Take the Rich off Welfare / Edition 1

Take the Rich off Welfare / Edition 1

by Mark Zepezauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0896087069

ISBN-13: 9780896087064

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: South End Press

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

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Overview

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:
9780896087064
Publisher:
South End Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Individual inequities
1Social Security inequities14
2Tax breaks for homeowners19
3Runway pensions24
Pt. 2Big business breaks
4Tax avoidance by transnationals28
5Lower taxes on capital gains34
6Accelerated depreciation38
7Insurance loopholes41
8Business meals and entertainment45
9Tax-free Muni Bonds46
10Export subsidies48
Pt. 3Industry chicanery
11Military waste and fraud54
12The S&L bailout76
13Agribusiness subsidies82
14Media handouts98
15Nuclear subsidies104
16Aviation subsidies112
17Mining subsidies115
18Oil and gas tax breaks119
19Timber subsidies122
20Synfuel tax credits126
21Ozone tax exemptions128
22A bouquet of miscellaneous ripoffs130
23What's been left out133
App. AWelfare for the poor142

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