How it was done:
The author was interviewed on Fresh Air last week. From the website:
Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explores in his new book how in recent years, government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the poor and the middle class to the rich and politically connected.
Cay Johnston covers tax policy for The New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on that beat. His previous book, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich â€” and Cheat Everybody Else, was a best seller.
His description of how the Current Federal Administrator got his fortune by spinning the Texas Rangers for taxpayers’ money and a tax increase is well worth the 45 minutes of the interview. (If you want to go right to it, it’s approximately–and I do mean approximately, as I was in the dental chair when I listened to it–it’s about 20 minutes in.)
Follow the link to the website; it’s well worth a listen.