I took off one star because I really didn't appreciate the author labeling athletes and doctors as "thieves" because they generally overcharge for their services and do little to advance society as a whole. I'll have to listen to that chapter again to get the full grasp of what he's talking about.
Aside from that, I do agree with his overall point that technology "eats people" by devouring jobs. I also agree with the author in that this is a necessary part of society's advancement. It's hard to understand how unions slow economic growth until he compares public transit in China to that of New York and offers other examples of how unions delay technological progress. Very thought provoking, though a bit unsettling.
This books is full of lots of interesting riches to rags stories, but it also explains why it's better to have a middle class driven economy than a richistan driven economy. Politicians need to quit worshipping the rich and read this book, and then they need to pass a law that caps all political contributions at $500 or less.
About 3 months ago, I weighed 206 lbs. Now I'm 186. I try to tell my friends and coworkers that they don't need the carbs, but they won't listen. All I can do is continue to follow the rules in this book and SHOW them what a low carb diet can do.
It helps to listen to the book more than once especially when I get the cravings for sweets.
Love the story, love the narrator's thick Scottish accent. I didn't like the parts where the narrator sung. They should've just used Boyle's real voice for that part. I also wish the book had gone into detail about why Boyle never married, but I guess that'll come in a later book.
Finally, a CEO explains in plain english why manufacturing jobs are necessary for America's economy and what the government can do to help create them.
And no, it's not the high cost of labor!
The author explains how higher productivity of American workers actually saves companies time and money. It's all the complex and inconsistent regulations that very from state to state that hold companies back. Business leaders have to plan for the long term, so tax credits that only offer temporary relief are just not enough. Other countries use long term incentives to get companies to build their factories there, but the US govement just doesn't get it. I wish all lawmakers would read this and put more effort into creating a system that encourages business leaders from all over the world to build their factories here.
I've read many books on the financial crisis and so far, this one has been the most interesting.
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