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Author Event: DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, The Fine Print
11/28/2012 7:30 pm
David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind (Portfolio)
Whether he's exposing unjust loopholes in the tax code
that help the rich get richer or pointing out how powerful corporations
pocket government subsidies at excessive taxpayer expense, bestselling
author Johnston (Free Lunch) is an eloquent town crier for justice and
equality. Now this local writer has turned his attention to the sneaky
stipulations hidden in the fine print of just about every contract and
government rule. He reveals how businesses, with the consent of
government agencies, rip off consumers in plain sight. No other modern
country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to
gouge customers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play.
Although Johnston's research is meant to shame those responsible for
this injustice, the book also serves to empower recipients of the bills
so they can demand repayment and maybe even systemic reform. The author
hopes to encourage organized campaigns aimed at all levels and branches