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by David Sirota

  • ISBN: 0307237346
  • Category: Money & Business
  • Author: David Sirota
  • Subcategory: Processes & Infrastructure
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Pages: 384 pages
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Hostile Takeover" serves as more than just a book documenting how Corporate America has bought our . Mr. Sirota is as detailed as can be in HOSTILE TAKEOVER.

Hostile Takeover" serves as more than just a book documenting how Corporate America has bought our government, it's also a guidebook the reader can use to debunk a number of lies, myths, and half-truths deployed in the effort to justify government policies that rip us off. Some of the topics that Mr. Sirota addresses are . and thank him for bringing to light the corrupt NeoCon Bush White House and his Big Business supporters who have done their best to ruin WE, the people's country.

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At a time when more and more of America's major political leaders are being investigated for corruption, Sirota shows how all of this nefarious behavior happened right under our noses-and how the high-profile scandals are merely one product of a political system and debate wholly owned b. .

At a time when more and more of America's major political leaders are being investigated for corruption, Sirota shows how all of this nefarious behavior happened right under our noses-and how the high-profile scandals are merely one product of a political system and debate wholly owned by Big Money interests. From publisher description.

Serious Book for Serious People, June 16, 2006. I bought and read both this book, and John Stossel’s Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel – Why Everything You Know is Wrong This is a serious book for serious people.

With fiery passion, pinpoint wit, and astute analysis, Sirota reveals the hypocrisy, lies, and red herrings of the corporate interests and their political lackeys, and shows readers how to regain control of their government. 4 people like this topic.

Sirota does for his readers what Bush and his cohorts forgot to do for Iraq: plan not just for the assault but also for the aftermath.

How the 1980s Explain The World We Live In Now - Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything. Ballantine Books (March 15, 2011). Sirota ushers readers back to the era of big money and bigger hair, the yuppie and the Gipper to show how the 1980s transformed – and continues to influence – America’s culture and politic. is arguments are well informed and sparkle with wit and irreverence. A sharp, dizzying history lesson that packs a punch. Listen to an audio excerpt of the book here.

In Hostile Takeover, Sirota points the finger at Corporate America and a bevy of politicians from both parties who are at best .

In Hostile Takeover, Sirota points the finger at Corporate America and a bevy of politicians from both parties who are at best, unable to prevent gross corporate profiteering and at worst, lining their pockets with gifts and big campaign donations at citizens' expense.

Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government And How We Take It Back, 2006

He is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, political spokesperson, and blogger. Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government And How We Take It Back, 2006. The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, 2008. Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now-Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, 2011, Ballantine.

Do you ever wonder if there’s a connection between the corruption scandals in the news and the steady decline in the quality of life for millions of Americans? Do you ever wonder what corporations get for the millions of dollars they pour into the American political system? Do you ever think the government has been hijacked by forces hostile to average Americans? Do you ever want to fight back? Millions of Americans lack health care and millions more struggle to afford it. Politicians claim they care, then pass legislation that just sends more cash to the HMOs. Wages have been stagnant for thirty years, even as corporate profits skyrocket. Politicians say they want to fix the problem and then pass bills written by lobbyists that drive wages even lower and punish those crushed by debt. Jobs are being shipped overseas, pensions are being cut, and energy is becoming unaffordable. And our government, more concerned about maintaining its corporate sponsorship than protecting its citizens, does nothing about it. In Hostile Takeover, David Sirota, a major new voice in American politics, seeks to open the eyes of ordinary Americans to the fact that corporate interests have undermined democracy, aided and abetted by their lackeys in our allegedly representative government. At a time when more and more of America’s major political leaders are being indicted or investigated for corruption, Sirota takes readers on a journey that shows how all of this nefarious behavior happened right under our noses—and how the high-profile scandals are merely one product of a political system and debate wholly owned by Big Money interests. Sirota considers major public issues that feel intractable—like spiraling health care costs, the outsourcing of jobs, the inequities of the tax code, and out-of-control energy prices—and shows how in each case workable solutions are buried under the lies of lobbyists, the influence of campaign cash, and the ubiquitous spin machine financed by Big Business.With fiery passion, pinpoint wit, and lucid analysis, Hostile Takeover reveals the true enemies of reform and their increasingly sophisticated—and hostile—tactics. It’s an essential guidebook for those of us tired of the government selling us out—and determined to take our country back. Also available as an eBook
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Agamaginn
A summary of Sirota's book would point out that millions lack health care, and even more struggle to afford it. Politicians claim they care, then pass legislation that provides more profits for drug companies and insurers. At the same time, inflation-adjusted wages have been largely stagnant, while corporate profits have skyrocketed. In this instance, politicians "help out" by further depressing wages by continuing to allow millions of illegal and temporary legal immigrants into the U.S., and additional millions of jobs outsourced overseas. Despite an obvious need for energy conservation, our government takes its lead from V.P. Dick Cheney and does nothing. Welcome to today's world of lobbyists', lies, and legislation for sale.

