data presented is interesting, but is often overly simplified, and as a result I was sometimes wondering whether numbers had been convienently left out.
Adam S. Leader Smith
One of the most important books that every American should read before the election.
Matthew Vaughan

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Vaughan on September 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't pay much attention to titles (which I consider part of the exaggerated PR to get a book sold), but the frequent references from early in the text to the "Bush Gang" as not only descendants of the "Robber Barons", but in many ways worse than them, at first almost put me off. How biased was this book going to be, exactly? I was looking for hard evidence, not unsubstantiated claims or whining.

Well hard evidence I got, in abundance. The author clearly knows his stuff, on a wide range of topics. None if this is really a surprise, much of it I already knew or suspected, and some of it I'd learned years ago and forgotten about until now, but Brouwer puts together probably the most devastating critique of Bush and those that surround him thus far put on paper -- precisely because it primarily lays out facts and history, harshly exposing many of Bush's policies and public statements to the scrutiny of reality in the form of history, the government's own numbers and the public opinions of dozens of experts.

It also draws together the motivations behind both domestic and foreign policy in such a way that it all comes into sharp releif, finally all making perverted sense. An American foreign policy that seeks to destabilize democratic governments to be replaced by autocratic regimes (which we have demonstratively done multiple times and are still trying to get away with) makes no sense, until it is viewed through the lens of NOT CARING about long-term destabilization, fairness to the people of that country, or promoting any sort of ideal of democracy or civil rights.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lappen VINE VOICE on August 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book looks at the myriad of ways that average and lower-income Americans have been systematically robbed of their monetary wealth through deliberate government policy. That wealth has been given to the top 1 percent of the people, in terms of income, by a group of elites and super-rich that the author calls the Bush Gang. The Bush family has been at, or near, the seat of American power for 16 of the last 24 years.

To give one example, from 1982 to 2002, the number of Americans without health care jumped from 25 million to 43 million, a rise of more than 50 percent. In that same period, the number of American billionaires rose from 13 to 229.

The Bush Gang's plan looks something like this: Give tax relief to corporations and the very rich. Build up the military with big increases in defense spending. Be very aggressive in international relations. Deregulate business as much as possible. Overlook the criminal actions of those businessmen who support this agenda. Ignore the real possibility of large deficits. Also, attack labor and working Americans as much as possible.

This book covers a number of topics. The Bush remedy for a sick economy is CEOs who will drive up a company's stock price by laying off thousands of workers. There has been a systematic plan to keep wages low for most Americans in order to transfer wealth to the richest. The famous Skull and Bones club at Yale was originally endowed in the 1830s by the Russell Trust. It was connected to a company that, at the time, was the premier American smuggler of opium. The media, especially Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, can be counted on to keep up the fear level. One of the justifications for tax cuts is that the money will be used for new investment. Has that happened over the last 25 years?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adam S. Leader Smith on May 12, 2004
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The title, as is all too common in such forthrightly biased (though not necessarily incorrect in its assertions) political texts, is highly inflammatory and doesn't tell you much beyond the obvious--that quite a lot of a Bush bashing is contained within.
Thus, upon starting the book, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of listing all the old, well-worn arguments presented in the more moderate liberal bestsellers, "Robbing Us Blind" focuses on one topic, the continuing economic (and as a result political) gap between the megarich and the rest of us. The book is written very clearly, and employs many sources and statistics. The data presented is interesting, but is often overly simplified, and as a result I was sometimes wondering whether numbers had been convienently left out.
Regardless, as a whole, the book is very persuasive in its case, and goes a fairly satisfying way towards suggesting possible changes. Though I'm sure most conservatives would find some way or other to unfairly dismiss or bash the book, it is recommended reading for liberals interested in learning about the many problems with America's economic situation.
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