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The Government Racket 2000: All New Washington Waste from A to Z Paperback – February, 2000
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Bestselling author Martin L. Gross updates one of his most popular books, The Government Racket, with The Government Racket 2000. Eight years after his first book, readers won't be shocked to learn that Washington keeps wasting taxpayer dollars. Gross estimates that the federal government fritters away at least $375 billion annually on questionable programs and projects, such as the National Swine Research Center ($13 million), a study on mail-delivery times ($23 million), and the Robert J. Dole Institute at the University of Kansas ($6 million). The book reads like a lengthy newspaper op-ed, full of short paragraphs, colloquial language, and pithy observations. By and large, his recommendations will sound like common sense to those who crave a smaller government or those who just want to know why the Pentagon recently spent $5 million to build a third golf course at Andrews Air Force Base, just outside the District of Columbia. Though Gross sometimes expects readers to be outraged without fully explaining why (he never reveals, for instance, what the National Swine Research Center actually does), he offers some solutions to the problems he cites: cutting the federal cabinet from 14 departments to 9, shutting down entire agencies, and revamping U.S. tax policy, among others. The Government Racket 2000 is like the report of a government-wide inspector general committed to reducing the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy. --John J. Miller
About the Author
MARTIN L. GROSS, has written more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, which began the serious debate over capricious and wasteful government, and A Call for Revolution, as well as The End of Sanity, The Medical Racket and The Conspiracy of Ignorance. His 1995 bestseller, The Tax Racket, exposed the excesses of the IRS and asked for its elimination. He has testified before the U. S. Congress five times. Three of his prior nonfiction works, The Brain Watchers, The Doctors, and The Psychological Society, stimulated public debate in the fields of psychological testing, medicine, and psychiatry, resulting in Congressional hearings and reforms. Mr. Gross has been a member of the faculty of The New School for Social Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Science at New York University. He lives and works in suburban Connecticut.
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Top Customer Reviews
Concrete descriptions of duplicate government programs and massive inefficiencies abound in the book, so much so that examples for less than a billion dollars seem inconsequential. Moreover, Gross explains many of the underlying reasons for government waste and offers various pragmatic solutions for reducing and eliminating the waste without materially impacting public services.
Everyone who votes needs to read this book and then march on Washington, 60's style, and demand massive reforms. And when better than during this, a presidential election year.
Anyone that reads this and comes away sanguine about the rathole of waste and excess in Washington deserves their serfdom.
On another front, do click over to "Transfer" by Jerry Furland. Another honest author toiling in the vineyards for all of us.
Mr. Gross, PLEASE update this book. You were ahead of your time.