Give Me A Break by John Stossel

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Oh these libertine Libertarians.  Will they never stop chanting for individual rights and self-responsibility? What does Stossel think this is, a free country?

His book Give Me a Break : How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media… by John Stossel (Feb 1, 2005) seems to speculate that it could be, or at least should be, or maybe once was.  This investigative reporter and former host of ABC’s 20/20 TV program has spent decades delving into the skulduggery of government and private enterprise alike.  Listen to him and you’d think both rich and poor want every handout they can get, and the federal government is more than willing to be just the one to give it to them.

Stossel covers a lot of bases in this book and weaves them in with many anecdotes about his personal reporting experiences.  Over-regulation, nannie state, vulture lawyers, super rich, junk science, OSHA, the FDA, free markets, cut the waste, free speech, and on and on and on.

Each chapter starts with a quote from a famous person.  One that says it all for me: “Liberty means responsibility.  That’s why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw.  And: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain.”  Thomas Jefferson.  (Doesn’t that seem exactly where we’re headed, if we haven’t already arrived.)

This book is easy reading and highly informative.  I recommend it.  C’mon Americans! Take your country, your LIVES, and your MINDS back!!

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