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Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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The mainstream media is not interested in exposing the powerful machinations of public sector unions and social service advocacy groups, and their increasingly strong grip on politics. Why? For that you have to turn to writers like Steve Malanga and books like Shakedown. (Andrew Breitbart)
In his latest effort, Malanga (The New New Left) argues that the U.S. government's expansion into previously unprecedented realms, from managing mortgage programs to expanding welfare, has increased personal taxes and stifled business growth. While president Obama entered office on a promise of change, in Malanga's view, he is the perfect poster child for this new political climate―a community organizer whose work was heavily funded by taxpayer dollars and pork barrel projects. Malanga, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, argues that America has lost the work ethic and discipline that once made it great and replaced those traits with an entitlement complex that will beggar the nation. Of great concern to the author is the lobbying muscle of public sector unions and the mishandling of welfare programs, and he heaps praise on former president George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani for their efforts in addressing those issues. Malanga is a compelling narrator with a command of statistics. (Publishers Weekly)
This book details the crisis as it grew out of control. The clout of the unions is also displayed as a settlement with one municipality soon becomes the blueprint for many others. To add insult to injury, the unions are big political donors. So you can see that the taxpayer is often at a disadvantage. Who do you think the politician will listen to, the group cutting checks or the voting public who may or may not vote for that person? This book looks at the growth of government as a big reason for this happening. The more people on the public rolls, the more union employees there are. Often the promises made in unionizing segments of the government end up being baseless. Again, the taxpayer is out in the cold. And the growth of government is likewise a huge issue addressed in this book. More and more services are co-opted by governments allegedly for savings and quality. Often the costs balloon - and the quality often goes down. Just remember this: Barack Obama got his start in community organizing by fighting city hall to get toilets fixed in the Chicago Projects! This book is an eye-opener for the American taxpayer not only of the skyrocketing pay and benefits of the public sector unions, but the ever far-reaching encroachment of the government into our lives. (Book Ideas)
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Does that sound right to you? That high-school teachers should be making $100,000 per year, while their students just get worse and worse test scores?
Things you probably didn't know: California Governor Schwarzenegger was planning substantial layoffs to try balancing the budget, right up to the moment when he got a call from President Obama, who read him the riot act. (It is especially amazing that someone from SEIU sat in on the conference call.) Said Mr. Hope-and-Change himself, "If you lay those people off, you are going to LOSE hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money. Have you got that straight, buddy?"
These forces are especially lethal on the local level, where they tend to overwhelm the local officials with their massive funding, organized on the state and federal levels.
This is, truly, gangster government, and our job is to get rid of it. I can think of a couple of steps: (1) ban public employee unions, completely (2) ban sending federal monies back to state or local governments.
But whatever happens will require us to begin paying serious attention to politics. I suspect that we let things drift because life was OK, but now we have Obama in the White House and we're bankrupt. It's time for Rip Van Winkle to wake up!
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The book chronicles the activities of the radical social-activists; union organizers; and sympathetic, naïve, and/or corrupt politicians who instigated and brought about the decline of the United States. It was essentially an effort by community organizers, activist thugs and union organizers to gain sway over local, state, and federal governments --- and ultimately over the American people (i.e., the taxpayers). The results are many.Read more ›
If you are a die-hard union supporter you won't enjoy this book. If you think that government is the answer to all of our problems you won't enjoy this book. If you think government run welfare is good for the nation you won't enjoy this book. Finally, if you think we are all entitled to government handouts you won't enjoy this book. All others should like reading what Steven Malanga has presented here. Books like this should be required reading for everyone in government and at all levels of government.
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There was a time when states like California and New Jersey were fiscally sound and economic dynamos. So was the US, for that matter. So what happened? Read morePublished 12 months ago by GIDMEISTER
a must read for all taxpayers. This book explains why your taxes will continue to go up, up and up.Published on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I go to the website frequently. But the book just wasn't that good. There was a lot of repeating and it seemed written by someone without much writing experience. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Dr Drizzay