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CNN anchor Lou Dobbs does not mince words in this provocative book about the political and business forces that are squeezing the U.S. middle class. He documents an array of government-sponsored abuses, including higher taxes, rising national debt, lost jobs and weaker representative government. Both Republicans and Democrats, he says, are guilty of elevating the needs of corporations over those of U.S. citizens. This is a disturbing message, and Dobbs deserves recognition for his dogged reporting, even though his viewers will recognize his usual rants and scapegoats, such as undocumented immigrants. getAbstract considers this important reading for anyone interested in learning about what Dobbs calls, "the greatest robbery in U.S. history." Politicians, lobbyists and corporate leaders may not be happy with what it has to say, but the book will explain why ordinary workers have such a hard time getting ahead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the middle class in the U.S. faces a declining standard of living;
  • How media irresponsibility exploits the middle class;
  • Why free trade is a myth; and
  • How big business benefits from illegal immigration.

About the Author

Lou Dobbs is the anchor and managing editor of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. He has received numerous awards, including the Peabody and the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.



A Steady Erosion
Congress, the media and the major corporations have lost touch with the working people who built the United States. The country has recently exported more than 14 million jobs, and lobbyists and politicians serving the wealthy have undermined other middle class interests...

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