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A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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“Charlie Sykes has hit another home run. The author of Profscam and A Nation of Victims takes aim at America's growing culture of entitlement and delivers a fusillade as hilarious as it is sobering. Sykes shows in devastating detail how we have slipped from being a nation of independent men and women to being a nation of moochers, happy to feed on the labors of others. A Nation of Moochers is partly the report of a cultural pathologist, partly the tough-love prescription of a skilled social physician. Sykes outlines the nature and depth of our malady and expertly lays out the recovery plan. Buy it. Read it. Everyone not part of the welfare-industrial complex will be glad you did.” ―Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Politicized Our Higher Education and The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America
“Charlie Sykes' A Nation of Moochers provides a much-needed wakeup call for a nation approaching two perilous tipping points: a moral one and a fiscal one. With our country facing unprecedented challenges and stark political choices, principled leaders will benefit from Sykes' clear vision, keen insight and intellect. If we're serious about getting our nation back on track, then we would be wise to follow the lessons laid out in A Nation of Moochers.” ―Paul Ryan, Member of Congress
“Brilliant… A nation of moochers really does encapsulate our problem about a schizophrenic electorate that understands that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but still wants to get the free candy.” ―Michelle Malkin
About the Author
CHARLES J. SYKES is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and is the author of six previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School.
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How can a "reviewer" complain about Sykes being a one-dimensional right-winger when he offers this trenchant quote about Goldman's rescue via the bailout of AIG:
“One of the greatest mooches of all time was orchestrated behind closed doors, without transparency, by insiders who were more interested in scratching one another’s backs than protecting either the taxpayers or the integrity of the financial system they were supposedly saving.”
That sounds pretty harsh--albeit well-deserved--to me.
Overall I found myself agreeing with virtually everything in the book. Which is scarcely surprising given his philosophy. Ordinarily, I prefer books which challenge my philosophy, and demand that I think about the arguments from the other side. This is one of the few books compatible with my views that was so well written that I enjoyed the reading, and actually learned a bit from it.
But do be aware that the book's author is a journalist – and talk show host.
It is a derivative book.
But this book is worth possessing even if it is just for the book title's potential to initiate a productive psychotherapeutic discussion.