Mary Fahnlander's Reviews > Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense

Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston
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Aug 24, 08

Recommended to Mary by: MPR Chitaqua speech by author
Recommended for: anyone concerned about our national debt
Read in August, 2008

I learned how riled up a book can make me. When I saw how special interests and deregulation have increasingly pulled money away from the taxpayers with the theme of "letting the markets work" I was appalled. The book reminded me of "Freakonomics" as it paired unlikely cause/effect relationships, e.g. the home security industry as a major cause of increasing gang activity. The health care section was very informative as well. Johnston includes many easy first steps we could take to start us toward equitable fiscal policies that halt or at least retard this favored treatment of the wealthy. Reagan/Bush fans may not enjoy this book, but Democrats are not innocent either.
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