The Big Handout

How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live in and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills

By Thomas M. Kostigen
(Rodale Press, Hardcover, 9781609611132, 288pp.)

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

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Just reading the word “subsidies” may cause many people’s eyes to glaze over. We don’t think it
affects us directly, so we tune out. But it turns out that this complicated-sounding issue has an enormous impact on all of us. The Big Handout is about bad fiscal, environmental, agricultural, water, energy, health, and foreign policies. And it’s a story about just one thing—subsidies.
 A subsidy is a grant by the government to a private business that is deemed advantageous to the
public. Cotton, wheat, corn, soy, and oil are the most subsidized commodities in the United States. In
this eye-opening book, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Kostigen explores government policies that cost taxpayers $200 billion per year, over $1,500 per household. In some cases we pay more for subsidized goods than we’d pay in a free market—and, in the most shocking abuses of the subsidy system, we pay for goods that aren’t even produced.
The Big Handout exposes how artificial pricing hurts us and people worldwide, from our waistlines
and pocketbooks to our health. By revealing just how toxic America’s subsidy system has become, for everyone, The Big Handout is a wake-up call that empowers readers to effect change.




About the Author
Thomas M. Kostigen is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Green Book. He writes the Ethics Monitor column for Dow Jones MarketWatch and the Better Planet column and blog for Discover magazine. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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