Titel: All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy
Autor/en: Jared Bernstein
BERRETT KOEHLER PUBL INC
Mai 2006 - kartoniert - 154 Seiten
So said American patriot Tom Paine. He, like the other Founders, saw this country as a unique opportunity to build a society that valued the wellbeing of all of its people over the interests of the few.
In the past 230 years, we've lost sight of Paine's vision. Our government has adopted a YOYO (you're-on-your-own) response in the face of even the most pressing national problems-diminished job security, the rising number of Americans without health coverage, stagnant incomes, decaying public schools, and more. "Here's a tax cut and a private account," they tell us, "now go fend for yourself."
It hasn't worked. The YOYO strategy has proven to be incapable of addressing the economic challenges that confront us and has instead led to a massive upward shift in wealth and opportunity favoring the few and deteriorating living standards and increasing insecurity for the rest of us.
All Together Now details an alternative WITT (we're-in-this-together) strategy for solving our most daunting problems. Detailing practical, collaborative responses to globalization, health care, employment, and other areas that could improve the lives of millions of Americans without increasing national spending, All Together Now shows that the challenges we face can be solved. Together, we can wield the tools of government to build a more just and equitable society.
Introduction: Ready or Not, You're on Your Own
chapter one: Risk Shifting, from Coolidge to Katrina
chapter two: The Economist behind the Curtain
chapter three: The "All Together Now" Plan
chapter four: How to Talk to a YOYO
conclusion: It Takes a Movement
Do YOYO Policies Yield Better Economic Outcomes?
About the Author
Jared Bernstein is senior fellow and director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. His areas of research include income and wage inequality, technologys impact on wages and employment, low-wage labour markets and poverty, minimum wage analysis, and international comparisons. Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labour. He has published extensively in popular and academic journals, including The American Prospect and Research in Economics and Statistics, and is the co-author of seven editions of The State of Working America. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Columbia University and lives in Washington, DC.
"Jared Bernstein is to most economic writers what Red Bull is to decaf latte. In All Together Now he makes such a rousing case for mutual responsibility and shared risk that you'll leap out of your chair and into action. Everyone in the sub-billionaire class needs to read this book and send a gift copy to his or her elected officials."
-Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch
"This vitally important and readable book couldn't have arrived at a better time. With common sense and common decency, Bernstein shows where we've gone off course and how to find our way back."
-Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor
"Jared Bernstein is a passionate economist who provides hard data to describe the world as it is, and ideas to make the world more just. All Together Now should be read and debated by all who know that the status quo is failing us and seek a daring and bracing examination of the reasons for our discontent."
-E. J. Dionne, syndicated columnist, author of Why Americans Hate Politics and Stand Up Fight Back, and Professor, Georgetown University