The Poverty Industry

The Poverty Industry

The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens

Book - 2016
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"In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America's most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue. The poverty industry is stealing billions in federal aid and other funds from impoverished families, abused and neglected children, and the disabled and elderly poor. As policy experts across the political spectrum debate how to best structure government assistance programs, a massive siphoning of the safety net is occurring behind the scenes. In the face of these abuses of power, Hatcher offers a road map for reforms to realign the practices of human service agencies with their intended purpose, to prevent the misuse of public taxpayer dollars, and to ensure that government aid truly gets to those in need"-- Publisher's website.
Publisher: New York ;, London :, New York University Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781479874729
Branch Call Number: 361.973 Hatcher 2016
Characteristics: x, 277 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 26, 2016

A phenomenal book, 30-Starred Review!!!
The author, Prof. Hatcher, who has a background in which he writes, both in the trenches and as an attorney, most adeptly follows the money in an encyclopedic manner, and his charts are incredible, and please pay close attention to the one one Sarah, or $arah, as a revenue producing profit center for the poverty industry. Also, on pp. 191-192, he lists recent criminal fines and out-of-court settlements on major players, totalling $11.648 billion - - so they did some really, really bad stuff! [And thanks for mentioning the Carlyle Group and Bain Capital, private equity leveraged-buyout firms figure heavily in the exorbitant costs in healthcare on many levels today!]
This book further enlightens me as to why our past corrupt governors in Washington state, Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire, both signed the Interstate Compact for Adult Offenders, bringing an estimate 3 out of 4 ex-convicts to the Seattle area and Puget Sound region [people should really wake up to this, as there should have been many more lawsuits against the state for this - - to date, to my knowledge, there has only been the settlement to the families by the state for the murders of those four police in Lacey, WA, some years ago].
And the absolute corrupt collusion between the state governments and their private contractors is infinitely nauseating, especially where New Jersey, Texas and Maryland are concerned.
The author details the plight of Mr. Derek Harvey, an honorable man attempting to do the right thing by his children [and other children], who is the victim of this utterly corrupt and nefarious corrupt set-up - - - - his heartbreaking and endlessly frustrating experience exemplifies the War on the Poor and Working Class today in America!
[Sidebar: I am so sick of hearing former // liberal \\ politicians, this time Richard Gephardt, on the boards of the sleaziest of anti-people corporations - - read a recent interview in NY Times Sunday book review with Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, and she falls into this category. Please familiarize yourself with her financial background and work history before falling for her idiotic drivel!]


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