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When the first version of this book came out in 1996, on the heels of "Welfare Reform," it was received with great popular acclaim. As Jim Hightower put it, "At last, the real welfare scandal [is] revealed in one handy little -volume."
But the scandal was still in the making. The total amount of taxpayers’ money going to subsidize corporations and rich individuals has grown from about $448 billion to over $800 billion—and the amount of that tax money that comes from those flush companies and individuals continues to shrink.
In this greatly expanded and updated version of Take the Rich off Welfare, Mark Zepezauer still details who’s on the government dole and how much they’re getting. This time around, though, he has slowed down his rapid firing of the latest names and numbers in order to reveal how it all works. Using accessible language and revealing graphics, he takes the time to explain how programs once intended to profit the public have been warped to benefit only the corporate bottom line; how administrations manipulate the tax code to slide their extortion from the bottom half past congressional oversight; and how the politicians from both parties employ budget doubletalk and paper trickery to make it look as if the economy isn’t being sucked further into a sinkhole in order to line the pockets of the few.
A prolific writer of humorous but cutting analyses of government policy and its fallout, Zepezauer provides us with the tools we need to expose the political chicanery of current and past administrations, and make it much more difficult for politicians to play Three Card Monte with our money and our future. To the rallying cry of fiscal conservatives who claim that government must shrink, Zepezauer offers an easy answer. Shrink you.
Mark Zepezauer has worked as a journalist, editor and publisher since 1985. His articles, columns and reviews have appeared in the Village Voice, In These Times and the Arizona Daily Star. Zepezauer also wrote two Real Story books (now published by South End Press): The CIA’s Greatest Hits (1994) and the first version of Take the Rich Off Welfare (1996), which have sold over 25,000 and 22,000 copies respec
|Pt. 1||Individual inequities|
|1||Social Security inequities||14|
|2||Tax breaks for homeowners||19|
|Pt. 2||Big business breaks|
|4||Tax avoidance by transnationals||28|
|5||Lower taxes on capital gains||34|
|8||Business meals and entertainment||45|
|9||Tax-free Muni Bonds||46|
|Pt. 3||Industry chicanery|
|11||Military waste and fraud||54|
|12||The S&L bailout||76|
|18||Oil and gas tax breaks||119|
|20||Synfuel tax credits||126|
|21||Ozone tax exemptions||128|
|22||A bouquet of miscellaneous ripoffs||130|
|23||What's been left out||133|
|App. A||Welfare for the poor||142|