- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (January 23, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594865728
- ISBN-13: 978-1594865725
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time 1st Edition
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Schumer, Democratic U.S. senator from New York, offers a positive message for middle-class Americans--just in time for the presidential elections of 2008. The timing will prick readers' curiosity about Schumer's ambitions. Whether he's a candidate or not, his book presents an interesting perspective by an influential member of a party that has recently regained control of Congress. Schumer conjures an imagined composite American family, the Baileys, a family that he says inspires his legislative efforts. Schumer then outlines 11 goals to be achieved in 10 years to improve the lives of the Baileys: increase reading and math skills by boosting federal spending in schools, reduce illegal immigration and encourage legal immigration by creating a biometric national employment card, reduce dependency on foreign oil, and lower cancer mortality. Interspersed throughout is Schumer's own life story, from his involvement in politics as a Harvard undergrad canvassing for Senator Eugene McCarthy to the triumph of Democratic leadership in the 2006 elections. Whatever readers may think of Schumer and his policies, he has found an effective way to convey his political positions. Vanessa Bush
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“This is must reading for anyone who cares about winning in 2008.” ―Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Schumer, Democratic U.S. senator from Brooklyn, offers a positive message for middle-class Americans . . . his book presents an interesting perspective of an influential member of a party that has recently regained control of national politics . . . [H]e has found an effective way to convey his political positions.” ―Vanessa Bush, Booklist
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by Senator Chuck Schumer
(Rodale, New York , 2007, 274pp)
I am surprised to be recommending Senator Chuck Schumer's Positively American and yet it is a very powerful and effective book.
Schumer is a liberal and very positive Democrat but he is also very smart and has some profound insights into contemporary American thinking.
For any Republican who would like to understand what happened in 2006, the Schumer explanation is compelling and sobering. He and Rahm Emmanuel have understood that a hard left Democratic Party will never be a majority. They were prepared to recruit candidates who were electable and to accept that those candidates would infuriate their more liberal wing. They saw a center-left majority as preferable to a happy leftwing minority. It is a formidable warning about how they will run 2008 and beyond.
Furthermore, Schumer has a much better sense for middle class than I would have expected. He is thinking a lot about how to understand the needs and concerns of middle class and how to develop programs which will appeal to the middle class vote.
Schumer's reelection by 71% (a new york record) was not an accident. He has a serious, thorough understanding of how to emphasize issues and achievements which will appeal to moderate voters who would be infuriated by the left wing of the democratic party.
Finally Schumer lists 11 major areas of solutions. Republicans could easily coopt half of those solutions and challenge Senator Schumer to help pass them into law.
This is a smart book by an intelligent, liberal Democrat who is determined to turn his party into a governing majority again. It is worth study by every Republican who would like their party and their center-right philosophy to prevail.
1. The first half of the book is NOT a discussion involving middle class issues or policies--it is an autobiographical de-briefing of his activities and observations: "I'm a numbers person. I read polls; I love analyzing data...I periodically get briefings....these numbers shocked me. For years, I had known...I had no idea..." THIS, from one paragraph on pg 79. Nonetheless, he is interesting, and his writing style is very conversational! [Just wasn't what I pulled the book for].
2. No footnotes, despite constant 'facts': "...two-thirds of the promising, approved cancer research in this country never gets the money needed..." [pg. 201] Continue for another example.
3. For a deep, bright, 'thinker,' he succumbs to wishful thinking unencumbered by reality. Example [pg 129]: he provides [unsupported] facts regarding hourly wage increases for college grads between 1980 and 2003, then concludes from THAT that "despite outsourcing, over the next century Americans who are well educated will have their pick of jobs."...blissfully ignorant of changes in our economy, effects of continued globalization, and an endangered middle class since the 80s/90s, but relying 100% on a comment made by lunch companion Alan Greenspan that "globalization will work for us." Ex.#2: Bear Stearns was outsourcing a software engineer's job to an overseas worker. After lunch with Mr. Greenspan, Sen. Schumer writes about the engineer: "I never met him again, but the odds are very high that he was able to find a job as good as the one he lost."[pg. 130]. I wouldn't have the guts to write that.
With this depth of analysis, it would be hard to take either his facts, conclusions, or proposals seriously. In snippets on the news, I found him curiously interesting, and even sent him an e-mail once on his 'enlightenment.' I now have reason to be disappointed.