This Fight Is Our Fight

This Fight Is Our Fight

The Battle to Save America's Middle Class

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action. Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she's never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college, becoming a teacher, and, later, attending law school. But today, for many, these kinds of opportunities are gone, and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful. More than seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity; in the 19805, President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickledown economics. Now, with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists-the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse. Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren's trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hardworking Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people-she won't sit down, she won't be silenced, and she will fight back."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250120618
Branch Call Number: 320.973 WAR 2017
Characteristics: 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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PimaLib_NormS Jul 03, 2018

“This Fight is Our Fight”, by Elizabeth Warren is one of those books that everyone should read, regardless of political affiliation. I say that because the book is about the difficulties facing the middle class in this country. Liberals, or progressives, if you prefer, will appreciate the emphasis on identifying the great issues facing middle class Americans, and the government-led solutions to these problems as espoused by Senator Warren. For those on the conservative side of the political spectrum, who more than likely would oppose most government-led solutions, well, one of the best ways to counter an opposing viewpoint is to learn all one can about the opposition. Which would make the book a useful read for those of a conservative bent. And, being the cockeyed optimist that I am, maybe each side could find a shred of common ground here and there and start to address those middle class issues. Politicians are loathe to be seen as cooperating with the opposition, which is why all we get out of Washington these days is perpetual gridlock. I would hope that “This Fight is Our Fight” could be a beginning point for liberals and conservatives to end the gridlock and work together to solve the problems facing the middle class. Okay . . . in all candor . . . everyone knows there’s a Blutarsky’s chance of that happening, 0.0. I recommend the book, anyway.

Oct 05, 2017

Book is more an indictment than a solution for our societal ailments. The Senator presents a case for rebuilding the middle class. One example: in constant dollars, since 1970 men's wages have risen 2% while health insurance went up 104%.

Aug 30, 2017

First a disclaimer, I am a person who is politically right of center so it is to be expected that I would find much in the book to disagree with. I am going to write this review from a somewhat different perspective than simply to trash it in every way possible.

I read this book to gain perspective of the issues important to the left. Books like these are not written to persuade the opposition but to bolster the base. Few from the right will even open the book.

One of the key differences between the right and left is the attitude towards free market capitalism and government regulation of markets. Most of the topics covered stem from her belief that government regulation and direct intervention is instrumental to achieving the outcomes she values.

She writes that poverty is the result of wealthy individuals and corporations selfishly oppressing lower income people due to the unbalance of power. The solution she offers is to raise the minimum wage and impose other regulations on bank and corporations to improve the outcomes of lower income people. The way to do this is through politics.

Large corporations, she argues, only benefit the very wealthy and well connected. Her remedy again is greater government regulation. A side note, many on the right would agree that crony capitalism is a problem that distorts free markets. They would readily accept her anecdotal stories of how detrimental this is. The right would like to see reduced incentives like lower corporate taxes which would free the market to solve these distortions.

The arguments she uses throughout the book are largely anecdotal examples rather than academic economic discourse. I believe that economic arguments favor the right but are difficult to make for the average citizen persuasively. Her approach is not to win economic arguments but to win political arguments—that is to win votes. It is unlikely she will win converts. This book is essentially “red meat” for her surporters.

Jul 29, 2017

Had Sen. Warren endorsed Bernie in the 2016 election, she might be believable.
Problem: She was that demographic I could never figure out who voted Nixon, Reagan and Bush, so it was only predictable and logical she would endorse HRC to lose, instead of Bernie to win - - as the most accurate polls clearly demonstrated!
Warren has been that problem demographic, now she is either play-acting the // progressive \\, quickly disproven by her endorsement candidate, Hillary, or she really is at that self-delusional stage of life where she actually believes in her fantasy notions, but Warren is no demonstrable progressive!
Is Warren's sister-in-law, Catherine Mann, by any chance? That pseudo-econ who is pro-American jobs offshoring, and against Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security? Thought so . . .
[FYI: Why has HRC never mentioned her uncle, Wade Rodham, who was a US Secret Service agent in the presidential protection detail during President Kennedy's short-lived administration? Mr. Rodham would retire after purchasing a farm in the rather expensive and toney Middleburg, VA area - - bluegrass country extraordinaire!]

May 11, 2017

This is an excellent book that concisely informs us that Wall Street and their Republican friends have rigged the economy in their favor. Not yours. Their goal is a dystopian society that serves only them. Had the other reviewers actually read this book they would see that trickle down economics is pure fantasy and that deregulation grows the economy is a lie. Elizabeth factually ticks off the real life tragedies of workers and families caused by the 1%, corporations and conservative ideology. Her book is a call to action to check the 1%, corporations and the right before they reduce the middle class to nothing. This book should have been titled "Profiles in Cowardice".

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