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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Viking; 10th Printing edition (2006)
  • ASIN: B003L2JSTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,028,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you read this book you will get so angry at times you will close the book.
R. Courter Jr.
As Lou put so well illegal immigration is the other side of the same coin as trade agreements such as NAFTA.
Donald S. Waller
Excellent book If you agree with Lou Dobbs point of view you will find positive reinforcement in this book.
Dennis

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161 of 176 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An insightful look at the divergence of interests between those that run the country, not just the elected officials but business leaders and special interest groups as well, and the rest of us who live in it. This book is very well researched, elegantly written, relatively objective, and rather deep. It addresses concerns such as trade policy (e.g., NAFTA, GATT, outsourcing), national security (e.g., illigal immigration, border security), social issues (e.g., gay marriage, abortion rights), and a whole lot more. Whether you agree with what's written or not, it really makes you think... The only down side is that it does a bit better job of explaining how we got here than it does on how to "fix" the problem. Since there are no easy answers I'm willing to give it a five star rating anyway.

I never thought I'd say this about any book, but everyone really should read this one. It covers important stuff that affects each and every one of us directly and indirectly. It will give you a lot to think about and a few things to take action on at the voting booth and elsewhere. You can vote with your money, your time, and your actions as well as your ballot.

Although the author has a conservative bias, by no means does he come across as a "party line" hack. In fact he points out the foibles of both major partys rather even-handedly.

Very well done Mr. Dobbs! I'm impressed.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Donald S. Waller on December 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just finished it. Great book.

For a long period of time I have been a bit depressed over politics in general. Both parties have been seemingly captured by zealots. The far left continues to advocate virtually any idea the pushes the moral envelope, or has the potential to showcase their "humanity" at tax payer expense. The far right has a basic economic philosophy of rationalized greed and Social Darwinism.

To a large degree left without a political party is the middle class. People like me who are married with kids in school, a college graduate, with bills and commitments everywhere. We are just trying to make sure we have a job at a livable wage, all the bills are paid, and perhaps we even have a few of beers left in the fridge at the end of the month. Lou Dobbs speaks to me.

His ideas on immigration and trade are dead on. Our basic economic self-interest has been ignored by politicians in favor of grand and ultimately failed intellectual experiments. Illegal immigration devalues manual labor, as does any trade agreement that fosters off shoring of jobs. As Lou put so well illegal immigration is the other side of the same coin as trade agreements such as NAFTA. Simply put businesses and employers who want to do business in a middle class society like America, but do not want to pay a middle class wage. Instead they search for cheap labor then move jobs there. Or in the case of illegal immigration allow the cheap labor to come to them. The bottom line with all of these kinds of policies is more misery in the form of higher taxes, (or increased debt for our kids), and stagnant wages. This for those who play by the rules and try to do the right thing everyday. Nice.

The end of the book was perhaps the most thought provoking and uplifting.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dobbs begins by pointing out that America has become a society owned by corporations, and its political system is dominated by corporate and special interests. There is no countervailing influence - labor unions are nearing extinction, the media takes the easy way out (equal time to both sides) and doesn't investigate, universities are dependent on the federal government, corporations, and the wealthy, and churches tend to expand their political energy on issues like gay marriage. The middle class is being beaten down by illegal immigration, inability to pay for health care, declining availability of pensions, outsourcing and corporate bankruptcies, an increasing share of taxes, and rising income inequality and federal deficits.

Corporate income taxes made up 1/3 of federal revenues 50 years ago - now it is only 1/8. Washington D.C. has over 34,000 lobbyists. Foreign countries and major corporations take large stock positions in media companies to influence reporting. Nearly 50% of personal bankruptcies are the result of illness; a majority of filers had health insurance. Meanwhile, Congress runs up huge deficits and tries to repeal the estate tax, and business creates numerous new lobbying groups cloaked in deceitful language and nomenclature.

Trade agreements now incorporate large amounts of international law - violations (eg. "buy American," limits on urban sprawl opposed by foreign investors) would be taken to international court.

Corporate taxes are at the lowest level in about 100 years, profits account for the largest share of national income in 40 years, and the share going to workers is at its lowest level in 40 years.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Sumerford on January 15, 2007
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Lou Dobbs' War on the Middle Class is a masterpiece for understanding the main reasons for the decline of the middle class and the American Dream during the last two decades. Congress and the White House have become pawns to large corporations and powerful special interest groups. Both Democrat and Republican parties have succumbed to corporate contributions and squadrons of well-financed lobbyists. Labor unions--once a major defender of working men and women--have lost power and some union officials seem preoccupied with pleasing large corporations, rather than defending their members. Many of our churches failed to stress the importance of the US Constitution, fair trade (not so-called Free Trade) and the protection of our American middle class. His economics are sound. (My education includes a MBA with a minor in economics.)

Dobbs cites the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 as an example of federal legislation largely written by banking and credit card mega corporations. The leading cause of personal bankruptcy is medical costs caused by severe illness or accident. There is no exemption for these victims under this new federal legislation.

National sovereignty--and the protection it affords to US citizens from foreign countries and foreign corporations--has eroded under federal policies of Free Trade and a global marketplace. The US Constitution and our representative Congress are being replaced by UN dictates and fast-track trade agreements signed by the President and cheered on by multinational corporations.

Lou Dobbs has outlined and then detailed the War on the Middle Class. Not only is the US middle class under attack, the lower class is being held down.
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