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Class war in America : how economic and political conservatives are exploiting low- and middle-income Americans
Kelly, Charles M.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : Fithian Press, 2000.
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237 pages ; 23 cm
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HC106.8 .K44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Conservatives, as a matter of policy and strategy, have been waging financial warfare against working-class Americans for 20 years, throughout the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, according to Kelly, a scholar of communication, ethics, and management with a long resume. He lets them condemn themselves in quotations from the elite business journals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Kelly is the author of The Great Limbaugh Con and Other Right-Wing Assaults on Common Sense (1994), in which he countered many of the outspoken conservative broadcaster's daily assertions. Kelly mans the ramparts again, this time to beat back the endless barrage fired by Business Week, Barron's, Fortune, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Kelly uses direct quotes from these publications to document the many ways the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. He warns that we continue to be conned into believing that free trade, technological development, income tax cuts, and deregulation all help everyone. The truth, insists Kelly, is that only "the top 20 percent of Americans" benefit. In particular, he charges that the effect--and intent--of policies to promote growth and check inflation are really to control income levels. Throughout, Kelly is unabashedly partisan; "never, ever, vote for a Republican, anywhere, for anything," he rails. --David Rouse

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 15
The Briefp. 23
Part 1 Class Warfare: Strategies and Their Effects
1. Traditional Conservatism: To Keep Wages Low, Quietly Manipulate the Primep. 35
2. The "Wage Inflation" Con: It's Not Wage Inflation, It's Profit Inflationp. 44
3. The Great Debate, and a New Conservative Strategyp. 53
4. Economic Growth: The Conservatives' Catch-22p. 60
5. Unmanaged "Free" World Tradep. 68
6. Guess What: You Are Now a "Worker"p. 76
7. All Power to Investors; Absolutely None for Workersp. 84
8. The Victimization of American Workers and the New American Moralityp. 100
9. The Coalition from Workers' Hell: Republicans and Conservative Democratsp. 110
Part 2 The Conning of America
10. How Conservatives Lie with Statisticsp. 117
11. Taxes, and the 1993 Lesson in Econ. 101p. 127
12. Taxes, Republicans, and Working Americansp. 134
13. The Conservative Takeover of Social Securityp. 149
14. Corporations Should Run Our Country?p. 161
15. Who Protects the Freedoms that Count?p. 170
Part 3 The War Against Traditional Values
16. How to Destroy Traditional American Valuesp. 185
17. The New American Royaltyp. 201
18. Time Is Getting Shortp. 209
19. Workers of America, Unite! Because Conservatives Already Have, and They Own Congress and the Presidencyp. 224
Notesp. 233