978-1-57675-463-4 / 9781576754634

Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents (Paperback))


Publisher:Berrett-Koehler Publishers



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The American middle class is on its deathbed. People who put in a solid day's work can no longer afford to buy a house, send their kids to college, or even get sick. If you're not a CEO, you're probably screwed. As Air America Radio Host, Thom Hartmann shows, this death is no accident. Like the Founding Fathers, patriots such as Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower knew that economic opportunity and democracy go hand-in-hand. They believed in maximizing the public good and they worked tirelessly to build the strongest middle class the world has ever seen. But now, under the guise of "freeing the market," conservative and corporate forces are waging a covert war against the middle class, dismantling policies like Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage, and fair labor laws - the very safeguards that foster economic opportunity and citizen engagement.The result is an economic system designed to line the pockets of the super-rich, the impending extinction of the middle class, and a very real, very dangerous threat to democracy itself. Hartmann shows that it's not too late to return to the America that our founders envisioned. Democracy requires a fair playing field. It will survive only if "We", the people stand up, speak out, and reclaim our democratic birthright. This updated and expanded paperback edition will contain new information on reframing the immigration debate, what the results of the 2006 midterm elections mean for the middle class, and showing how the middle class is paying dearly for our dependence on "cheap" oil.

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