The Looting of America?

01/05/10 Robert Lorei
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Our next guest is Jonathan Tasini, author of The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Theives, and the Looting of America (Ig Publishing). In his book Tasini writes: "Over the past quarter century, we have lived through the greatest looting of wealth in human history. While billions of dollars streamed into the pockets of a few elites in the corporate and economic class, the vast majority of citizens have lived through a period of falling wages, disappearing pensions, and dwindling bank accounts — all of which led to the personal debt crisis that lies at the root of the current financial meltdown."

In The Audacity of Greed Tasini examines the ethos of the free- market that he says robs everyday Americans, and exposes exposes the individuals responsible for "the looting of America." From corporate executives who funded their lavish lifestyles at the public’s expense, to the politicians who let it happen, Tasini argues that we need a cultural and philosophical revolution that punctures the fable of market fundamentalism and, by doing so, values the contributions made by ordinary Americans throughout the economy.

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Why.....?

We have unfortunately allowed our government to be the best government that big money can buy. The recent events bear this out. We have been hookwinked by the hypocrites in Washington (not all are hypocrites) who tell us that what there're doing will help our economy, keep us safe from terrorists, blah, blah, blah. Health care reform? Come on, it's nothing more or less than a scam that guarantees even more profits for the real death squads: the health insurance company executives. Why, after more than a year has passed where we bailed out the banksters on Wall Street, do we have no new regulations? Why do we engage in illegal, immoral wars that any sane individual knows we we never "win"? People: What happened to standing up for what's right? Why are we so content to sit at home and allow all this crap to take place? Why are we not badgering our legislators about ending all of this nonsense? Why are we so scared to voice our opinions anymore? Why aren't we out there protesting this garbage? Wake up before it's too late, folks!!!

RE: Why.....?

Right on !!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm disappointed with the current administrations promise for change. Seems the more things "change" the more they stay the same.