A Nation of Moochers

America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing

Charles J. Sykes

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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.

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Chapter 1
 

A NATION OF MOOCHERS
 
We are all born moochers; whether we choose to remain so determines our character and our future. All we have to lose is our dependency.
 
 
Is America becoming a country where the irresponsible and grasping increasingly live off of those who work, save, invest, and otherwise play by the rules? Have we reached a tipping point where more Americans are relying on the efforts of others rather than their own?
Are we becoming a nation of moochers?
We are very close to that point if we have not already crossed the line.

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“Charlie Sykes has hit another home run. The author of Profscam and A Nation of Victims takes aim at America's growing culture of entitlement and delivers a fusillade as hilarious as it is sobering. Sykes shows in devastating detail how we have slipped from being a nation of independent men and women to being a nation of moochers, happy to feed on the labors of others.  A Nation of Moochers is partly the report of a cultural pathologist, partly the tough-love prescription of a skilled social physician. Sykes outlines the nature and depth of our malady and expertly lays out the recovery plan. Buy it. Read it. Everyone not part of the welfare-industrial complex will be glad you did.” —Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Politicized Our Higher Education and The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America

“Charlie Sykes’ A Nation of Moochers provides a much-needed wakeup call for a nation approaching two perilous tipping points: a moral one and a fiscal one.  With our country facing unprecedented challenges and stark political choices, principled leaders will benefit from Sykes’ clear vision, keen insight and intellect.  If we’re serious about getting our nation back on track, then we would be wise to follow the lessons laid out in A Nation of Moochers.” —Paul Ryan, Member of Congress

“Brilliant… A nation of moochers really does encapsulate our problem about  a schizophrenic electorate that understands that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but still wants to get the free candy.” —Michelle Malkin


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Charles J. Sykes

CHARLES J. SYKES is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and is the author of six previous books: A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School.

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A Nation of Moochers
America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing
Charles J. Sykes

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St. Martin's Press
January 2012
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ISBN: 9781429951074
ISBN10: 1429951079
288 pages
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St. Martin's Press
January 2012
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ISBN: 9780312547707
ISBN10: 0312547706
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April 2013
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