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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Pigs at the Trough for exposing
who is really controling our lives through ther control of most of
the money. They have most of it and we get what's left over.

Pigs at the Trough
How Corporate Greed and Political
Corruption are Undermining America

Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington (2004) - 304 pages
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Who filled the trough? Who set the table at the banquet of greed? How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with their leftovers?

Provocative political commentator Arianna Huffington yanks back the curtain on the unholy alliance of CEOs, politicians, lobbyists, and Wall Street bankers who have shown a brutal disregard for those in the office cubicles and on the factory floors. As she puts it: “The economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway.” Yet it has been, allowing corporate crooks to bilk the public out of trillions of dollars, magically making our pensions and 401(k)s disappear and walking away with astronomical payouts and absurdly lavish perks-for-life.

The media have put their fingers on pieces of the sordid puzzle, but Pigs at the Trough presents the whole ugly picture of what’s really going on for the first time—a blistering, wickedly witty portrait of exactly how and why the worst and the greediest are running American business and government into the ground.

Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski, Adelphia’s John Rigas, and the Three Horsemen of the Enron Apocalypse—Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andrew Fastow—are not just a few bad apples. They are manifestations of a megatrend in corporate leadership—the rise of a callous and avaricious mind-set that is wildly out of whack with the core values of the average American. WorldCom, Enron, Adelphia, Tyco, AOL, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, and the other scandals are only the tip of the tip of the corruption iceberg.

Making the case that our public watchdogs have become little more than obedient lapdogs, unwilling to bite the corporate hand that feeds them, Arianna Huffington turns the spotlight on the tough reforms we must demand from Washington. We need, she argues, to go way beyond the lame Corporate Responsibility Act if we are to stop the voracious corporate predators from eating away at the very foundations of our democracy.

Devastatingly funny and powerfully indicting, Pigs at the Trough is a rousing call to arms and a must-read for all those who are outraged by the scandalous state of corporate America.

11-25-15 HIV pill in 5,000% price rise will be made cheaper in US
HIV pill in 5,000% price rise will be made cheaper in US
The company that sparked an outcry by raising the price of its HIV drug in the US by 5,000% says it will cut its price for some users. But only by 50%. It still is at a 2,500% price increase. Martin Shkreli's drug company Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to 62-year old drug Daraprim and increased the price per pill from $13.50 to $750. Turing said it will cut the price by 50% for hospitals and offer financial assistance to individuals. However, the company will keep its list price at the new higher level. In September Turing promised to reduce the price. The pill costs around $1 for patients in Europe. (Webmaster's comment: This news article kind of makes the point about CORPORATE PIGS doesn't it.)

About the Author

Arianna Huffington is a national syndicated columnist and author of nine books, including two international bestsellers. She is also cohost of "Left, Right and Center," a weekly radio show nationally syndicated on public radio.

Huffington servers on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including the Points of Light foundation and A Place Called Home that works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Archer School for Girls, the advisory board of the Council on American Politics at George Washington University, and the board of the Reform Institute that works on campaign and election reform issues.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. At twenty-one she became President of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Arianna Huffington currently lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.

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Pigs at the Trough
How Corporate Greed and Political
Corruption are Undermining America

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Pigs at the Trough for exposing
who is really controling our lives through ther control of most of
the money. They have most of it and we get what's left over.