- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307237346
- ISBN-13: 978-0307237347
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--and How We Take It Back Hardcover – May 2, 2006
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"A book that could show any political speaker how to forge a compelling narrative." -- Washington Monthly
"Hostile Takeover argues persuasively that the two parties have teamed up to permit . . . 'Big Money' to manipulate the political system." -- Dallas Morning News
"If you're angry about the way that corporatism is destroying America then you should rush out and buy Hostile Takeover." -- Philadelphia Daily News
"Remarkable and irrefutable insights...[Sirota] represents the battle for the soul of the Democratic party." -- Buzzflash
"Sirota is the kind of pundit you'd like to have on your side in a knife fight." -- The American Prospect
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PRAISE FOR HOSTILE TAKEOVER
"Hostile Takeover makes a strong case that American democracy is under attack. Every politically engaged citizen who wants to know what challenges we face and how we can rebuild our country's democracy should read this book." Al Gore, former vice president of the United States
"Here are the horrifying facts about how our government works todayand for whom it worksdelivered in a tone of outrage that is not only merited but appropriate. Read it and scream." Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?
"David Sirota is a genuine American hero: he speaks the truthforcefully, courageously, straightforwardly, with no apologies, and with thorough documentation. This book is an invaluable guide to how the hostile takeover of our government affects you, and what you can do about it." George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of an Elephant!
"A blunt, two-fisted attack that pulls back the covers on the cozy canoodling between corporations and our government. Sirota ferociously indicts politicians of both political parties for their shameless peddling of corporate PR." Arianna Huffington, author of Pigs at the Trough
"A precious handbook for citizens living in the country of anger and disgust. Read it and you will no longer feel powerless. You may begin to believe it's possible for the people to reclaim their democracy. You may even decide to join the fight." William Greider, author of Who Will Tell the People and national affairs correspondent for The Nation "Hostile Takeover is not for the Powers That Be, but for the Powers that Ought To Bethe ordinary grassroots people of our country. Use this book as a lesson plan and action plan for taking our government back." Jim Hightower, author of Thieves in High Places
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Some of the topics that Mr. Sirota addresses are:
$ How Oil companies manipulate gas and oil prices.
$ Why the author believes the flat tax is a bad idea.
$ The Welch business objective.
$ How taxpayers' money pays to export jobs.
$ Where employee pension money often ends up.
$ The subject of HMO & health insurance company profits vs. health care for all citizens.
$ Why "free" trade is only free for corporations.
$ The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy policy.
On wages and the gulf between the rich and the working class he says this; " The lower the wages, the less overhead for businesses, the bigger the salaries for executives, the more campaign contributions for politicians, and the most lies that are created to justify policies that persecute America's working families."
The sheer volume of money and perks utilized by Corporate America through their lobbyists are mind-boggling! Free use of corporate jets and lobbyists that write bills are a few perks.
The hypocrisy of Washington,D.C. is highlighted by some of the lies and scare tactics used on topics like health care and imported pharmaceuticals. Health care reform would lead to "rationed" health care, or "government-run" health care. As David Sirota points out, we basically have that already. After politicians are covered and the health care and insurance industry are finished gouging, isn't a form of "rationed" health care what we are left with? Regarding "government-run" health care, that seems to work well for Bush, Cheney and all of the Congressmembers that use it.
Bush and others caution that Canadian pharmaceuticals could be "unsafe", yet noone can prove that these drugs are anything but safe, and equally important, they are cheaper! Importing Canadian pharmaceuticals would cut into somebody's profit margin.
An internal Chevron memo from 1995 was leaked and the author quotes it to explain one part of manipulating gas prices. "If the U.S. petroleum industry doesn't reduce it's refining capacity,it will never see any substantial increase in refinery profits."
"Hostile Takeover" is littered with notes and it documents the multitude of ways that Corporate America dictates the government's agenda through campaign contributions to both parties. There are "Heroes" and "Hacks" segments scattered throughout the book that offer a brief overview of individuals and why they fit that category.
David Sirota includes a lot of detail in his complaints and offers solutions. I don't agree 100% with his solutions or viewpoints, but I recommend this book to any citizen concerned with our current government or suspicious of why things just don't seem right.