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How Social Security Picks Your Pocket: A Story of Waste, Fraud, and Inequities Paperback – December 3, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing; illustrated edition edition (December 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875862489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875862484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,919,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... an excellent examination of our government Social Security program and why it must be changed ..." -- Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University, and frequent guest host of Rush Limbaugh radio show

"Fried's book is chock full of examples that both anger and entertain. It is also meticulously researched.... Buy the book!" -- David Hogberg, The American Spectator, April 15, 2005

"I did not think it possible that ... the story of Social Security could be as entertaining as a mystery novel." -- Jameson Campaigne, Jr., Secretary, American Conservative Union

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If you're not mad yet, you will be. Opinionated and well-documented, the book goes beyond discussions of the pending insolvency of Social Security to illustrate numerous distortions in the way Social Security distributions are made, often to the benefit of those who need it least.

Fried, a CPA and an MBA, illustrates his points with easy-to-follow scenarios, and offers prescriptions to make the system more equitable.

By now, most people realize that Social Security is no bargain, but few are aware of the staggering waste and inequities built into the system. This easy-to-read book expands the Social Security debate to the areas of disability abuse, fraud, and inequitable benefit shifting.

Includes references, index, and questions readers might like to ask of their elected representatives. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By d douglas on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author did a good job of showing why we need to update Social Security. Benefits are transferred illogically. Why give extra benefits to rich people at the expense of middle class workers? Also, the stuff about the Texas teacher scandal is infuriating. This rip off should be stopped!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was able to follow most of this book without too much trouble. The author has done a good job of quantifying the waste in SS. It's worth the read.
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By LARRY on September 25, 2013
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Filled with charts and statistics and is more of a textbook style than reading for info and or pleasure. Bought used for one penny and I found it to be a waste of my time and money.
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Format: Paperback
This book made me think a lot about how the Social Security program is run. There are many good recommendations in this book - worthy of serious consideration.
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