“In the pages that follow, The War At Home unapologetically attempts to describe and analyze the major elements of that class war being waged today in the U.S. against American workers and their unions.” [from the Author’s Preface] Its ten chapters cover the current Jobs Crisis, offshoring, Free Trade and the collapse of manufacturing, declining wages and workers’ incomes, the great American Tax Shift, attacks on Pensions and Social Security, the pending privatization of Medicare, the health care costs crisis, the transformations of the Republican and Democratic parties, the decline of union membership and bargaining power, the pending split in the AFL-CIO, and the origin and evolution of the corporate offensive from Reagan through George W. Bush. “Did you like Howard Zinn's A People’s History of the United States? If so, you are going to love the new book by Jack Rasmus, The War At Home. Rasmus effectively picks up the story where Zinn leaves off....His book is an excellent complement and companion to Zinn’s popular work...It is a sobering and path-breaking effort to ‘put it all in one place’.” [Harvey Schwartz, Curator, ILWU Oral History Collection]
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This book is neither typical contemporary literary journalism nor a passion-less, dry academic treatise. Unlike the former, which today are works of little more than opinion, based on few verifiable facts, and characterized by cheering to the crowd of 'true believers', whether left or right, THE WAR AT HOME provides a virtual mountain of referenceable material from government and other reputable sources; and unlike the latter, it is written in a lively, readable prose devoid of arcane theory and refuses to eschew partisan argument in the name of a false claim to objectivity. The book's themes include explaining why 60 million Americans no longer have regular, permanent full time jobs, why $11.6 trillion in taxes is being shifted from the middle class to the wealthiest 10%, how more than $4 trillion has been permanently siphoned off from the Social Security Trust Fund by politicians, what caused 97,000 pension plans to go bust, why 46 million Americans today have no health insurance and why out-of-pocket medical expenses will double in the next few years, why eight million quality jobs in the U.S. have been lost due to Free Trade, and why millions more jobs will continue to be rapidly exported to China, India and Latin America.
Where future corporate and Bush administration policies are headed in George W. Bush’s second term and beyond are further topics of discussion—as well as the political restructuring that has been occurring in parallel with the corporate-driven economic restructuring of the last quarter century. How both the Republican and Democratic parties have fundamentally changed, prospects for election outcomes in 2006 and 2008, and how the economic and political restructuring since 1980 led to the recent split in the AFL-CIO, and what next for organized Labor in America, are additional topics also addressed.About the Author:
Jack Rasmus is an author, freelance journalist, playwright, and National 1st Vice-President of the National Writers Union, UAW 1981, AFL-CIO, and member of its National Executive Board.
He is an economics and labor journalist with a Ph.D. in Political Economy and has published numerous articles on economics, technology, political policy and Labor topics.
Jack is also a playwright. In the past decade his productions include "1934", a full length musical with ten original songs about the San Francisco waterfront. "Fire on Pier 32", a three act play about the history of the west coast ILWU, the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union. "Our Time", a play in twelve scenes featuring U.S. Presidents and the themes of war, depression, and the ascendancy of the Radical Right in American politics from 1932 to 2012, as well as various other productions. He is a lyricist and co-author of numerous songs with composer, Joyce Todd McBride. "1934" will premier in 2006 in Los Angeles.
Jack was a union organizer and local union President for many years. He began organizing with the United Steelworkers, was an organizer and field rep for the Service Employees International Union Local 715 and for the Hotel & Restaurant Workers Union Local 19. He later became an organizer and a local union President and contract negotiator for the Communications Workers of America Locals 9455 and 9415, where he built a statewide local union from 3 members to nearly 2000.
Before assuming his current role and position in the National Writers Union and full time work as a freelance journalist, book author and playwright, Jack was an economist writing for more than fifteen years on technology and economic trends.
Jack is owner of Kyklos Productions LLC, a creative arts production company dedicated to producing new plays, books, videos, and songs that resurrect the histories and traditions of American workers and their unions.
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