Johnston is careful to point out that not all wealthy people fall into the temptation of manipulating our government to create an uneven playing field. And, I am not sure I agree with all of Johnston’s skepticism of existing laws. Still, this book raises my awareness of corruption in our government and helps me understand why inequality is growing in our nation. It also puts into perspective the cries against “wealth-redistribution” programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Let us continue to pray and work for an economy that upholds stewardship and solidarity, a system in which greed is not allowed to deny others a good job and economic security.
Review of Free Lunch—How the Wealthiest American’s Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill), by David Cay Johnston (2007). BY MARY JOHNSON—Chair, Holland Bread Team.