Current Topics Relating to the Health of our Democracy:
"Curious Correlations: Party Politics and Economics" by Jan Raymond, Amazon Books - Breaks down the 100 years between 1919 and 2018 by which party controlled government, then compares what happened with the National Debt, GDP and numerous other statistical measures of economic performance to party control. Bottom line, when Republican low tax policies have controlled the United States the National debt has grown faster than GDP. When Democrats controlled subtracting National debt growth from GDP results in a net gain of 2.7% per year.
"Corporations Are Not People" by Jeffrey D. Clements - Berrett-Koehlers Publishers, Inc - Delves into the history and law behind the Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United that found Corporations have a constitutional right to express themselves by spending vast sums of money to influence elections.
"The CEO Pay Machine" - by Steven Clifford, Blue Rider Press - A former CEO explains how CEO pay has grown by nearly 1000% over the last 40 years while worker pay has stagnated.
History and Development of Democracy in the United States There are many great books about our founding fathers and the the ideas they drew upon. Some published recently include:
"Washington, A Life", "Grant" and "Alexander Hamilton"- all by Ron Chernow - Penguin Books
"Patriots - The Men Who Started the American Revolution" - by A. J. Langguth - Simon and Schuster
"Thomas Jefferson - The Art of Power" - by Jon Meacham - Random House