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Welfare for the Rich: How Your Tax Dollars End Up in Millionaires' Pockets-And What You Can Do About It

Welfare for the Rich: How Your Tax Dollars End Up in Millionaires' Pockets-And What You Can Do About It


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In today’s ultra-polarized and highly partisan political environment, Welfare for the Rich is one of the rare books written to appeal to engaged and open-minded citizens from across the political spectrum.

Welfare for the Rich is the first book to describe and analyze the many ways that federal and state governments provide handouts—subsidies, grants, tax credits, loan guarantees, price supports, and many other payouts—to millionaires, billionaires, and the companies they own and run. Many journalists, scholars, and activists have focused on one or more of these dysfunctional programs. A few of the most egregious examples have even become famous. But Welfare for the Rich is the first attempt to paint a comprehensive, easily accessible picture of a system largely designed by the richest Americans—through lobbyists, lawyers, political action committees, special interest groups, and other powerful influencers—with the specific goal of making sure the government keeps wealth and power flowing from the many to the few.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642934144
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,120,734
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Phil Harvey, the founder of two thriving businesses, is a philanthropist who also founded several important nonprofit organizations. He is the author of five books.

Lisa Conyers is a political consultant who focuses on economics and public policy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword David Boaz, Cato Institute xi

Introduction xv

1 Unhealthy Harvest: Millionaire Farmers and the Hand That Feeds Them 1

2 The Tariff Trap: Taxing Millions to Enrich a Few 27

3 The Sky-High Price of Big League Dreams: State Subsidies for Stadiums, Movies, and Mickey Mouse 48

4 Land of the Free? That's Not What the Zoning Laws Say 65

5 Thumbs on the Scale: How Big Businesses Tilt the Rules in Their Favor 81

6 Energy: How America's Wealthiest Industry Gets Your Tax Dollars 111

7 Grabbing the Taxpayers' Money-There's an App for That 139

8 Taxes and Tax Breaks 154

9 Do Banks Need Uncle Sam as Their Sugar Daddy? 188

10 Lobbying-The Right of Which People? 203

11 Joining Forces and Fighting Back 216

Bibliography 227

Index 275

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