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Reclaim American Democracy

RECLAIM AMERICAN DEMOCRACY:
ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS TO DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICS
by WERNER NEFF

Is America failing its democracy?

Poverty is on the rise, the minimum wage is kept low, and welfare programs now exceed 200. The working poor are a social problem created by politics and institutional poverty traps. Low minimum wages paid by some businesses do not allow for even a most basic lifestyle and as a result, food stamps, free medical services and other social programs become necessary to cover the gap. Half of the Federal budget supports the poor and the elderly all over the country. Americans subsidize this insufficient minimum wage with their taxes and thus indirectly support the bottom line of companies that underpay their employees. The minimum wage must be substantially increased to bring back a free market economy and reduce the need for social benefits and programs.

Democratic principles are distorted. The political system allows the economic elite and big corporations to influence legislation in such a way that economic rules are bent in their favor and higher profits flow into their pockets. Campaign financing laws favor special interests at the expense of the American people at large. Too many Americans are blinded by dreams of success and vote against their real interests and values. That is the American voting paradox, institutionally supported by gerrymandering and voting restrictions that favor the well-to-do and the libertarian ideology espoused by many of them.

This book discusses economic solutions to dysfunctional politics and calls for action to help Americans reclaim democracy to defend their real interests.

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