The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy And Everything Else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-28
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AlterNet senior writer/editor Holland demolishes the Right's biggest and mostoutrageous myths about the economy and sets the record straight on every partof the conservatives' economic agenda.

Author Biography

Joshua Holland is a senior writer and editor at AlterNet, responsible for coverage of the economy, globalization, and immigration. AlterNet is a highly trafficked news portal with a readership of over two million visitors per month.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: How our conventional wisdom fails usp. 1
A Closer Look: "This Modern World" by Tom Tomorrowp. 20
Conservatives Don't Want Good Government: Don't believe that limited government means anything would be better for you, personallyp. 21
A Closer Look: Is Big Business Passing Itself Off as "Small Business"?p. 32
It's Not Your Fault There Aren't Enough Good Jobs: Don't believe America is still the land of opportunityp. 35
A Closer Look: Is the Value of Education Declining?p. 44
There Is No Free Market: Don't believe that modern markets exist without governmentp. 49
A Closer Look: "Troubletown: Fanning the Flames of Class Warfare" by Lloyd Danglep. 59
How Could Anyone Believe the Big Banks Are Victims?: Don't believe that the housing crisis was caused by poor peoplep. 60
A Closer Look: Were the Titans of Finance Really Too Big to Fail?p. 74
Tax Cuts Aren't a Solution to Every Problem: Don't believe the conservatives' magic bullet for economic woesp. 79
A Closer Look: No, Tax Cuts Don't Always Generate Jobs and Prosperityp. 94
Republicans Have Never Cared about the Deficit: Don't believe there's a budget apocalypse just over the horizonp. 98
A Closer Look: How More Government (of One Sort) Brings Greater Individual Liberty and Personal Choicep. 113
America Has No Respect for Family Values: Don't believe that women choose motherhood over work (or vice versa)p. 116
A Closer Look: The Myth of the Pipeline: Why Women Aren't Poised to Shatter the Glass Ceilingp. 123
Our Health-Care System Is a Huge Rip-Off: Don't believe we have the greatest health care in the worldp. 126
A Closer Look: The Health-Care Economyp. 141
Obama Is Not a Socialist: Don't believe that those poor, oppressed corporations need savingp. 143
A Closer Look: "Corporate America Had a Dream, Too" by Matt Borsp. 158
Green Jobs Are a Great Idea: Don't believe that environmental activists want to ruin the economyp. 159
A Closer Look: Why a Gallon of Gas Should Cost $10p. 174
The Europeans Are All Right: Don't believe that more progressive governments are always on the brink of bankruptcyp. 176
A Closer Look: The Incredible Shrinking Americansp. 189
"Illegal" Immigration Isn't Hurting Your Prospects: Don't believe that a border-crossing Mexican stole your jobp. 192
A Closer Look: The Real Costs of Stupid Immigration Lawsp. 212
Blacks Still Kept Back: Don't believe the U.S. economy is a postracial meritocracyp. 216
A Closer Look: The African American Economy, Before and After the Crashp. 226
Unions Still Matter: Don't believe organized labor is corrupt, lazy, and an artifact of a different agep. 229
A Closer Look: Whither the $20-an-Hour Wage?p. 243
There's Nothing Free about Free Trade: Don't believe that corporations want fewer rules and everyone else is an isolationist Ludditep. 245
A Closer Look: Corporate America Says You Can't Have a Green Economyp. 259
Notesp. 263
Indexp. 285
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