Third World America

Third World America

How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream

Book - 2010
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The United States of America is in danger of becoming a Third World nation. The evidence is all around us: Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow's workforce to land good 21st century jobs; our infrastructure is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties. Our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did. Finally, she shows what we need to do to stop our freefall.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307719829
0307719820
Branch Call Number: 330.973 Huffingt
330.973 Huffingt
Characteristics: xi, 276 p. ; 22 cm

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StarGladiator
Oct 31, 2013

A confusing book, by a confusing person, who was a short time back a conservative, but now claims to be a "liberal" (oh really?). Practises censorship on her web site, seeking to keep it as vanilla as possible for advertising revenues, sold her site awhile back, pocketing all the money and spreading none of it around to the major contributors, raves about books like "The Shadow Elite" by a relatively conservative academic (George Mason University) which is really a misdirectional type book (look over there, don't look closer at hand). America is already a third world nation, and Arianna, as usual, is way behind the curve, either purposely or incompetently.

thart Mar 25, 2013

Read for "Real World Reads" non-fiction book club at Crystal Lake Public Library for March 2013. The woman is a genius, I am ready to elect her right now! A lot of what is in this book I have been saying for years, and I was very surprised. I thought this was one of this years book club reads that I was not going to like when I read the title. I do not know much about her, but I will start paying attention to her now and I will start looking at The Huffington Post online. I thought she was spot-on about the issues, how they arose, and had some very smart ideas on how to fix the mess. I found her willing to poke at people on both sides of the aisle in Washington, but more importantly, she looked at the root causes of the issues and not just the symptoms. She did not spend all of her time blaming politicians but looked at the key figures, organizations, banks, and other factors that are the real causes. I think every politician needs to read this book and every voter as well: we elect them, they should speak for us and act in our interests, not in the interests of lobbyists and corporations. The book club discussion was energetic and the book gave us some great jumping-off points for some great discourse on these serious issues.

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JohnFDavidson
Jan 19, 2011

Arianna has done a good job of explaining problems in the US. Income inequality, with a bought Congress. The rich exploit the poor in many ways and are short sighted. She does offer some solutions that boil down to the masses need to get educated and organized. Points to websites of movements to take money out of politics which will not happen unless many more people wake up to how they are being used against their best interests. Her website, Huffington Post is one of my favorites, but often gets carried away with expecting more of those who are basically on the same side. Certainly gives a good perspective on the current situation and it is up to the readers to move closer to solutions instead of just complaining.

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Dec 21, 2010

The decline of the middle class is a serious problem for the US, but some of the advice in this book fringes on left wing wishful thinking

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