Pigs at the Trough

Pigs at the Trough

How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

Book - 2003
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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2003.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781400051267
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 21 cm.

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Dec 13, 2013

Hi, my name is Arianna and a company paid me billions for my web site, and I can't be bothered to share ANY OF IT with the bloggers who created it and keep it going!

So-called "former" rightwing nut, formerly married to a gay oil tycoon, claims now to be against corruption? More fiction from Ariana......

Feb 26, 2013

For someone who claims to be a libera? Claims to be for free speech, and makes numerous further false claims in this book about herself, Huffington sure does only want vanilla opinions and ideas at her well-known web site, loves all the misinformation and disinformation she can find, so I would suggest reading Nomi Prins' "Other People's Money" for a far more intelligent, thoughtful and honest take on this - - just cannot stand fraudsters like Arrianna the tricky neocon Greek.


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