By Charles J. Sykes
Have we reached a tipping aspect the place extra american citizens depend upon the efforts of others than all alone? Are we changing into a country of moochers?
In A country of Moochers, Charles J. Sykes argues that we're already very on the subject of that time, if we haven't already crossed the road: from the company bailouts on Wall highway, to huge, immense pension, healthcare, and different entitlement bills, to questionable tax exemptions for companies and participants, to the alarming raises in own default and dependency, the recent moocher tradition cuts throughout traces of sophistication, race, and personal and public sectors.
A kingdom of Moochers explores the shift within the American personality in addition to the financial system. a lot of the anger of the present political weather stems from the belief by way of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens that they're being pressured to pay for the greed-driven difficulties of different humans and companies; more and more, those that plan and behave sensibly are being requested to bail out the profligate. Sykes’ argument isn't opposed to compassion or valid charity, yet distinguishes among definable wishes and the moocher tradition, within which self-reliance and private accountability have given approach to mass greedy after entitlements, tax breaks, advantages, bailouts, and different kinds of feeding on the public trough.
Persuasively argued and wryly wonderful, A state of Moochers is a rallying cry for americans who're bored with enjoying through the principles and buying those that don’t.
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A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing by Charles J. Sykes