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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marsden House Publishers (June 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615373682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615373683
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...we're going to hawk this book, folks.  We're going to hawk this book until every American has read it." --Lou Dobbs

"... will be a difference maker in the recovery of our nation." --Chris Sullivan, Founder, Outback Steakhouse

"His book will inspire you to become an advocate of our free enterprise system." - Bob Martinez, Former Governor, Florida

"...has taken on the task to "get out the word and sound the alarm" on this critical issue for all Americans...and our children and grandchildren." --Richard C. Elias, Chief Executive Officer, Transitions Optical, Inc. 

"... well researched, relevant to today's current events, timely, and the basis of a story that must be told." --Ron K. Bailey, Former President, Strayer University

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I rate this as a must read for ALL Americans.
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This book has lots of terrific information and is well written in an informative unbiased manner.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William D. Telfair on July 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
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By William D. Telfair
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
U. S. Army

I have read two really frightening books in my life.
The first was the fictional novel On the Beach, by Nevil Shute. For those who are not familiar with that book, it was a chilling description of the end of the human race and all other advanced forms of life on earth, due to radiation resulting from a nuclear war. Nevil Shute wrote the novel as a warning concerning the likely aftermath of a global nuclear conflict. It was presented as a probable result of nuclear proliferation. Although some of his calculations were not sound, the general tone of the book was such that it was a major force in the subsequent world call for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Even today, more than sixty years after its publication, On the Beach remains a frightening prospect of what we may face as more and more rogue nations achieve nuclear weapon capabilities.

The other really frightening book is UNSUSTAINABLE, by James A. MacDougald. Unlike On the Beach, UNSUSTAINABLE is not a work of fiction nor does it deal in probabilities; it is completely factual and it deals in certainties. Also, unlike in On the Beach, the calculations in UNSUSTAINABLE are depressingly sound.

MacDougald goes into great detail concerning the real hidden debt of our local, county, state and national governments. He does not pull any punches, and holds both major parties accountable for leading our country to the brink of ruin. His numbers are accurate, and staggering. He points out in ways no one can deny or ignore, that our nation is facing bankruptcy - much the same as Greece is facing today, unless we take immediate and drastic action to save the private sector economy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tobacco Road Capitalist on July 2, 2010
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America is under attack. But, I'm not speaking of the Islamists and other external forces who want to see an end to our western ways and capitalist system. We're under attack from within and the means and methods of the war will surprise you...maybe even infuriate you.

Jim MacDougald has just written a terrific book for anyone who wants to fully comprehend the massive "bait and switch" the public sector has been pulling on the private sector over the past decade. While we (private sector employees and employers) worked harder and longer, paid more in taxes and saw our retirement savings funds whittled, the public sector employees (federal, state & municipal) saw increases in salaries, medical benefits, retirement program and pension plans. Is it any wonder that during the past decade the private sector lost three million jobs while the public sector increased its employees by two million? It all sounds lovely. The government created lots of steady jobs with outstanding benefits. What's to complain about? Well, the complaint is that this massive shift of jobs from the private sector to the public sector is simply not sustainable. Aptly, the name of MacDougald's immensely eye-opening book is Unsustainable.

In the book, the author provides massive detail, thanks to a team of researchers who has been collecting and analyzing this pay disparity data for a couple of years. I warn you, some of the public pay shenanigans; especially the "triple dipping" and "end of career spiking," will get your blood pressure up. Whatever you do, don't read this book after reviewing your latest retirement savings statements. At the crux of MacDougald's thesis is simple mathematics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine Hascall on June 24, 2010
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Everyone should read this eye-opening view of what is happening in America. Extremely well researched. It is obvious that Mr. MacDougald is passionate about "making a difference". Facinating read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Franzblau on June 24, 2010
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Thank you Jim MacDougald for pulling together this encylopedic review of the public sector's massive finanical excesses. Ever since Ross Perot put the charts and graphs up on prime time television during his presidential campaign many years ago, I've been wondering when someone would show us what's really happening to the "harvest" of our ever-increasing tax burden. If there is anything I'd like my children to graduate high-school with, it's an understanding of how not to be hoodwinked into assuming that our government officials and public servants are being good stewards of our public financial resources.

Jim, when are you going to make this information "kid friendly" so we can get it into the schools and universities?

Keep up the great work!! Our grandchildren will be forever grateful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Clark on June 25, 2010
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It's a very scary world we live in...after reading UNSUSTAINABLE, I realize that I will NEVER collect Social Security even though I pay into it each and every pay period...Why am I contributing to something I will never have? It is not my responsibility or anyone else's to "fix" and pay for the mistakes made by our government. The PUBLIC sector is reaping all the benefits..while those of us in the PRIVATE sector are enabling those to do so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Knipe on June 24, 2010
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An incredibly well researched and eye opening view of the current status of the American government's spending. Unsustainable accurately reviews the history of government spending, pensions, free enterprise and entitlements and suggest solutions to get America back on track. A must read for anyone interested in the potential dangers and consequences of runaway government deficit spending and interference into Capital markets.
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Jim MacDougald is a person who has lived the American Dream. An "army brat", he was raised living on or near Army posts in an environment far-removed from entrepreneurism and business. With the strong encouragement of his mother (who worked in Civil Service), and his father, he entered the business world after college. He worked in the pension and group health insurance field before leaving to start his own company with his wife as his partner, working from their home. The company ultimately grew enough to go public, and employed more than 1500 people in 7 states when it was acquired by another public company in 1999.
Jim used his knowledge of pensions and health insurance to look into the practices of the public sector, and was shocked to find that none of the disclosure and reporting rules that are legally-mandated to all private sector companies, applies to the public sector. The massive research undertaken by 10 researchers was so far-reaching and shocking that MacDougald compiled it in his book, "Unsustainable". The book was provided to every Congressman, Senator, Governor, major talk-show host, and economics writer and has shaped the national dialogue on public sector pay and benefits disparity, underfunded public sector pensions, and abuses of taxpayer dollars. It achieved Amazon "best seller" status within weeks of its publication, and the term "unsustainable" has entered everyday usage by the press and political pundits.