Killer Politics: How Big Money and Bad Politics Are Destroying the Great American Middle Class
Hyperion, May 17, 2010 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
The middle class, where the greatness of this nation is rooted, is under siege by an increasingly unethical system, managed by economic vampires who are sucking the lifeblood out of the American family and ripping the heart out of democracy itself. Big money-and the politicians who are swayed by it-play both parties against each other, using this false battle to distract most of us from the real war, which is a war against the American family.
This is it, folks . . . the moment of truth. This will be the moment historians will look back upon and either say it was the moment this great ship of state corrected its course, or the moment it sailed completely away from its democratic ideals.
To succeed, we have to reach back and rediscover our greatness. Progress may not come as fast as we, in our impatience and impertinence, demand. But if we are patient and persistent, it will come.
All good things in life require a heavy lift, so roll up your sleeves. We are not done yet.
--from Killer Politics
According to a 2008 Pew Report, more than half of all Americans self-identify as middle class--but the actual number of Americans with middle-class incomes is declining. The middle class is going away. As increasing numbers of Americans are faced with obstacles to education, health care, jobs, and equity, the middle class as a financial bracket is being replaced by the middle class as little more than a state of mind. The richest Americans are growing exponentially wealthier, while the rest of us struggle to bear the financial and emotional burdens of an increasingly broken system.
In Killer Politics, Ed Schultz pulls the wool back from our eyes, shows us what the state of the middle class really is, and gives us the tools we need to fight back.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Ed Schultz is the host of a syndicated radio show and The Ed Show on MSNBC. As a big name, Ed now has another platform to deliver his message: his book. The premise of Killer Politics is that it's not the left-right, conservative-liberal, democratic-republican dichotomies that have ruined America, but big oil and big business. As big oil and big business infested our political system, they destroyed our middle, working class-- the teachers, the auto workers, the coal miners-- the backbone of the American economy. Growing up in a middle-class family, Ed knows the importance of the middle class to the American economy. In Killer Politics, Ed lays out his common sense, bipartisan plan to get America-- and specifically her middle class-- up and running again. If this book doesn't make you proud to be an American, I don't know what will.
Review: Killer Politics: How Big Money and Bad Politics Are Destroying the Great American Middle ClassUser Review - Goodreads
I actually got to meet ed and get this book signed in Seattle. He is just so right (correct) on the issues! Long live progressives!