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Middle Class Squeeze

Restoring Lost Purchasing Power With the ShopAmerica Gift Card

Al Lewis | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

Imagine if a simple, free, government initiative could noticeably raise almost everyone's standard of living, at essentially no cost to anybody... and reduce the federal deficit at the same time. It's called the ShopAmerica Gift Card and here's how it would work.

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.

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.

More Unconscionable Wall Street Whining

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.09.2012 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Ignoring all evidence and facts, Wall Street is reported to be "an industry that the White House has thoroughly and repeatedly demonized and demoralized" -- what?

Middle-Class Jobs Disappearing In Workforce Shift: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

America is increasingly becoming a place of high- and low-skill jobs, with less room available for a middle class. A new report from the Federal R...

Corporations Tailoring Product Lines To Reflect Growing Income Inequality

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

As the American economy struggles to shake off a torpor that threatens to drag the country back into recession, the gap continues to grow between the ...

American Inequality: Who Is Subsidizing Our Lifestyle?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

The current recession has brought into stark relief an underlying flaw, not in American economics but in our consciousness. Money is creating a new, selfish class whose only interest seems to be in greed.

There Are Zero Good Reasons to Block Elizabeth Warren

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

The political case for appointing Warren is even stronger than the policy case. Choosing anybody other than Warren will not make Obama appear reasonable or moderate--it will make him look weak and corruptible.

Metro Inequality: What Cities Can Do About the Shrinking Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Even the good times of the 2000s weren't so good for most of Americans, since a disproportionate share of the gains went to the very highest income earners.

Junk Economics and the Assault on the Middle Class

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

This recession isn't cyclical, and the problems are systemic. We didn't get here by accident. Choices were made by very wealthy and powerful people, and those choices can be reversed.

Middle-Income Families Can Slip Through Cracks of ECE Policy

James Mejia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
James Mejia

Early childhood education is again on the minds of our elected officials. Last month, the House passed the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which gives states a chance at $8 billion in competitive grants.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Blowback: New Evidence The Health Tax Is Unfair, Unwise ... and Could Be Political Suicide

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The silver lining, according to many economists who support the Cadillac insurance tax, is that employers will then take the money they're not spending on health care and give it to their workers as wages. That's probably wrong.

The War on Labor Day

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Bill O'Reilly talks about "The War on Christmas," and while that concept has been widely lambasted I'm here today to sound a different alarm -- that there is truly a War on Labor Day.