This work is a comprehensive introduction to the most important issues facing American citizens and their government. It addresses various interpretations of the proper role of government with a view towards the Democrats re-working of such integral issues as: * States' rights * Societal affluence and social needs * Campaign finance reform * Media Consolidation * America's climbing debt ceiling * China's military and political expansion * Manufacturing's decline * Job outsourcing * The disappearance of pension plans * The whittling away of America's middle class * America's inadequate health care system * Environmental degradation * America's vanishing family farms
Mark Louis Latour writes about current political, social, and environmental issues. Over a period of two decades, Mr. Latour has worked as a Town Planner in California and Massachusetts, a City Administrator in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Maryland; and a County Administrator in Colorado. Mr. Latour was Chairman of the Business Management Department at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, where he also taught courses in American Government. He holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Latour is currently writing a book on the politics of environmental preservation.
Part 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Section One: Democracy's Balancing Act Chapter 5 Section Two: Economics, Trade, and Tax Policy Chapter 6 Section Three: Military Policy and National Security Chapter 7 Section Four: The Social Contract Chapter 8 Section Five: Civil Rights Chapter 9 Section Six: The Sylvan Contract Chapter 10 Section Seven: Conclusion: The Vision of the Democrats Part 11 Appendix: Universal Healthcare, the Heartland Global Trade, and the Republican New Deal Part 12 Endnotes Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author