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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 familyhe 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%
|Publisher:||Rodale Press, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
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About the Author
CHUCK SCHUMER was elected to the New York State Assembly at age 23making him one of the youngest members since Theodore Rooseveltand 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.
What People are Saying About This
"This is must reading for anyone who cares about winning in 2008."
--Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
What do Democrats stand for?
My new book, Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time tries to answer that question. I wrote it because Democrats -- and the country -- need a new vision for the changed world.
Positively American has exciting war stories and colorful anecdotes -- from my improbable Senate election in 1998 to the nearly impossible take-over of the Senate this past fall.
I introduce my old friends, Joe and Eileen Bailey, a middle-class couple from Massapequa, New York (no matter that they're imaginary) and describe the eight words -- war in Iraq, cut taxes, no gay marriage -- that propelled Bush to reelection.
What are our eight words? To answer that question, I propose the 50% Solution, my ambitious but attainable plan to reach the middle-class, win in 2008 and set America back on track.
Positively American is the beginning of a lively discussion. I hope you get a chance to read it and offer your eight words at positivelyamericanbook.com.