'American Dream' A Victim Of Greed? Hedrick Smith Shows Major Money In Politics

His Book Offers Red Meat To Improve American Society.

"Perhaps the most painful factor in the dismantling of a nation that used to value fairness in the shrinking of the middle class in tandem with creating a larger gulf between the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor."

But wealth begets wealth, especially when reinforced through the influence of money in politics. Then the hyper-concentration of wealth aggravates the political cleavages in society.

I wish I could hear thousands taking the oath he ascribes, "We must come together and take action to rejuvenate our nation and to restore fairness and hope in our way of life."