I am a 69-year-old African American who grew up in Georgia during the days of racial segregation. In 1974, I moved to Oregon where I had the honor of serving 10 years in the Oregon legislature. In 1992, I was elected State Treasurer of Oregon becoming the first person of color to be elected to statewide office. After serving as Treasurer for the eight years allowed by the Oregon Constitution, I ran twice unsuccessfully for Governor. I considered my political career to be over. Then the financial crisis occurred. Because of my financial background I clearly understood how incredibly irresponsible the big banks had acted. However, what was worse is that they did so much damage to so many people’s lives and got away with it. That is when I realized what a plutocracy our government had become. I had to speak out in some way, so I wrote a book. It is titled, “Wake Up White People, You’re Getting Screwed Too!” In it I attempt to raise awareness by drawing parallels between how the white middle class is now being discriminated against, especially economically, in a similar manner to that experienced by black people in the racially segregated south. The book is about how the majority of Americans have allowed our government to be bought from under us by some of the super-rich and powerful to the detriment of the American Dream and our democracy itself. It is about the importance of voting. Did you know that only an estimated 57% of Americans voted in the recent 2016 election? That means approximately 95 plus millions of eligible voters did not vote in November. This is a guarantee for failure – failure for “our” democracy – and failure for The American Dream. I’m deeply concerned over the state of our Country and its people. This book is a Wake Up call.
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About the Author
Jim was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia in 1947 and raised by his single mother. Jim grew up in the segregated South. He received a BA in economics from Michigan State University in 1969, an MBA from Indiana University in 1971 and a JD from Indiana University College of Law in 1974.
Jim moved to Salem Oregon in 1974 where he raised a bi-racial daughter - Jennifer and worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice. He went on to become an Oregon State Representative in 1983 and an Oregon State Senator in 1987. Some of his accomplishments were co-sponsoring the establishment of a Martin King, Jr. Holiday, passing the Anti-Apartheid Act, creating the Oregon Resource and Technology Development Corporation that supplied seed capital to Oregon businesses and he introduced the bill to allow Oregon State Lottery funds to enhance Oregon's economy.
Jim was the first elected person of color to hold a statewide office in Oregon in 1993 when he was elected as State Treasurer. He served two terms. During his tenure as State Treasurer, he oversaw an improvement of the state's bond rating and the creation of the Oregon Growth Account, an investment program exclusively dedicated to providing seed and venture capital dollars to Oregon businesses. Jim worked to improve financial literacy and held the "Every Woman's Money Conference" to provide women with the tools they needed to succeed financially. He then ran unsuccessfully for Governor of the State of Oregon.
Jim has served on several important boards - the Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, Oregon National Bar Association, NARAL, and the National Association of State Treasurers where he served as President.
Jim lives in Salem Oregon where he remains committed to making a difference through the power of the written word.
Table of Contents- Why It is Important for America to Be #1
- Unwavering Faith in the American Dream
- The New "N" Word - The White Middle Class
- What American Dream?
- The Modern-Day Robber Barons
- Suckers and Chumps
- Betrayal of Trust
- The Ultimate Betrayal
- A Nation of Sheep
- Keep 'Em Poor, Undereducated, and Stressed Out
- Less Education Equals Cheap Labor
- Right to Work Means the Right to Get Cheated Out of a Fair Wage
- Government of the Money, by the Money, for the Money
- You May Elect Them, but We Own Them
- Pimping for Plutocrats
- Barak and Jackie
- Congressional Racism
- Traitors in our Congress
- Israel, Friend or Foe?
- The Puppet Masters
- Disdain Even for Our Soldiers
- Disgrace in the Ranks of Our Best
- Last Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement - Equal Rights for Women
- The Angry White Man
- Economic Democracy - Vote with Your Dollars
- I'm a Democrat - Where the (Bleep) is My Party?
- The Koching of America
- The Kinder, Gentler Koch Brothers' Makeover
- If for No Other Reason -
- We the People
- Dear Mr. President
- Handbook for Being a Great American