Take the Rich off Welfare / Edition 2

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896087071
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Zepezauer has worked as a journalist, cartoonist, editor and publisher since 1985. His articles, columns and reviews have appeared in the Village Voice, In These Times, Austin Chronicle, San Jose Metro, Santa Cruz Sun and Arizona Daily Star. His limited-edition art book, The Nixon Saga, is found in museum collections worldwide. From 1993 through 2000, he published the Tucson Comic News, a monthly compendium of editorial cartoons and commentary. Zepezauer wrote two books for the Real Story Series (now published by South End Press): The CIA's Greatest Hits (1994) and Take the Rich Off Welfare (1996).
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Individual inequities
1 Social Security inequities 14
2 Tax breaks for homeowners 19
3 Runway pensions 24
Pt. 2 Big business breaks
4 Tax avoidance by transnationals 28
5 Lower taxes on capital gains 34
6 Accelerated depreciation 38
7 Insurance loopholes 41
8 Business meals and entertainment 45
9 Tax-free Muni Bonds 46
10 Export subsidies 48
Pt. 3 Industry chicanery
11 Military waste and fraud 54
12 The S&L bailout 76
13 Agribusiness subsidies 82
14 Media handouts 98
15 Nuclear subsidies 104
16 Aviation subsidies 112
17 Mining subsidies 115
18 Oil and gas tax breaks 119
19 Timber subsidies 122
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
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