A Nation of Moochers by Charles J. Sykes
America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

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...Mr. Sykes's idea of what constitutes mooching is rather muddled, making it hard to determine who is a worthy recipient of help and who is wrongfully on the dole.
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We have experienced a shift in American character: we've become a nation of moochers. Increasingly dependent on the efforts of others over our own, Americans are free to freeload. From the corporate bailouts on Wall Street to the alarming increases in personal default and dependency, from questionable tax exemptions to enormous pension, healthcare, and other entitlement costs, the new moocher culture cuts across lines of class, race, and private and public sectors. And the millions that plan and behave sensibly, only to bail out the profligate? They're angry.

Charles Sykes' argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but targets the new moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after handouts. A Nation of Moochers is a persuasively argued and entertaining rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don't.

 

About Charles J. Sykes

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CHARLES J. SYKES is a radio talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a columnist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and the CNI Newspapers chain, and a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. The author of five previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School, he lives in Wisconsin.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 318 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Laura Vanderkam on Jan 21 2012

...Mr. Sykes's idea of what constitutes mooching is rather muddled, making it hard to determine who is a worthy recipient of help and who is wrongfully on the dole.

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