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

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781576754634
ISBN-10: 1576754634
Format: Paperback
(82mm x 54mm x 7mm)
Pages: 249
Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Thom Hartmann

National radio host Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in more than a dozen languages on four continents. Hartmann is also an entrepreneur, an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, he has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children in India, Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Israel, Russia, and the United States. His national radio program, syndicated by Air America Radio, is carried on more than eighty stations across the United States and on Sirius Satellite Radio. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Louise, and his attack cat, Higgins. You can find him on the Web at www.thomhartmann.com.

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