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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It Paperback – April 28, 2007
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The book walks through so many of the big lies (taxes, big government, trickle down economics) of the faux conservatives-- which he calls, so appropriately-- "Cons."
As a publisher of a progressive website, I kept reading stretches of chapters and saying to myself-- "Wow, that would make a great article." While the book is a non-fiction book, it started off in the first two pages touching my heart, bringing tears to my eyes. (watching inconvenient truth brought tears too.) It is a very fast, smooth read. You do have to put it down every now and then, to deal with outrage build-up.
As usual with Hartmann's books (amazingly, Amazon lists over 200 results in a search for Thom Hartmann) he offers great solutions as well as unique, insightful perspectives on the problems.
I'm recommending this to my readers (300,000 unique visitors a month) at opednews dot com as the best book they'll see this year.
I'm also a big fan of his radio program, for 3 years now, and I've yet to hear Thom say that "a living wage" would be the equivalant to 18 bucks an hour. He has demonstrated that if you stimulate demand you improve the health of the economy, thus why the unemployment rate has dropped every time we've raised the minimum wage, short of those times when we had serious oil shortages, like in the 70's.
Even if we did raise it to 18 bucks an hour, the wage/productivity ratios at your average McDonalds would be still be better than 1:1, meaning McD's would still make a profit. As it is, it's a 1:4 ratio (meaning one week of sales pays for a month of labor), which was the same wage/productivity ratios in domestic industry immediately prior to the Republican Great Depression.
For anyone wanting to read a fine book, and to get familiarized with Thom Hartmann and his ideas, this couldn't be a better place to start....although What Would Jefferson Do? is great too.
This book is in no more a liberal volume than conservative one. It is a book about the American promise and American dream.
The neocons in charge are not true conservatives and I found this easy to read book points to the reason why.
True conservatives and true liberals want America to work the way it was founded to work and this book reminds us makes America great.
Reading it has made me feel good about America again. We still have a chance to recapture our real values.
Thom Hartmann's point is one that 99 percent of Americans can agree with: people working full-time should be able to live comfortably. This means establishing and protecting the middle-class, an idea that no longer holds true and hasn't since the early days of Reagan. Thom highlights what needs to be done, and what we the people need to do about it. Highly recommended for anyone isn't currently making over $3 million a year.
The book carefully describes several fundamentals of good government fought for by our early patriots--especially from 1770 to 1800. The new government born in 1775 and 1776 was a government of "We the People of the United States . . . [to] establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty . . ." [The Constitution of the United States of America, from the preamble.]
Without a large, prosperous middle class a democracy will decline and end in tyranny, as it did in the Roman Republic when the Republic became the Roman Empire during the reign of the first Caesar. As he pointed out, the current middle class in the United States: had its roots in the Depression and WWI; was established during 1946 through the 1950s; and started a steady decline around 1981 during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (President, 1981-89.)
The US trade deficit hit a high in 2005 of over $700 billion and will probably be at least $700 billion in 2006. To get a street-level idea of those trade deficits consider the allocation of these amounts to 100 million US citizen workers. Multiply $10 by 100 million and the sum is $1,000M or $1 billion. So, a debt of $1B would be equal to 100 million people owing $10 each.Read more ›
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started reading this book couldn't put it down.. Thom's writing is excellent!Published 3 months ago by Chilinc
Although I consider myself to be right-leaning, I decided to give this book a listen because I've been suspicious of a lot of the right's stances on economic and monetary issues. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Carter
We all need to read this. Hartmann paints a good picture of why, if we don't fight, we will continue to be screwed.Published 4 months ago by W J Wharton
Great read about the economic crisis that we are experiencing and whyPublished 4 months ago by Sharon Schwartz
One of the best books that demystifies why different policies that were introduced from 1980 till date by republican and one democratic president have altered the economy and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karthik R.