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Every day corporations and other wealthy special interests pump another $2 million into the coffers of our elected officials in Washington and their party committees. For their money they get an estimated $160 billion a year in tax breaks, subsidies, and other sweet deals. That’s $160 billion lifted from ...
Every day corporations and other wealthy special interests pump another $2 million into the coffers of our elected officials in Washington and their party committees. For their money they get an estimated $160 billion a year in tax breaks, subsidies, and other sweet deals. That’s $160 billion lifted from taxpayers’ pockets–or about $1,500 per taxpayer per year! But that’s not the worst of it. Their money also buys them the opportunity to shape public policy to suit their bottom lines. And the cost we pay for that is much dearer. Blending satirical bite with mountains of eye-opening research, this rollicking call to arms breaks the issue into manageable, kitchen-table topics and makes it accessible with graphs, tables, sidebars, quizzes, and fascinating factoids.
"Sifry and Watzman lay it all out with no bark on it in this devastatingly straight-forward book–the overt corruption of our country through what we politely call ‘the campaign finance system.’ Legalized bribery is the root of our political rot and few people know more about how to fix it and have done more to fix it than the good folks at Public Campaign."
–Molly Ivins, author of Bushwhacked
"Sifry and Watzman are two of the most astute observers of political influence in this country. Their important new book names names and cuts through the bull about the issues that affect our daily lives, in a wonderfully amusing but drop-dead accurate way!"
–Charles Lewis, author of The Buying of the President 2004
Primer. The Basics.
Who's Buying Whom: How Money In Politics Really Works.
OUR POCKETS ARE BEING PICKED.
Chapter 1. Prescription Drugs.
Rx: Monopoly...How Big Pharma Stays On Top.
Chapter 2. Minimum Wage.
Nickel And Dimed By Congress.
Chapter 3. Cable TV.
Monopoly Is So Much Fun.
Chapter 4. Banking Deregulation.
When Big Banks Happen To Little People (Part 1).
Chapter 5. Corporate Fraud.
How Congress Unleashed The Looters.
OUR HEALTH IS ENDANGERED.
Chapter 6. Health Care Reform.
The Incredible Shrinking Health Care Debate.
Chapter 7. Drug Safety.
Who Watches The Watchdogs?
Chapter 8. Tobacco Policy.
When Is A Drug Not A Drug?
Chapter 9. Food Safety.
Not Anybody's Idea Of A 'Happy Meal'.
Chapter 10. Pesticides And Food.
Dare Your Kid Eat A Peach?
OUR ENVIRONMENT IS BEING ENDANGERED.
Chapter 11. Energy Policy.
The Secret Life Of Dick Cheney.
Chapter 12. Air Pollution.
Why Johnny Can't Breathe.
Chapter 13. Superfund.
Return Of The Toxic Avoiders.
Chapter 14. Fuel Inefficiency.
Rigged Contest: Hummer Vs Hybrid.
OUR SAFETY IS BEING ENDANGERED.
Chapter 15. Homeland Insecurity.
The Homegrown Chemical Weapons Threat.
Chapter 16. Gun Politics.
Of Killer Pens And Ak-47s.
Chapter 17. Workplace Injuries.
How Long Can You "Study" A Problem Before It Goes Away?
Chapter 18. Law And Order.
Pardon You? It Depends.
Chapter 19. Privacy And Predatory Lending.
When Big Banks Happen To Little People (Part 2).
Chapter 20. Bankruptcy Deform.
There Are Some Things Money Can Just Keep Trying To Buy.
OUR TREASURY IS BEING PLUNDERED.
Chapter 21. Tax Fairness.
The Rich Get Richer...And The Poor Get Audited.
Chapter 22. Return On Investment.
Corporate Welfare, Land-Grab Style.
Chapter 23. Agriculture Subsidies.
The Farmer In The Till.
Chapter 24. Bailouts And Boondoggles.
Homeland Security Or Profit Security?
Chapter 25. Media Democracy.
All The News That's Fit To Omit.
Conclusion: What Is To Be Done.