A Nation of Moochers

America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

By Charles J. Sykes
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312547707, 307pp.)

Publication Date: January 17, 2012

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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 the Author
Charles Sykes is the author of three previous books, "ProfScam, The Hollow Men, "and "A Nation of Victims," A journalist who specializes in educational issues, he has written for and is frequently quoted by newspapers including "The New York Times, USA Today, "and "The Wall Street Journal. "He has appeared on "The Today Show, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, "and NPR's "Talk of the Nation "to discuss schooling. A senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Sykes lives with his wife and three children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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