Richard Syrett welcomes an author and researcher who reveals the extent to which US industry has been gutted, and wages and benefits reduced, thanks to disastrous trade deals, outsourcing, and the crippling of unions. While Americans have been trained to direct their scorn at welfare recipients and the poor in general, he says, a tiny handful of plutocratic elites have profited on an unfathomable scale through corporate welfare and other perks. Unimaginable salaries and bonuses for the One Percent, contrasted by layoffs and reduced pay for the majority of the workforce, along with increasing calls for austerity measures and lowered standards of living, has become the “new normal” in America.
GUEST: Donald Jeffries is the author of The Unreals, a novel lauded by the likes of multi-award winning author Alexander Theroux and Night at that the Museum screen writer R. Ben Garant, and the nonfiction book Hidden History. His latest is called Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All.