A Faltering American Dream

Excessive Accumulation of Money and Power Through the Federal Elections Market

by Robert W. Merriam



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/6/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 142
ISBN : 9781480821170
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 142
ISBN : 9781480821163
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 142
ISBN : 9781480821187

About the Book

A Faltering American Dream is a jolting analysis of the current United States’ decline in government capabilities and solvency compared to other advanced nations of the world. It documents infrastructure deterioration, high national debt and poverty, scarcity of good jobs, and decreases in affordable higher education. The origin of these problems is in Washington where the harsh, uncompromising clash of political ideologies has resulted in a functionally disabled Congress.

In this book, the author collects a wide range of information to arrive at a unique perspective on the policy differences so bitterly contended in Congress: the size, functions, and business regulations of the federal government, and its tax support of traditional services. The author directly compares economic and employment results of contending party policies, since World War II when each party held the presidency. He demonstrates that government spending per person since the 1980’s is increasing faster than inflation, population, and GDP growth. These increases have occurred through administrations of both parties and show little or no effect of ideological differences. He seeks answers for why is this happening.

In this lucid book, the author clarifies how and why such changes are happening to America’s economy and former world prominence. At the root of most of these problems, he identifies a fatal flaw in our governance structure, unanticipated by the framers of the constitution. This book concludes with an urgent call for a practical correction of this defect and a plea for the campaign rhetoric of the 2016 political candidates to express clearly the reasons why they advocate their policy positions on important economic issues.

About the Author

The author is a well-published scientist and award-winning university teacher, known for explaining complex information in clear, understandable terms. Dr. Merriam, retired now and active economic researcher, lives with his wife, Kathryn, in North Carolina.