The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic

The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic

George Lakoff, Elisabeth Wehling

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 147670001X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“The essential handbook for thinking and talking Democratic—must reading not only for every Democrat but for every responsible citizen” (Robert B. Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of Beyond Outrage).

“The essential handbook for thinking and talking Democratic—must reading not only for every Democrat but for every responsible citizen” (Robert B. Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of Beyond Outrage).

Voters cast their ballots for what they believe is right, for the things that make moral sense. Yet Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. The Little Blue Book demonstrates how to make that connection clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time: the economy, health care, women’s issues, energy and environmental policy, education, food policy, and more. Dissecting the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse, Lakoff and Wehling show how to fight back on moral grounds and in concrete terms. Revelatory, passionate, and deeply practical, The Little Blue Book will forever alter the way Democrats and progressives think and talk about politics.

The Disowned Self

End Procrastination Now!: Get It Done with a Proven Psychological Approach

Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences (Revised & Updated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INDISPENSABLE HANDBOOK FOR DEMOCRATS Voters cast their ballots for what they believe is right, for the things that make moral sense. Yet Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. The Little Blue Book demonstrates how to make that connection clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time: the economy, health care, women’s issues, energy and environmental policy, education, food policy, and

raise taxes. What was hidden was that the proposition covered mostly taxes on corporate real estate, and so over thirty years later those taxes remain at 1978 levels. Also hidden was a change in the California constitution that required a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature to raise taxes or close loopholes. Consequently the state eventually lost the ability to raise revenues for any progressive initiative. Prop 13 decimated public education, health care, care for the disabled, and

clear. Banks that hide the true cost of mortgages in the fine print are one kind of threat. Banks that package mortgages and sell them to speculators are another. Banks that borrow money at almost zero interest but don’t pass the savings on to prospective homebuyers are a threat to prospective homebuyers with limited funds. • Corporations control the government through lobbying and political contributions. Lobbyists for corporations often write our laws for corporate benefit, for their profit

functionality is up suggests that those with high positions contribute more to the functioning of society and our economy. This makes managerial bonuses and merit pay perfectly natural phenomena. A special case is the top 1 percent. The expression says nice things about the folks at the top. Wouldn’t you like to be at the top? Not just rich, but moral, in control, and closer to God? Interestingly, neither President Obama nor his conservative opponents want to mention a top 1 percent fact: that

on those values, people who have prospered deserve their prosperity and should not be punished with taxation, nor should they have to pay taxes to support those who are not morally disciplined enough to become prosperous. Issue areas of concern to conservatives include the free market with maximal privatization, sexual morality as controlled by the strict father, harsh punishment in the courts, and a strong military. For progressives, the values of empathy, social responsibility, and excellence

Download sample

Download