Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You


  • 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 ...
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Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You

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  • 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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“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 Barons—handsomely 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 vivid—and often rage-inducing—detail.”
—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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596981539
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Iain Murray is the author of The Really Inconvenient Truths and Vice President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where among other duties he leads the Center for Economic Freedom. His journalism has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Post, National Review, and many other outlets, and he is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN Headline News, and the BBC. He lives with his family in Northern Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 This Is Al Gore's House. What Does Yours Look Like?

Chapter 1 Lifestyles of the Rich and Powerful 1

Chapter 2 Government 101 11

Part 2 Stand and Deliver!

Chapter 3 The Tax Army 29

Chapter 4 Red Tape Bondage Games 43

Chapter 5 It's for the Children! 65

Part 3 Robber Barons in Action

Chapter 6 Private Sector Jargon, Public Sector Performance 79

Chapter 7 Union Men 99

Part 4 Your Friendly Local Robber Barons

Chapter 8 Municipal Madness 127

Chapter 9 The Education Bubble 149

Conclusion: A Program for Public Sector Reform 173

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

Index 205

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    A must read for all americans.

    If you are not sure why the country is in the mess it is in, or think you do, read this book, you will look at our government employees in a whole new light.

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