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Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--And Cheat Everybody Else

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  • Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich-And Cheat Everybody Else (Portfolio) – Hardcover (2003)
    by David Cay Johnston

    Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich-And Cheat Everybody Else

    Hardcover, Portfolio
    2003
    English
    338 pages

    ISBN: 1591840198
    ISBN-13: 9781591840190

    One of the country's top investigative reporters reveals how the richest 1 percent of the country has rigged the tax code and other laws in its favor. Since the mid-1970s, there has been a dramatic shift in America's socioeconomic system, one that has gone virtually unnoticed by the general public. Tax policies and their enforcement have become a disaster, and thanks to discreet lobbying by a segment of the top 1 percent, Washington is reluctant or unable to fix them. The corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the gift ... Show more

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Deviler

The sad truth

by Deviler on Sep 10, 2007

Johnston uses his familarity and experience to show the disgusting, sordid truth. He does not hate taxes; he believes that taxes are the price of civilization. But the tax system -- and the ignorant, wanna-be Republicans-because-then-they'll-be-rich citizens -- are gamed, and the poor and middle class are manipulated by the rich -- of both parties. I have given copies of this book to colleagues in the estate planning field, but they are part of the system. Their conscience is driven by what benefits their wealthy clients -- and them. I gave a copy to the wife of the national editor of the Congressional Quarterly, and recommended it to the leading legal expert in the IRA retirment field. But its trenchant, almost gut-twising tales of artifices contrived and form over substance don't make the news. Everybody thinks that what is good for the millionaires will "trickle down" to them some day. Meanwhile, the middle class is squeezed by the airplane rides and financial gyrations of the rich and politically powerful. I'll bet Ron Paul has read this book!

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