Uncle Sam Can't Count: A History Of Failed Government Investments, From Beaver Pelts To Green Energy

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

byBurton W., Jr. Folsom Jr.

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Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present—the fur trade to railroads, cars and chemicals, aviation to Solyndra—Uncle Sam Can't Count a sweeping work of conservative economic history that explains why the federal government cannot and should not pick winners and losers in the private sector, including the Obama administration.

From the days of George Washington through World War II to today, government subsidies have failed dismally argue Burt and Anita Folsom. Draining the Treasury of cash, they impede economic growth, and hurt the very companies receiving aid.

Why does federal aid seem to have a reverse Midas touch? As the Folsoms reveal, federal officials don't have the same abilities or incentives as entrepreneurs. In addition, federal control always equals political control of some kind. What is best for politicians is not often what works in the marketplace. Politicians want to win votes, and they can do so by giving targeted CEOs benefits while dispersing costs to others.

Filled with examples of government failures and free market triumphs, from John Jacob Astor to the Wright Brothers, World War II amphibious landing craft to Detroit, Uncle Sam Can't Count is a hard-hitting critique of government investment that demonstrates why business should be left exclusively to private entrepreneurs.

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Drawing on examples from the nation's past and present—the fur trade to railroads, cars and chemicals, aviation to Solyndra—Uncle Sam Can't Count a sweeping work of conservative economic history that explains why the federal government cannot and should not pick winners and losers in the private sector, including the Obama administrati...

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In their fascinating history of government misadventure, Burton and Anita Folsom show why the Obama administration's urge to pick winners and losers in the private sector is doomed to fail.From the days of George Washington through World War II to today, government investments have failed dismally. They not only drain the Treasury of c...

Burton W. Folsom Jr. is the Charles Kline Professor of History and Management at Hillsdale College, and the author ofNew Deal or Raw Deal?,The Myth of the Robber Barons, andFDR Goes to War, written with his wife, Anita. He has written for theWall Street Journal,American Spectator,Policy Review, andHuman Events.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062292692

ISBN - 13:9780062292698

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