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America Bends Over
on August 24, 2016
It's a shame most Americans will not read it. "Who Stole the American Dream?" puts together many of the disruptive conditions which have occurred in the last forty years and clearly explains why there is an ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. The majority of Baby Boomers embraced unfettered capitalism with little or no government oversight and, as a result, drove the American Dream right into the ground for most citizens. The highly-respected historian Mr. Smith, who is the author of the impressive books 'The Russians' and 'The Power Game', writes in a straightforward manner. The work is heavily annotated and devoid of sarcasm, so this baby's supported by facts and is leagues above rants by such bomb-throwing authors as Ann Coulter and her ilk.
'Who Stole the American Dream?' covers such topics as soulless American corporations shifting U.S. white-collar and blue-collar jobs overseas and decimating countless communities; the paradigm shift of politicians pandering strictly to the rich over our nation's citizens; how this new paradigm of bending over for Wall Street destroyed the middle class, the obscene rise of CEO and executive compensation; both the Washington Democrats and Republicans were/are at fault; debunking the myth of the American skills gap; the toxic GOP strategy of "Starving the Beast"; the cost of perpetual war; the greedy malfeasance in the sub-prime debacle (also watch the movie 'The Big Short'); the loony gutting of American manufacturing; it compares our dismal downward trajectory unlike Germany's healthier system; and how the large majority of Americans are nowhere near prepared for retirement. Thankfully, despite the overabundance of depressing information presented by Mr. Smith, he also gives ten clear steps we should take as Americans if we are to avoid being thrown on history's ash heap of great states.
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and the indifferent are all to blame. To return our country more to a democracy than the present quasi-plutocracy is the challenge from within. The threat to us is not foreign but domestic. Compromise is viewed, especially by the Far Right, as a weakness. It isn't. Compromise is ESSENTIAL for a democracy to not only function but survive. Mr. Smith's work is a healthy shot of reality and should get you upset. Our country and system of government is not indestructible. I'd like to leave this world knowing our kids didn't inherit a big turd because of us Baby Boomers.