Third World America: How our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class And Betraying The American Dream By Arianna Huffington
Crown Publishers, New York 2010
By: Natalie Peguero
Political Science 166
April 29, 2015
Book Review Project
Arianna Huffington’s Third World America: How our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class And Betraying The American Dream discusses the many problems America has as a country. She brings to light a beautifully accessible collection of what a generation of conservative policy has done to America, leaving it shaking on the edge of a Third World country, with a unprotected and depressed middle class, a crumbling infrastructure and a political system more stacked than ever in favor of the rich. Huffington sure knows how to craft a message. The first four sections of the book in a sense are a series of downers, detailing the crisis and the disappointment middle class income earners have been experiencing and how, in Huffington's words, "the core idea of the American Dream work hard and advance up the ladder has been gutted. Now the American Dream is to try to not fall, or do all you can to slow your rate of decline." She also lists and bullet points statistics through the sections, which alternate between explaining the situations and telling the stories of individuals who've watched their lives slip away and are crawling just to survive; in which they are failing. This fear and this insecurity, is not just a matter of how we've lost our way as a country that looks out for each other, It weakens us, makes us less as a country, less as a people and less as individuals.
With the endless lists of failures America has experienced through out the years you can see what Huffington is trying to prove and does prove. Huffington proves how America is no longer the country it use to be, it’s failing, so close to becoming a third world country and it’s betraying the American dream; and she blames it on our politicians. And I believe that is Huffington’s thesis for this book. In evidence to prove her thesis Huffington brings to light how:
Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that
have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century;
our education system shambles, making it harder for tomorrow's
workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land
good twenty first century jobs; our infrastructure our roads, our
bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical
system is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced and has
gone wild and our political system is broken (Huffington 4). With the many evidence Huffington provided throughout Third World America: How our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class And Betraying The American Dream there are many strong evidence that proves her point but there are also weak ones.
The evidence I think are strong are the long bullet pointed lists of statistics that prove how out politicians are abandoning the middle class and betraying the American dream like the one on page eleven through twelve in which it details how many cities are cutting back on health programs, elderly and disabled program, K-12 education and assistance to public colleges and universities. For example,
California is eliminating CalWORKS, a financial assistance program
for families in need, a cut that will affect 1.4 million people, two
thirds of whom are children. This plan would also cut state subsided
for childcare, affecting 142,000 children (Huffington 11). This evidence strongly proves how the actions of our politicians is affecting America in a negative way and is abandoning the American dream of “a better life”. Another great evidence Huffington provides is the statistics of the working class of America. For example, “In 2005, households in the bottom 20...
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