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Well Done and Balanced Treatment of our Mooching Culture,
This review is from: A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing (Hardcover)
When I picked up this book I was afraid it was going to be a tirade against what we traditionally think of as the welfare state - aid to the poor. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Sykes's book. Yes, he does address the traditional welfare underclass in the first part of the book, but the vast majority of the book and its major argument is that a mooching culture is becoming entrenched in every economic class. He seems particularly upset with the mooching of corporations and the middle and upper classes.
The front jacket contains this description: "Sykes's argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but distinguishes between definable needs and the moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after entitlements, tax breaks, benefits, bailouts, and other forms of feeding at the public trough. Persuasively argued and wryly entertaining, 'A Nation of Moochers' is a rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don't."
In many ways this is a very disturbing book. Yes, I was basically aware that some of this was going on but I really had no idea to what extent. The examples and trends described in this book are enough to make anyone reel, from progressives to conservatives to libertarians. It made me sick reading it.
This is a quick and easy read but delivers a punch to the stomach if you care about responsibility and justice. I don't see how anyone from any political persuasion can support this nonsense.
This book is 270 pages of text but it reads quickly and easily. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2012 4:45:24 PM PST
P. D. Grove says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2012 4:52:04 AM PST
BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS says:
" Nowhere in the New Testament or the other books of the Bible do Jesus Christ, His apostles, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, Moses or the Hebrew prophets command the government to take money from its citizens and transfer it to poor people.
In fact, the Bible says just the opposite.
God presents us with three general ways in the Bible to take care of the poor and needy: 1) through the family; 2) through the church; and 3) through individual charity. The applicable passages for these three ways are Deuteronomy 14:28, 29, Numbers 18:24, Matthew 6:1-4 and 1 Timothy 5:3-16.
People's first obligation is to the needy, poor, widowed and orphaned in their own families. Only after they do this do they have any obligation to help the needy, poor, widowed and orphaned through their local church organization. God established the pattern for this kind of church giving in Numbers 18:24 and Deuteronomy 14:28, 29. As David Chilton points out in his great book "Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators," the bulk of Christian giving to the local church should be geared toward financing professional theologians, experts in biblical law and church discipline, teachers of God's word and leaders skilled in worship. It was only every third year that all the giving was set aside to help the needy, poor, widowed and orphaned. Even then, the money was not given just to anyone who showed up. Those able to work but don't do not qualify for help. Also, those who have families to take care of them don't qualify, nor do widows under age 60 qualify, according to the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 5:3-16."
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 10:49:27 AM PST
Common Sense says:
Christians are supposed to help the poor. They are not required to do so with their tax dollars. If you want to squander money, give it to the government. Since the "Great Society", $11 trillion has been spent to eliminate poverty and we have more poor today than ever before. The government seeks to enslave the poor, addicting them as they walk to their mailboxes around the first of each month.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2012 1:11:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2012 1:13:06 PM PST
Buxus and CommonSense have already thoroughly rebutted your sophomoric comment.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 1:00:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2012 1:03:36 AM PST
A Realist says:
P.D Grove Are you a Moocher? Thought so, otherwise you would not use the „Christian card" to justify giving money to the "poor" - like yourself. Remember the Pope wears Prada and Armani and on and on.... However, the only real hypocrite here - is you!
Posted on Jun 6, 2012 3:32:10 PM PDT
Steve Welborn says:
Contrary to the liberal objections, read page 542, the author explains this book very well, and there is no bias detected. He is right on and accurate. This is so factual it hurts very much to realize just how screwed up our liberal government actually is. I am mad at Republicans too. They should have stopped this 50 years ago!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 4:25:49 PM PDT
BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS says:
Mr. Welborn ~ You ought to read DEBT BOMB by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).
He takes on both sides of the aisle about this horrendous debt problem.
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