So what happened? Air America Radio host Thom Hartmann shows that over the last twenty-five years, weâve witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class. The so-called conservatives waging this war are only interested in conservingâand steadily increasingâtheir own wealth and power. Hartmann shows how, under the guise of âfreeingâ the market, theyâve systematically dismantled the programs set up by both Republicans and Democrats to protect the middle class and have replaced them with policies that favor the only the privileged few.
But the middle class is the very thing that makes America great. Thomas Jefferson himself believed that our very democracy depends upon our ability to play referee to the game of business, protecting labor and the public good. It is both our right and our responsibility, Jefferson wrote, to control âovergrown wealthâ from becoming âdangerous to the state.â
We must not stand by while our democracy becomes a corporatocracy, serving an elite group of billionaire CEOs. There is another way. Thomas Jefferson knew how to build a middle class. Franklin Roosevelt knew how. Weâve done it before and we can do it, again. Following Hartmannâs commonsense proposals, we can recreate a prospering middle class that will ensure that our public institutions are not turned into private fiefdoms, meet peopleâs basic needsâfor education, health care, a living wageâand keep America strong,
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