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Free lunch : how the wealthiest Americans enrich themselves at government expense (and stick you with the bill)

by Johnston, David C.

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How does a strong and growing economy lend itself to job uncertainty, debt, bankruptcy, and economic fear for a vast number of Americans? This book answers this great economic question, revealing how today's government policies and spending benefit the wealthy. Johnston shows how, under the guise of... Full description

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Summary: How does a strong and growing economy lend itself to job uncertainty, debt, bankruptcy, and economic fear for a vast number of Americans? This book answers this great economic question, revealing how today's government policies and spending benefit the wealthy. Johnston shows how, under the guise of deregulation, a whole new set of regulations quietly went into effect--thwarting competition, depressing wages, and rewarding misconduct. Revelations include: how we ended up with the most expensive yet inefficient health-care system in the world; how homeowners' title insurance became a costly, deceitful, yet almost invisible oligopoly; how our government gives hidden subsidies for posh golf courses; how baseball team owners will collect more than $1.3 billion in public funds. In these instances and more, Johnston shows how the lobbyists and lawyers representing the most powerful 0.1 percent of Americans manipulated our government at the expense of the other 99.9 percent.--From publisher description.
Physical Description: viii, 323 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9781591841913 :
1591841917 :
Author Notes: David Cay Johnston was born in San Francisco, California on December 24, 1948. He received his education at San Francisco State University, Michigan State University and the University of Chicago. He is a columnist for The Daily Beast, Investopedia, USA Today, NationalMemo.com, Tax Analysts and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Johnston is also Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management - The property, tax and regulatory law of the ancient world. David is the Past President, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and Board President, InvestigativePost.com Buffalo, NY.

David Cay Johnston is the author of New York Times bestseller The Making of Donald Trump. His other titles include It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (2018); The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind (2012); Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill), a 2008 New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller; Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else which was the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award winner and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller; Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. To Win Control of the Casino Business (1992).

David Cay Johnston is the Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal and the George Polk Award.

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