Arianna Discusses Green Jobs, Education, and 'Third World America' On 'Democracy Now'

09/17/2010 02:54 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Arianna appeared on Democracy Now to discuss both the government and the individual's role in preventing America from turning into a third world country, as outlined in her new book, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.

She called for the Obama administration to take bolder measures to steer America out of the recession:

The audacity to win was replaced by the timidity to govern. And there is timidity everywhere. I mean, there are really no bold measures. And at a time of this huge economic crisis that we're facing, we cannot just deal with things in this incredibly cautious way.

Co-host Juan Gonzalez also asked her about the state of high school education, which she called "drop out factories" in her book:

I think what the Obama administration, Arne Duncan is doing with education is the best thing they're doing. They are acknowledging the crisis, they acknowledge what they have done has not worked.

You can read the full transcript here, or WATCH the interview below: