Last Reviewed on July 10, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 402
This Fight Is Our Fight focuses on the disappearing middle class, problems with the US economy, the soft treatment of corporations by the government, and the 2016 election.
Elizabeth Warren begins by describing how she spent the election night in 2016 watching saved episodes of television with her family. She wasn't on the ballot, so she didn't need to be with her team—furthermore, the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency made her stressed enough that watching the returns "would be agony." She says that the results were like a train wreck; Hilary Clinton (who was expected to win) kept coming in with fewer votes than expected. As Warren reflects on this, she explains that before she entered politics, she worked as a teacher and researcher who was focused on tracking America's middle class.
Warren explains that pay hasn't kept pace with inflation for forty years. While productivity, profits, and executive pay have all increased, the rest of workers weren't seeing the same salary raises. She says it was an issue she was particularly interested to tackle in Congress. She was shocked to hear the most senior Republican on the committee say that if it was up to him, there would be no minimum wage at all.
To help give context, Warren writes a short history of the economy in America. She talks about Roosevelt's attempts to control the banks. She talks about how wealthy people reacted to these measures. Warren explains how, in the wake of the depression, America worked hard to have the strongest middle class in the world.
Warren weaves her personal history into discussions of corporate antitrust laws, challenges in the Senate, and the importance of competition. She discusses Dodd-Frank legislation. She refers to Republicans and their banker friends. Big banks spent more than one million dollars per day lobbying against Dodd-Frank when it was under discussion. She discusses the 2008 financial crash at length.
The end of the book is focused on the 2016 election and Donald Trump. It's clear that she both dislikes him and is willing to stand up to him. She includes some of her tweets illustrating her responses to things he's said to demonstrate this. She warns against his initiatives and is concerned that the American people will suffer under the policies he supports. She also talks about how voting and volunteering matter. Warren says that if everyone comes out to vote in 2020, Trump will lose.
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