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Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) Hardcover – December 27, 2007
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Johnston, a New York Times investigative reporter, has spent his 40-year career exposing collusion between government officials and private sector entities as they enrich the rich and ignore consequences for middle-class laborers and the poor. In Perfectly Legal, he focused on hidden inequities in the tax system. This volume is a broader examination of collusion and unfairness, ranging from subsidies for professional sports stadiums to secret payouts to multinational corporate chief executives. At the base of Johnston's journalistic indictment are the highly paid lobbyists working Congress, state legislatures, county commissions, city councils and government regulatory agencies. Johnston also cites the culpability of George W. Bush in his roles as professional baseball team owner, Texas governor and U.S. president, and targets well-known tycoons such as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett and George Steinbrenner as well as lesser-recognized beneficiaries who own golf courses and insurance companies and energy consortiums. Heroes appear occasionally, such as Remy Welling, an Internal Revenue Service investigator who blew the whistle on improper tax breaks for the wealthy and lost her job. Johnston writes compellingly to show how government-private sector collusion affects the middle class and the poor. (Jan.)
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About the Author
David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize?winning reporter for The New York Times, has hunted down a killer the police failed to catch, exposed LAPD abuses, caused two television stations to lose their licenses over news manipulations, and revealed Donald Trump?s true net worth. He has uncovered so many tax dodges that he has been called the ?de facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States.?
His last book, Perfectly Legal, was a New York Times bestseller and honored as Book of the Year by the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. Over his forty-year career he has won many other honors, including a George Polk Award.
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After checking the book out from the library and reading it I was so impressed that I bought the trilogy for my personal library, so I will have it on hand to review again when I'm discussing the subject with others.
Presto Chango! Money taken from taxpayers ends up in someone's private pocket, the new way for taking care of business as usual. Why it's so pervasive? Officials who play along get little perks. Oh, not cash of course. That would be illegal! But perhaps an all expense paid cruise on a luxury liner would show some appreciation.
Read all about it. Get fumed. Write your elected representative and demand change. But don't hold your breath. The subsidy kickbacks are spewed out like little pellets of fertilizer from a rotary spreader as the lawn gets fed.
This is a good read, well researched, with a satisfying focus on the underdog. The combined focus on the the winners and the losers suggests a structure, not a one time event. I for one would like a sequel on what to do about it. Perhaps the upcoming elections will help make a change.
(the middle class) get to pay for all the entitalments that are killing us all. This is a difficult book to read, in that you get so upset while you are reading what is happening. Enough said.