The Nation

Dear Friend of The Nation:

imageWhatever the outcome of the high-stakes battle over the debt ceiling and budget, we’re at a turning point in the shape and contour of American politics.

Nation columnist Eric Alterman, warning of a new "class war," commented that "conservatives, having shifted the tax burden from the rich to the rest of us, now seek to use state financial difficulties to destroy public unions."

With mainstream press coverage "led by the nose" to cover public employee union stories through a narrow "either-or prism," where can you turn?

Turn to the American magazine that has been fighting for workers every week since 1865.

The Nation is the most independent, strong-voiced champion of middle-class working families–including public employees–in the country. We are not owned by GE, Comcast, Disney, Murdoch or Time Warner.

We are reader supported.

Please join the fight.

John Nichols, reporting from Wisconsin, found the strongest defense of public services and public workers has come from National Nurses United. Among Rose Ann DeMoro’s list of the things "all working families should know," Nation readers learned that:

  • Banks, speculators, mortgage lenders and global corporations caused the economic crisis;
  • 2010 third-quarter corporate profits of $1.6 trillion represented the biggest one-year jump in history;
  • State and local workers typically earn 11-12 percent less than private employees with comparable education and experience.
  • Union victories like the eight-hour workday and weekends off are now threatened with the three-decade-long attack on unions spurred by right-wing icon Ronald Reagan;
  • Increased wages and guaranteed pensions put money into the economy, with a ripple effect that creates jobs and improves the economy for all.

In this economic downturn, New Jersey’s governor is bullying middle-class public employees and teachers; Indiana Republicans propose "right-to-work" legislation; Congressional Republicans, under the pretense of fiscal austerity, voted to slash the EPA, the Securities and Exchange Commission and consumer financial protection. Clearly, conservatives are exploiting the perverse desire of some victims of this economic downturn to see public employees suffer to the same degree.image

But Nation Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel hit the nail on the head: "Such coordinated and well-funded union-busting has more to do with power and the future of basic democratic rights than with balancing state budgets."

This is a fight we can’t afford to lose. Please join us.
Teresa Stack



Our rights are being taken away from us, our voices are being drowned out by propaganda and the march goes on in the war on the middle class. The millionaires and billionaires are never satisfied with all the wealth they have accumulated, it’s always more, more, and more. This is off the backs of the working, middle class Americans. All they have to do is to throw out words, like socialism, deficits and all the accomplishments that the working class has achieved over the last fifty years plus is buried in the rubble of the people’s lives. The people who can no longer afford the basics of existence without a struggle, the people who wonder how their children are going to be able to enjoy any type of life without the burden of so many untold sacrifices, where does it all end? It doesn’t, unless we stand together to stop it. People, it is time to stand together and understand what is taking place in this country. It is not time to be led easily astray by the propaganda of the rich, the rich who control the media. It is not the time, to easily fall into mindless arguments that distract from the big picture. It is not the time, to ignore the facts! It is the time, to unite, as one voice, a voice that is to be reckoned with. Even if you think it is difficult to sift through all the arguments that are laid out for you, you should be able to just look at your own history and how hard it has become for you to make ends meet!