The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Gerald McEntee

The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream

Nation Books
Publication date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781568587226
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In the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and landmark Supreme Court decisions giving corporations license to inject unlimited funds into what were once free and fair elections, corporate-backed politicians are targeting ordinary Americans as never before. As two of the most important figures in American labor, AFSCME President Gerald McEntee and Secretary Treasurer Lee Saunders, show in their gripping new book, The Main Street Moment, efforts to crush what's left of the middle class and the American dream are being supported by those willing to stop at nothing to enshrine profits for the few at the expense of the many. But, as McEntee and Saunders demonstrate, these forces vastly underestimate the power of workers united for economic justice. How have we become a society where banks receive billion dollar zero interest government loans and homeowners get foreclosed on? How does Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pass unprecedented legislation limiting public worker bargaining power while filling his campaign coffers with cash furnished by the billionaire Koch Brothers? How does Governor John Kasich of Ohio blame school bus drivers for the crash after he spent years peddling toxic mortgages for Lehman Brothers in exchange for a $600,000 salary? As the two of them spin it, America's teachers, firefighters, sanitation workers and nurses are the culprits behind our economic collapse. These entitled public servants dare to demand health care benefits, pensions, and meager middle class wages. And their demands, our new breed of corporate politician cry, are what's wrong with America. Of course, American workers will not take assaults like this lying down. In fact, the unprecedented corporate predation and civil rights abuses wreaked in the first decade of this new century have triggered something extraordinary: the Main Street Moment. From Washington to Wisconsin, ordinary Americans are organizing an epic fight back against the crony capitalists trying to undo a century of hard-won enfranchisement. These Americans know that the best bulwark against economic calamity is organized labor. Unions brought you the weekend and the forty-hour work week; unions created the middle class. Now unions must save America those who would sacrifice democracy for the sake of profit.
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