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Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dryby Dylan Ratigan
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Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked systemand#8212;and offers a way out. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This country, now more than ever, needs passionate debate and smart policy, a brazen willingness to scrap what doesnand#8217;t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does. Ratigan has compiled brash and fresh solutions for building a new and better America, and with this book he has started the debate America deserves. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With you, he wants to take back the country from the six vampires sucking this nation dry: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A political system in which lobbyists write legislation, lawmakers place and#8220;secret holdsand#8221; to create more pork for their districts, and money drives the whole process. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A banking system that uses capital for speculation and debt creation, rather than productive investment. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A and#8220;master-slaveand#8221; relationship with our Chinese bankers, making our corporations and politicians complicit in a system that rigs our currency and leaves us with permanent joblessness and massive trade deficits. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A health care system that is among the priciest and least sustainable in the industrialized world. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; An educational system that prizes prestige but produces mediocrity. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; An addiction to foreign oil that has sapped us of our willingness to innovate, made us reliant on inefficient technologies, and left us supportive of corrupt governments. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;To combat these vampires and to isolate the systematic ways in which our once productive industries and our government have been breached, Ratigan does not offer a grab bag of flimsy suggestions or useless hot air. Instead he provides readers with a set of values that together form the answer for how each of us can not only understand what has gone wrongand#8212;but join together to make it right.
"Former financial news anchor and host of CNBC's 'Fast Money,' Ratigan delivers an energetic, powerful, and at times unsettling portrait of America in crisis, dramatically rendered with the chiaroscuro of sobering statistics: infant mortality rates are double that of France, Japan, and Australia, and more than 40 million Americans are currently living in poverty. Ratigan's suggestions for overhaul seem interesting, though more so in terms of concept than in actual execution. To fix the fraught educational system, he benignly suggests we 'Find the Teachers Who Create Effective Learning Environments' and implement performance-based positions. Later, Ratigan describes efficiency as the 'silver bullet that will kill the vampire of the incumbent energy industry,' with a nod to Germany's so-far-so-good push to becoming independent of oil and nuclear power by 2050. Given the book's fast-paced and dramatic delivery, it's easy to see why Ratigan was a popular TV personality. He outlines his simple, concise arguments with memorable subheads like the provocative 'Thought for Sale,' and even though his portrait of the U.S. is bleak, he believes we have options. The 'Ratigan Hypothesis' — that 'we are the first generation to be able to use modern communications tools to fix our debt problem without resorting to war' — is compelling enough to warrant serious consideration. Illus. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The host of the eponymous MSNBC show, Dylan Ratigan offers a bold and original post-partisan program to resuscitate the American Dream.
At a time of deep concern with the state of America’s economy and government, it seems that all the media can give us is talking (or screaming) heads who revel in partisan brinkmanship. Then there’s Dylan Ratigan—an award-winning journalist respected and admired across the political spectrum. In Greedy Bastards, he rips the lid off of our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.
Employing the nuanced reporting and critical analysis that have earned him so much respect, Ratigan describes the five “vampires” that are sucking the nation dry, including an educational system that values mediocrity above all else; a healthcare system that is among the priciest and least-effective infrastructures in the industrialized world; a political system in which lobbyists write legislation; a “master-slave” relationship with our Chinese bankers; and an addiction to foreign oil that has sapped our willingness to innovate. In offering solutions to these formidable and entrenched obstacles, he does nothing less than lay the groundwork for a political movement dedicated to tackling the rot at the heart of the country.
In its desperation, America needs more than just endless stock tips and Wall Street navel-gazing. It needs passionate debate and smart policy—and a hero to take on the establishment. Dylan Ratigan is that hero, and this is the book that will rally people behind him.
In this post-partisan manifesto on education, healthcare, China, and foreign oil, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan details his mission to defend democracy.
About the Author
Dylan Ratigan is the host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, an opinion-fueled daily broadcast program, and the podcast Radio Free Dylan. The creator of CNBC's Fast Money and formerly the co-anchor of CNBC's The Call and Closing Bell, Ratigan started his career in print journalism and rose to become the global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg. He has worked as a regular on-air contributor for ABC News and published articles in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and the Huffington Post. His coverage of the Enron scandal at CNBC earned him journalism's coveted Gerald Loeb Award. Using the mantra "The truth will set you free; but first it will piss you off", Ratigan focuses on solutions to our nation's largest problems while holding the government accountable for its role in solving them.
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