Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It by Thom Hartmann

Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It

byThom Hartmann

Kobo ebook | April 28, 2007

Pricing and Purchase Info

$14.39 online 
$17.95 list price save 19%

Prices and offers may vary in store

Available for download

Not available in stores

about

By the bestselling author and XM and Sirius Satellite radio host heard on more than eighty radio stations coast to coast seven days a week Reveals how the middle class, nurtured as the backbone of democracy by our Founding Fathers, is being undermined by so-called conservatives Shows how we can reverse the erosion of the middle class and restore the egalitarian vision of the Founders Expanded edition with a new chapter on immigration and a new afterword by Greg Palast The American middle class is on its deathbed. Ordinary folks 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. America wasn't meant to be like this. Air America Radio host Thom Hartmann shows that our Founding Fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country--they'd had enough of aristocracy. They put policies in place to ensure a thriving middle class. When the middle class took a hit, beginning in the post-Civil War Gilded Age and culminating in the Great Depression, democracy-loving leaders like Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower revitalized it through initiatives like antitrust regulations, fair labor laws, the minimum wage, Social Security, and Medicare. So what happened? In the last twenty-five years, we've witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class. The so-called conservatives waging this war are only interested in conserving--and steadily increasing--their own wealth and power. Hartmann shows how, under the guise of "freeing" the market, they've systematically dismantled the programs set up by Republicans and Democrats to protect the middle class and have installed policies that favor the superrich and corporations. But it's not too late to return to the America our Founders envisioned. Hartmann outlines a series of commonsense proposals that will ensure that our public institutions are not turned into private fiefdoms and that people's basic needs--education, health care, a living wage--are met in a way that allows the middle class to expand, not shrink. America will be stronger with a growing, prospering middle class--rule by the rich will only make it weaker. Democracy requires a fair playing field, and it will survive only if We the People stand up, speak out, and reclaim our democratic birthright.

Title:Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about ItFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 28, 2007Publisher:Berrett-Koehler PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1605098698

ISBN - 13:9781605098692

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Screwed Written before the financial meltdown, I SCREWED is even more relevant now.
Date published: 2013-09-09