Hey, You're Doing Great
an article in Newsweek by Marc Levinson
(our site's book review)
Even though Washington “bemoans the woes of the middle class,” this class is actually doing quite nicely, he says (it was 1995). Marc says that Washington is simply trying to get votes by portraying themselves as saviors of the masses, and unless they can point to a litany of woes, who are they going to save from what? Of course, that was then, this is now. In 2014, the middle class status is not at all "great." Also, this article was a pile of absurdities based on an incorrect definition of "middle-class." For Levinson's purposes, the middle class extended from above the bottom 40.3% of Americans, and up to the top 5.8%. Newsweek ought to be ashamed for printing such drivel.
Once again, those who represent the interests of America's wealthy and powerful are deliberately lying about what is going on in our country, using slanted statistics to act as a sleight-of-hand while they pick our pockets and channel the money into their own pockets.
The rich are shaking down the poor
The U.S. is a corporatocracy and an oligarchy. See 8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance. We need to counteract the deliberate lies of many of America's so-called "think-tanks", the media, the President, the corporatocracy, and the oligarchy, and get the real statistics from unbiased government sites. Or this site—see Research. The truth is that the middle class and lower class are doing poorly and their situations are getting worse, while the upper class and the top 1% especially are making out like bandits. (See The US is an oligarchy, study concludes.)
The top 1% in the U.S. are making out like bandits
The gap between rich and poor is huge BECAUSE THE GAME IS RIGGED!
The inequality between the top and the bottom has widened precipitously. Redefining classes in order to slant statistics is simply propaganda of the worst sort. So Levinson's taunt of "unless they can point to a litany of woes" has backfired. They CAN. The woes are all too real. And our politicians are selling us out. See Who Will Tell The People?: The Betrayal Of American Democracy and Supercapitalism.
The U.S. is a corporatocracy and an oligarchy, the effect of which is that democracy is taking it on the chin
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- Who Will Tell The People?: The Betrayal Of American Democracy
- Doing Democracy
- A Dream Deferred
- Yearning for Democracy
- Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy
- Democracy On Trial
- A Democracy Or A Delusion?
- When Corporations Rule the World
- America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else
- 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed
- Anticipatory Democracy
- The Rise of Global Civil Society: Building Communities and Nations from the Bottom Up
- All the Myriad Ways
- The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives
- National Security and Double Government
- America: What Went Wrong?
- Discarding Democracy: Return to the Iron Fist
- What’s gone wrong with democracy: Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it?