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Kudos to Joe
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted April 27, 2011

Dear Gerry,

Loved Joe Pinter’s letter last week! Laughed all through it, even though the truth hurt.

If any readers are interested in learning more about how we common folk are constantly diddled, may I suggest Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston. Mr. Johnston has won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and in 2004 won the Investigative Book of the Year award for Perfectly Legal. It was his expose of a Bush tax proposal that resulted in the only tax ambush Bush called off. There’s a short bio of his laudable achievements at for those readers who’d like to check out Mr. Johnston’s credentials before getting the book. The full title of the book I suggested is Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill).

With Donald Trump getting pre-campaign media attention of late, many readers might also be interested in delving into Mr. Johnston’s eye-opening investigation into Mr. Trump’s actual financial state. For a quick glimpse into Mr. Trump’s financial activities, I just plugged "Donald Trump’s Business Ethics" into the computer and came up with quite a lot.

Another book for those of us who like to dig beneath the superficial political and media sound bites might be The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy by Joshua Holland. Mr. Holland comes up with aspects to consider that we would never think of.

I ran across Mr. Holland when he appeared on Book TV which is shown all day Saturday and Sunday on C-SPAN 2. A lot of folks aren’t aware of this fabulous benefit available every weekend. I constantly check in with Book TV to see if a thought-provoking author is discussing his/her latest book. I’ve discovered many wonderful writers and interesting information via Book can learn a lot even without reading the book!

Helen Liston

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