Washington, D.C.When big business gets its way in Washington, the result is higher taxes, stricter regulation and bigger government all around, all of which harm consumers, entrepreneurs and taxpayers.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Journalism Fellow Tim Carney reveals the quiet partnership of big business and big governmentand its costs to the average Americanin The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money.
Carneys in-depth research, exclusive interviews, and shoe-leather reporting unearth a startling pattern that upends the conventional wisdom. Government regulation doesnt rein in big businesses; it protects them while hurting the little guys. Higher taxes dont soak the rich; they often merely transfer wealth from Mom & Pop to the largest corporations. Its not just for good press that some big businesses are sounding a lot greener these days; the old-fashioned profit motive, combined with some targeted lobbying, is really behind the push for corporate social responsibility.
The Big Ripoff presents a series of storiessimultaneously entertaining and infuriatingand weaves them together into a pattern. Driven by compelling narrative and punctuated by concise insights into todays political and economic landscape, The Big Ripoff opens a new world to all readers.
Carney is the Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a free-lance investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Sun, Wall Street Journal Europe, American Spectator, D.C. Examiner and many other magazines, newspapers and Web sites. He was formerly a reporter for veteran columnist Robert Novak and a reporter at Human Events. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN and other television outlets, and as a guest on dozens of radio stations. His Web site is www.TimothyPCarney.com.
From the Aug. 23-29, 2006, issue