by David Cay Johnston
published by Portfolio Hardcover
© 2008 by David Cay Johnston
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From Publishers Weekly
Johnston, a New York Times investigative reporter, has spent his 40-year
career exposing collusion between government officials and private sector
entities as they enrich the rich and ignore consequences for middle-class
laborers and the poor. In Perfectly Legal, he focused on hidden inequities
in the tax system. This volume is a broader examination of collusion
and unfairness, ranging from subsidies for professional sports stadiums
to secret payouts to multinational corporate chief executives. At the
base of Johnston's journalistic indictment are the highly paid lobbyists
working Congress, state legislatures, county commissions, city councils
and government regulatory agencies. Johnston also cites the culpability
of George W. Bush in his roles as professional baseball team owner,
Texas governor and U.S. president, and targets well-known tycoons such
as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett and George Steinbrenner as well as lesser-recognized
beneficiaries who own golf courses and insurance companies and energy
consortiums. Heroes appear occasionally, such as Remy Welling, an Internal
Revenue Service investigator who blew the whistle on improper tax breaks
for the wealthy and lost her job. Johnston writes compellingly to show
how government-private sector collusion affects the middle class and
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