Author tour. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Phillips's first book, The Emerging Republican Majority The frustration of middle America resulted in the Clinton presidency. This latest book establishes Phillips as America's Aristotle, the first advocate of a strong middle class to assure a stable society.
Boiling Point may become the political bible of the s. It deserves the widest possible audience. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In the election of , support for George Bush plunged to a level below Herbert Hoover's in as many middle-class suburbs voted Democratic and Ross Perot surged.
In this book, Kevin Phillips shows how this populist explosion revealed a powerful new political force: widespread frustration over the decline of middle-class prosperity and the threat to the American dream. Teenage homelessness in the Chicago suburbs There had been declines before, but no previous postwar downturn so damaged the white middle class as a whole or raised such fears that Americans might lose the unique economic privileges that they have enjoyed since World War II. Boiling Point shows in dismaying detail what has happened to the middle class since the s in disposable income, earnings, home values, job prospects, public services, assets and net worth, pension safety and health insurance, and the next generation's prospects of enjoying the same rising living standards and upward mobility as its parents had.
And it was not a natural result of adverse global trends but of deliberate political choices.
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In the Reagan-Bush years American leaders who had once spoken up for the average family were celebrating investors, speculators, and the rich, shifting the burden of taxes from the wealthy to the middle class while starving public services and disregarding the growing debt that would punish future generations. The populist anger so vivid in is not a onetime phenomenon.
It will persist, Phillips says, until the middle class resumes the road to prosperity under government policies that it considers fair. It is on this that the politics of the s now depends. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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Kevin Phillips has written several really meaningful books, and this is one. Kevin Philips hits another home run about this countries economic cliff. His analogy about the US and countries that lost their empire status should terrify every american. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase.
Phillips is an extraordinary writer. He is also non partisan. His analysis is spot on and very compelling.
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I would recommend him to anyone. One person found this helpful. Format: Paperback. Back in Kevin Phillips saw clearly what most of us certainly me did not see until much later - how earnings, job prospects and security, government services, pension safety nets, and even home values would come under fire. Phillips also included healthcare in his list - a correct prediction, though for now supposedly ameliorated per ObamaCare. The culprit - free-market conservatism ideology that brought tax reductions, financial deregulation, regulatory permissiveness, and glorification of the rich.
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For whose benefit - the rich. Per Phillips, the s were the last indisputably 'good decade' for the American middle class. Eisenhower signed civil rights legislation and sent federal troops to integrate a Little Rock high school in , it was Lyndon B. Bush , as well as third-party candidate Ross Perot. Bush in the electoral college, after the U. Supreme Court called a halt to a manual recount of disputed Florida ballots.
Opposition to Obama and his policies, particularly health care reform, fueled the growth of the conservative, populist Tea Party movement, helping Republicans make huge gains in Congress during his two terms in office. And in , after a tough primary battle with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders , former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton captured the Democratic nomination, becoming the first female presidential nominee of any major party in U.
But against most expectations, Clinton lost in the general election that November to businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump , while Republican gains in congressional elections left Democrats in the minority in both the House and Senate.
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