The Big Handout

The Big Handout

How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live in and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills

Book - 2011
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Just reading the word "subsidies" may cause many people's eyes to glaze over. We don't think it affects us directly, so we tune out. But it turns out that this complicated-sounding issue has an enormous impact on all of us. The Big Handout is about bad fiscal, environmental, agricultural, water, energy, health, and foreign policies. And it's a story about just one thing-subsidies. A subsidy is a grant by the government to a private business that is deemed advantageous to the public. Cotton, wheat, corn, soy, and oil are the most subsidized commodities in the United States. In this eye-opening book, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Kostigen explores government policies that cost taxpayers $200 billion per year, over $1,500 per household. In some cases we pay more for subsidized goods than we'd pay in a free market-and, in the most shocking abuses of the subsidy system, we pay for goods that aren't even produced. The Big Handout exposes how artificial pricing hurts us and people worldwide, from our waistlines and pocketbooks to our health. By revealing just how toxic America's subsidy system has become, for everyone, The Big Handout is a wake-up call that empowers readers to effect change.
Publisher: [Emmaus, PA] : Rodale, c2011.
ISBN: 9781609611132
Branch Call Number: 338.1873 Kostigen 12/2011
Characteristics: xiii, 288 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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Illya1 Jul 08, 2013

I was very excited reading this book. In fact, it blew my mind as it exposed the real world to my mind. Some chapters made me very scary and filled me with fear. Nevertheless, I finished the book within several days and felt totally shocked at our food industry. The phrase America "land of laws," is totally baseless and without merit. In actuality, it is the "rule of men" is better sounding. Anybody who likes to understand the real world should read this book and be amazed by the fraud and lies that American government is telling its people.


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