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Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You Hardcover – July 11, 2011
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Where do all your hard-earned tax dollars go? You don’t know the half of it! . . . This must read manual takes you on a maddening tour that starts at Al Gore’s mansion, winds through the ever-expanding empire of Nanny State busybodies in Washington, and dives into bloated municipal payrolls from the Big Apple to Bell, California. Murray outlines imperative reforms to rein in these new robber barons. If you believe public servants should serve the public and not themselves, get this book.”
Michelle Malkin, Fox News Contributor and author of Culture of Corruption
A powerful government, the liberal myth goes, places a check on special interests and provides a counterbalance to the power of the wealthy. In truth, government growth instead creates a new class of Robber Baronshandsomely paid public servants’ who soon monetize that service to become obscenely paid revolving-door lobbyists and consultants.’ Recovered bureaucrat Iain Murray paints the unseemly picture of our new leisure class’ in vividand often rage-inducingdetail.”
Tim Carney, author of Obamanomics and Senior Political Columnist, The Washington Examiner
Iain Murray eviscerates what he calls the new robber barons, the great empire-builders of the public sector. It is a story of greed, arrogance, and power that would make even a domineering nineteenth-century industrialist blush. This isn’t just a smart and entertaining take-down, but a call to action.”
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review
From the Back Cover
- Before Obama’s election, only one employee at the Federal Department of Transportation earned $170,000 or more; a year later, nearly 1,700 did
- The average Federal worker is paid double what his private sector counterpart earns
- One city administrator was paid $800,000 a year—and wrote himself a pension plan paying $1 million a year
- Los Angeles spent $111 million in stimulus money—to create 55 jobs
- And there’s so much more...
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But at least, the information is out. Now we need to change it and reverse the damage they have done.
The ruling class in America, copying its European model, is composed of the politicians, corporate powerbrokers, bureaucrats and public sector union leaders who make their livings off of our tax dollars. Murray makes it clear that dismantleing our current tax system moving toward a fair tax would remove the lynchpin that keeps these tax feeders alive and return our country back toward sanity. I highly recommend this book, it fires a warning shot across the bow. Wake up America!
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Although this topic could be dry and technical, the author has a fresh, easy style that pulls the reader through the book. He is of course putting forward a single, clear opinion - that again and again government gets in the way rather than helps, and that the effect of those continuous frictional interactions added up is a huge dead-weight on the economy and on individuals and businesses. Even though that opinion is clear throughout the book, he writes in a way that will be enjoyed even by readers with open minds who disagree with his conclusions.
Again and again while reading I was pulled up by the small examples and simple facts that are scattered throughout to illustrate the case he is making. Whether or not you agree with the author's case, these facts and examples will make you think and question - and that's the whole point of reading a book of this type.
Buy this book. Read it. Talk about it with your friends. You may or may not agree with the proposals for change in the final chapter - you will almost certainly think differently about the problems we face by the end than you did before you picked it up.
Stealing You Blind is like a ray of sunlight shining on the corrupt behavior of our public servants. It's an easy and fun read because the author writes in a casual, approachable style. But the contents made me furious. How could our public servents betray the trust of Americans so easily and so often? It's like they consider the American Taxpayer to be their personal ATMs.
Stealing You Blind is the sunlight that hopefully will inspire American Voters to disinfect our local, state and federal governments. Read one of Amazon.com's sample chapters and see for yourself. You definately won't regret reading this book.
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"Stealing You Blind," is a well written, thoroughly researched look at corruption in government. The figures speak for themselves and give you a detailed look at where all your tax... Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Seaotter
Ian Murray is a British ex-patriate and a former member of the British Civil Service. With an unerring eye, he cleanly and decisively identifies how the ruling class in America is... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Ron Higby
A 'must read' every voter and politician. This is truly a bipartisan narrative of the absolute and total abuse of taxpayers' dollars. As Mr. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Janet
Iain Murray's new book unveils a really inside-Washington story -- how unelected bureaucrats expand their turf to gain power and prestige, to the detriment of the American public. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by skip
Murray exposes the incestuous relationship between special interest and politicians in Stealing you Blind. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Vinnie