The "really bad news" is that they're not satisfied. Possible future legislation includes a flat income tax (a huge tax cut for the wealthy, and a huge tax increase for everyone else - per Reagan's '82 Treasury Dept.), permanent elimination of the estate tax (only 2% were paying, and half the receipts came from the top .1% with estates over $5 million), and reducing corporate taxes from their 35% level - "fourth highest" in the industrialized world (a '04 GAO report concluded that 94% paid less than 5%, and that 60,000 government contractors owed $6 billion in unpaid taxes), more personal tax cuts (to justify further cuts in veterans' healthcare, inadequate/non-funding of Army armor and New Orleans' levees - the pre-Katrina official protesting the latter was immediately fired).

Not upset yet - read on. USA Today reported in late '05 that while the 60 worst performing companies in America lost 4769 billion in market value in the prior five years, their top five executives were paid an average of $8 million/year. Meanwhile, University of California researchers in '04 found that jobs in the bottom third of the pay scale were growing almost twice as fast as those in the middle.

"Hostile Takeover" also puts to rest the myth of "free" trade. Provisions include insuring U.S. access to potentially hepatitis-carrying Mexican vegetables and Canadian beef with mad-cow disease, while banning importation of cheaper drugs and limiting other nations' ability to produce generic medicines. In '01, economists estimated that three-fourths of U.S. workers lost about 12% of current wages because of trade deals. At least we still have some - the New York Times reported the loss of over 2 million manufacturing jobs between '01 - '04, while Gartner Research estimated over 30% of high-tech jobs could be shipped overseas by '15 and University of California researchers estimated up to 14 million jobs are now at risk of outsourcing.

There's more: Harvard researchers found that 90% of personal bankruptcies were due to illness, medical bills, job loss, death in the family, and/or divorce. Meanwhile, the Kauffman Foundation's '05 study concluded that 20% of recent bankrupts had been operating a small business. No matter - the myth of deadbeat debtors ruining credit card companies persists, and Congress recently made personal bankruptcy laws much tougher.

At least we can count on retirement - not! In '02 AP reported that 8 million workers saw their retirement plans converted to "cash balance" payouts only - a loss of up to $200 million, according to government sources. As for Social Security, a top University of Chicago economist estimates Wall St. would make $400 billion - $1 trillion in fees under the Bush privatization plan. No matter you say - Chile and Galveston, Texas have proven the concept's superiority. Unfortunately, the World Bank found that up to one-third of Chileans' retirement money went to fees (the public version went bankrupt - hence, no comparisons are available), and several government reports have concluded that many/most/all Galveston employees will receive LESS than they would have from Social Security.

Well, at least some of us have our health. Hopefully the growing number without health insurance will not get sick; as for universal governmental coverage - private insurance made over $10 billion in '03, with top executives raking in $85 million each. As for the innovative drugs many can't afford because of high prices "required for research" - the former New England Journal of Medicine's editor states that they "come almost entirely from publicly funded research done in government and university labs." Further evidence: Princeton's Uwe Reinhardt says that "R&D spending (as a % of drug industry revenues) is equal or higher in Europe (with price controls) as here" - specifically, 20% in Britain, vs. 14% in the U.S.

