For all their talk of "fighting them there, so we don't fight them here", there is a very real war that the Bush Administration policies are waging here on our shores: The War Against The Middle Class . Despite the rosy characterizations of our economy from pundits, there is real data that shows that the American Dream may be just that--a dream--for a growing percentage of Americans, who struggle with a larger debt burden.
Thom Hartman, an Air America personality and author, has written an interesting book SCREWED: The Undeclared War on the Middle Class on what he terms "the death of the middle class" that I've just started reading. Hartman makes a fairly compelling case for a "Fair Market Economy" vs. the neocons' beloved Free Market Economy, which history has shown has benefitted just the top percentage and caused a greater and greater chasm between the upper and middle classes.
Elizabeth Warren speaks to Newsweek as to the dangers of the new bankruptcy bill and what it means to middle class families. And Nickel and Dimed author, Barbara Ehrenreich, enumerates the all-too-familiar dangers of the white collar job market in her new book, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
So what do you think? Have the policies of this administration struck the death knell for the American middle class?