If I Were a Rich Man

On my drive from central Ohio last evening I tuned into NPR. I made it just in time for Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

I usually love the show because of Terry’s interview style and her guests, but I do get frustrated at the topics. The things that are talked about from time to time get my panties all in a wad – and it doesn’t helpthat I’m driving.

You should really listen to yesterday’s show. I don’t know it’s podcast-able, but you can listen to it right from the NPR site. The guest is/was David Cay Johnston – columnist for the New York Times. He was there promoting his new book.

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill). Not the longest title in book history, but certainly not the shortest.

Though clearly they talk about what the title implies, it goes much deeper into a number of case studies that include big box stores, alarm system companies, Shrub-Texas Rangers-fraudulent tax returns (yes, all-in-one) and some of their tie-ins to your taxes not at work and to the rise in certain crime rates.

Horribly interesting. …and just downright horrible.

It is probably no surprise that he ties much this back to the Reagan era – and right up to W.  Though I’d like to exonerate Clinton, it’s doubtful there was a lull in some of this activity during his eight years in office.

Song by:  Tevye (as performed by Zero Mostel)

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