Finally, "fuel efficiency kills people," or so opponents say. On the other hand, University of Michigan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers and a government panel all have concluded that cars can be made as safe/safer than most SUVs, and especially better than most pickups.

Truly an encyclopedic work documenting how business has stolen and perverted American democracy. While Sirota offers specific recommendations in each area, the biggest problem involves providing a means for voters to see through all the lies and mis-statements. Publicly-funded elections may be the answer.
Jozrone
"Hostile Takeover" serves as more than just a book documenting how Corporate America has bought our government, it's also a guidebook the reader can use to debunk a number of lies, myths, and half-truths deployed in the effort to justify government policies that rip us off.

Some of the topics that Mr. Sirota addresses are:

$ How Oil companies manipulate gas and oil prices.

$ Why the author believes the flat tax is a bad idea.

$ The Welch business objective.

$ How taxpayers' money pays to export jobs.

$ Where employee pension money often ends up.

$ The subject of HMO & health insurance company profits vs. health care for all citizens.

$ Why "free" trade is only free for corporations.

$ The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy policy.

On wages and the gulf between the rich and the working class he says this; " The lower the wages, the less overhead for businesses, the bigger the salaries for executives, the more campaign contributions for politicians, and the most lies that are created to justify policies that persecute America's working families."
The sheer volume of money and perks utilized by Corporate America through their lobbyists are mind-boggling! Free use of corporate jets and lobbyists that write bills are a few perks.

The hypocrisy of Washington,D.C. is highlighted by some of the lies and scare tactics used on topics like health care and imported pharmaceuticals. Health care reform would lead to "rationed" health care, or "government-run" health care. As David Sirota points out, we basically have that already. After politicians are covered and the health care and insurance industry are finished gouging, isn't a form of "rationed" health care what we are left with? Regarding "government-run" health care, that seems to work well for Bush, Cheney and all of the Congressmembers that use it.
Bush and others caution that Canadian pharmaceuticals could be "unsafe", yet noone can prove that these drugs are anything but safe, and equally important, they are cheaper! Importing Canadian pharmaceuticals would cut into somebody's profit margin.

An internal Chevron memo from 1995 was leaked and the author quotes it to explain one part of manipulating gas prices. "If the U.S. petroleum industry doesn't reduce it's refining capacity,it will never see any substantial increase in refinery profits."

"Hostile Takeover" is littered with notes and it documents the multitude of ways that Corporate America dictates the government's agenda through campaign contributions to both parties. There are "Heroes" and "Hacks" segments scattered throughout the book that offer a brief overview of individuals and why they fit that category.

David Sirota includes a lot of detail in his complaints and offers solutions. I don't agree 100% with his solutions or viewpoints, but I recommend this book to any citizen concerned with our current government or suspicious of why things just don't seem right.
Amarin
If you can read only one book on political corruption, this must be it. Having fought it at the state level for over 10 years (see [...] Sirota's coverage of corruption at the federal level is all too familiar. You will not put this book down, and don't even start it without a yellow highlighter in your hand. There are far too many points you will want to refer back to. But then, don't continue to sit idly by and let the politicians continue to pick your pocket, all for the sake of getting campaign cash for their reelection. Do something! Vote them all out, regardless of party. We need fresh blood.
Ubrise
Lots of examples. Persuasive, engaging and easy to follow.
Flas
Mr. Sirota is as detailed as can be in HOSTILE TAKEOVER. The Bush administration is even worse that I thought it could be.

I am a fan of Mr. Sirota's forever... and thank him for bringing to light the corrupt NeoCon Bush White House and his Big Business supporters who have done their best to ruin WE, the people's country.
Xig
Must read if you care about democracy! I strongly suggest you buy this for all you family and their friends.
Made-with-Love
This book is a non-partisan, fact based account of who received how much from whom and what bills were voted for or against. It's a great reference when having a political discussion. It also offers surprisingly simple solutions to problems are only complicated by a corrupt political system.
Thought provoking and such a great insight into what's so wrong in the western world. Let's not sleep walk into 1984!

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