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Middle Class Economy

Let's Review the Tape

Edward Wytkind | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

No, not that tape. We've seen it more than we care to admit and yes, it is repugnant. But I'm referring the tale of the tape comparing Secretary Hilla...

Trickle-Down Economics Led To The Rise Of Trump By Undermining Our Democracy

David Madland | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
David Madland

The fact remains that our three decade experiment with trickle-down caused the financial crash and Great Recession by deregulating financial markets and driving the deep indebtedness of the middle class, pushing an already weakened middle class to the brink. Enter Trump, seizing the terrain that trickle-down created.

Refocusing The Middle Class Debate

David D. Etzwiler | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
David D. Etzwiler

Our action must begin by making peace with a fundamental reality: that a high school diploma alone is no longer a reliable ticket into the middle class.

It's About The 'Working' In 'Working Class'

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Regardless of politics or personal belief, we must take seriously the "work" in "working class."

Neal Gabler Is Not a Voice of the Struggling Middle Class

Nathan Timmel | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Nathan Timmel

Since landing a cover story in The Atlantic, The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans, he's been interviewed multiple times. I've stumbled across him on NPR, online, and the radio program On Point.

Moving Forward: Faster Trains Propel the Economy, and our Middle Class, Forward

Edward Wytkind | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Instead of embracing the future of modern transportation, some elected officials in the U.S. fail to see the value of passenger rail as part of an integrated network. Many of those same official are also more than willing to starve the rest of our badly aging transportation system.

The Meaning of Middle Class

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said, "We need to make the middle class mean something again." What does being middle class mean to Americans, and has the meaning changed?

Jason Linkins

Pity The Poor Multi-Millionaires And Their Waning Political Influence | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

It probably will come as no surprise to any of you to hear the news that most of you are not making it in America. And one way in which the semi-perma...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Views Of Government Just Get Worse | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' confidence in their government falls. Life has gotten more challenging for the middle class. And the fundamentals point to another close pr...

Hillary Is Ready and So Are the Women of Silicon Valley

Michelle Kraus | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

You know it's always fascinating to watch the beginning of the next really big thing. Well, that's what it was like at the Watermark Conference today when Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, took the stage.

Enslavement of the Middle Class

Harlan Green | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It is the ideology of austerity that has prevailed in the U.S. at least since the 1980s, and Paul Krugman says is putting Europe into its Second Great Depression.

Brazil-US Relations: Common Ideas, Little Dialogue

Monica de Bolle | Posted 04.22.2015 | Home
Monica de Bolle

Obama's proposals towards "middle-class economics" and the recently released Economic Report of the President for 2015 highlight just how close the two countries are in their thinking about these issues and on how to make economic policies work more equitably for everyone. And yet, rather than coming together, the distance between the two countries has widened.

Land of (Missed) Opportunity: Obama's Budget and the Fight Against Child Poverty

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

The child poverty of today doesn't have to be the legacy of America's tomorrow. As a nation, we must take bold steps to ensure that all of the nation's children can succeed at school and in the workforce.

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Gives His 'Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics'

Barack Obama | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Barack Obama

America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?

Child Care And Education Costs Are Off The Charts. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consume...

Dear Pinterest: It's Not Me. It's You.

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Oh, Pinterest. I can't buy coconut oil at the local bodega. I've got to drive to Whole Foods. They keep those well away from bus routes. Anyway, coconut oil runs about eight bucks a jar, and most Whole Foods stores don't take WIC.

Globalization Helps the Rich & Asia While Hurting the Middle Class in the West. Here's What Can Be Done About It

Branko Milanovic | Posted 12.19.2014 | Home
Branko Milanovic

Globalization has mostly benefited the rich and the rising Asian middle class at the expense of the middle class in the West. The choice would seem either plutocracy and globalization -- or populism and a halt to globalization. Another solution would imply more substantial redistribution policies in the rich world.

Jason Linkins

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

Forget Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, in 2016 It's About ALICE

Andrei Cherny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andrei Cherny

Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed Americans live on the jagged edge of the middle class. By virtue of their economic situation, they are becoming as distinct from the relatively more comfortable parts of the middle class as they are from those living in poverty.

The Middle Class Problem Is Now an Emergency: Entrepreneurs, We Need You!

Jack Nadel | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If our nation's workforce is just barely scraping by, then who will buy our goods and services? Our GDP is bound to shrink unless we act swiftly to restore our middle class.

4 Days in America

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 11.19.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Like Joe Friday, I'm just stating the facts. The things I've seen and heard in America. It's little wonder the middle class feels it can't get ahead.

Poll: These Americans Benefited 'Not At All' Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's announcement that he plans to refocus on the middle class is being met with some skepticism by the public, a Monmouth Univers...

Are You Actually Middle Class?

CNBC | Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

CNBC: The middle class: it's the world's biggest consumer group and its growing spending power should push global consumer spending up by nearly a...

Housing Is the First Rung on the 'Ladder of Opportunity'

Terri Ludwig | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For families to have any chance of accessing the middle class, they need to start with a stable home in a strong community.

9 Middle-Class Jobs That Are On The Decline

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

It is getting harder to find a job that can support a middle-class lifestyle. That's because the recession and the subsequent recovery have been pa...