A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

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Macmillan, Jan 17, 2012 - Political Science - 307 pages
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We have experienced a shift in American character: we’ve become a nation of moochers. Increasingly dependent on the efforts of others over our own, Americans are free to freeload. From the corporate bailouts on Wall Street to the alarming increases in personal default and dependency, from questionable tax exemptions to enormous pension, healthcare, and other entitlement costs, the new moocher culture cuts across lines of class, race, and private and public sectors. And the millions that plan and behave sensibly, only to bail out the profligate? They’re angry.

Charles Sykes’ argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but targets the new moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after handouts. A Nation of Moochers is a persuasively argued and entertaining rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don’t.

  

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Review: A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

User Review  - Beverly - Goodreads

The author argues that we are very close to that point, if we have not already crossed the line: from the corporate bailouts on Wall Street, to pension, healthcare, and other entitlement costs, to ... Read full review

Review: A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

User Review  - Kurt Brown - Goodreads

Our elected officials basically have one goal: get re-elected. Which means two things: give people everything they want and never kill a program, regardless of how ineffective an wasteful it is. Reading this book made my blood pressure spike. Read full review

Contents

A Nation of Moochers
9
A Moocher Checklist
20
Moochers Dilemma
32
The Joys of Dependency
49
Addicted to OPM Other Peoples Money
67
Want Need Right
74
At the Trough
91
Harvesting OPM
97
An Interactive Readers Exercise
196
No They Didnt Learn Anything
199
MiddleClass Suckers
205
The Bank ofMom and Dad
207
MiddleClass Suckers
213
Why Get a Job?
225
Mooching Off the Kids
231
Whats Fair?
243

Moochers Dilemma II
112
The Two Americas
131
Bailout Madness
155
Lessons in Moral Hazard
157
Mortgage Madness
159
Bailouts for Idiots How to Make Out Big by Screwing Up
171
WalkAway from Your Mortgage
185
An Abbreviated History ofMooching
245
Were All from Starnesville Now
249
Whats Fair?
255
Step Away from the Trough
265
Notes
271
Index
294
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

CHARLES J. SYKES is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and is the author of six previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School.

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