Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time
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Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time

by Chuck Schumer, Charles E. Schumer, Daniel Squadron
     
 

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New York's popular senior senator, who won reelection by the largest margin in the state's history, offers a bold plan for change in the Democratic party

As the results of the last presidential election played out, it became clear that while Democrats call themselves the party of the middle, the middle class does not consider the Democrats their party. Now, Chuck

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New York's popular senior senator, who won reelection by the largest margin in the state's history, offers a bold plan for change in the Democratic party

As the results of the last presidential election played out, it became clear that while Democrats call themselves the party of the middle, the middle class does not consider the Democrats their party. Now, Chuck Schumer, who has gained national prominence as the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee, offers his plan for capturing the middle-class vote and moving his party back into the majority. Democrats can accomplish this, the senator explains, without abandoning their traditional principles.

Schumer envisions a hypothetical, average middle-class American family—he thinks of them as "The Baileys"—who spend "as much time talking about the cost of cornflakes as the cost of the national debt." He then details specific proposals he believes would keep America safe, secure, and on top; and support the aspirations of a prosperous and growing middle class while speaking to anxieties created in a world changed by technology and globalization. For example, he proposes to:

• increase the number of college graduates by 50%

• reduce property taxes by 50%

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“This is must reading for anyone who cares about winning in 2008.” —Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Schumer, Democratic U.S. senator from Brooklyn, offers a positive message for middle-class Americans . . . his book presents an interesting perspective of an influential member of a party that has recently regained control of national politics . . . [H]e has found an effective way to convey his political positions.” —Vanessa Bush, Booklist

Michiko Kakutani
At times, the volume seems to want to be a Democratic version of Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America,” but unlike Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Schumer — who is now the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate — is not a polarizing bomb-thrower. For that matter, his book, much like his post-’80s record in the House and Senate (which includes helping to write the 1994 crime bill, spearheading passage of the Brady Bill, supporting the death penalty and calling for increased Homeland Security measures) is deliberately centrist: practical and pragmatic in tone, Clintonian in its willingness to mix up proposals traditionally labeled liberal or conservative, eager to use common sense to find common ground on issues like education and immigration.
— The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594865725
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.16(d)

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"This is must reading for anyone who cares about winning in 2008."
--Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Meet the Author

CHUCK SCHUMER was elected to the New York State Assembly at age 23—making him one of the youngest members since Theodore Roosevelt—and to Congress at age 29. In 1998 he became New York's junior senator, and he now holds the senior position. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife. They have two daughters.

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