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By Mike McCabe

Blue denims in excessive Places is either a hunt for misplaced political treasure and a how-to consultant for nursing American democracy again to future health. The e-book information how our political tradition has develop into diseased whereas whilst dispelling the cynical view that politics has continuously been love it is this present day and regularly may be. And it prescribes a groundbreaking medication. determining distinguishable sessions in which the nation's ruling type hired various tools of social, monetary and political regulate, writer Mike McCabe brings readers to phrases with the troubling truth that we are facing one other ancient second while democracy in the United States is giving strategy to oligarchy and offers this dismal interval a reputation that captures its essence. The e-book reaches again to episodes from the prior that talk powerfully to what our reaction can be to the present of yank democracy. stories of crooked political dealings, enterprising leaders, and memorable results produced via dirt-poor unlettered women and men compel us to check and distinction their challenge with our personal. And we're left with little selection yet to recognize that stipulations like cutting-edge were confronted before... and triumph over. Blue denims in excessive Places spells out six steps electorate can take this day to come back within the driver's seat of our govt. American politics is past due for a few wide protection. This booklet is set the place it's going to occur, who will do it, and the way.

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No wonder so many people feel disillusioned about politics and detached from the democratic process. The more the world changes and the more politics stays the same, the greater the cause for alienation. Inside-the-beltway pundits endlessly write and talk about the doings and failings of government and the whims and inclinations of voters, but with diminishing effect. American politics is growing increasingly disconnected from American life. This is not the first time in our nation’s history that politics has fallen out of step with the times.

This is why Democrats have lost the support of some of the poorest among us. Moving toward a one-for-all economy could start with a decisive move away from corporate welfare. One of the Republicans’ most beloved figures completed his transformation from lightweight actor to national political colossus in 1976 by spinning a fictitious yarn about a “welfare queen” on the south side of Chicago with 80 names, 30 addresses and 12 Social Security cards who was collecting veterans benefits for four nonexistent deceased husbands as well as other public aid that brought her tax-free income to over $150,000 a year.

When the Democrats won the hearts of a majority of people in the past, it was because the party had a big hand in creating things that tangibly benefited everyone or at least directly touched every American family in a major way. Social Security and Medicare. Rural electrification. The GI Bill. The interstate highway system. Two generations ago, when Clark County supported Frank Nikolay, the actions of Democrats were helping all of working-class America. Strong private and public sector unions were the financial backbone of the party.

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