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Michael McAuliff

Democrats Roll Out 'Middle-Class' Tax Agenda To Compete With GOP | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Wednesday fired their own salvo in Capitol Hill's ongoing tax cut battles, offering a slew of breaks that would primarily h...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most People Think Government Economic Policies Benefit Big Businesses, Not Middle Class | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

Americans' battered confidence in the economy has trended upward since the beginning of 2015, but their assessments of their own financial situations ...

Elizabeth Warren To The GOP: 'Put Up Or Shut Up' About Aid For Middle Class

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has made it her mission to highlight and ameliorate the challenges middle-class Americans face, recently seized o...

Elizabeth Warren Launches 'Middle Class Prosperity Project'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are launching a series of events focusing on Democratic solutions to th...

Off the Top: Ten Reasons Hillary Clinton Will Be a Fighter for Both Populists and All Americans

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

I read a blog post on The Huffington Post this week titled "The Case for a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries." While the piece well deli...

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.

Republican Rhetoric vs Reality

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Democrats are encouraged to hear Republicans co-opting our rhetoric on the economy and we stand at the ready to work with Republicans to get things done for the middle class. But only when Republican policy proposals catch up to their rhetoric will we have an opportunity for real solutions.

Entrepreneurship Education Helps Put Kids on the Path to Success

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jack E. Kosakowski

Organizations like Junior Achievement prepare young people for their future economic success through engagement with successful business mentors and with time-tested experiential programs that give many their first glimpse at what being an entrepreneur entails.

Why Is 90 Percent of America Stressed About Money?

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

The reality is acquiring money is more about consciousness than currency. Building your financial empire and reducing stress about finances starts with changing your thinking.

The Super-Rich Can't Hide From the Rest of Us

Michael Winship | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Instead of spending their mega-fortunes on luxury hiding places to escape the mob, better to use that money to improve the conditions that have the populace thinking about tar and feathers or worse.

Jennifer Bendery

House Democrats Regroup On Middle-Class Message, Dance To 'Love Train' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- They came. They grappled with fresh losses. They searched for a new strategy. And then they danced their asses off. This year's Hou...

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

Barack Obama | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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?

Maxwell Tani

House Democrats Want Republican Women To Help Pass Paid Leave Legislation | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

Though GOP lawmakers generally panned the proposals in last week's State of the Union address, House Democrats are hoping that a coalition of Republic...

Middle-Income Housing Affordability: International Situation

Wendell Cox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Wendell Cox

Housing costs are the largest element of household budgets, and they vary far more between cities. By comparison, other expenses, such as transportation, clothing and food vary little between cities.

More Money More Problems? Not Really!

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.26.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

Money can't solve every problem or eliminate every worry, but it does have the power to reduce stress in tough times while providing opportunity in good times.

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Wages Class War in New Ads

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Kristin Wartman

If McDonald's really cares about the average American, as it purports to in its ads, how about some real transparency that makes it so "every-man" has more information about what he (or she) is eating?

States Where The Middle Class Is Dying

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Click here to see the states where the middle class is dying. The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The nati...

Jason Linkins

So, That Happened: Congress Delivered Its State Of Disarray | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

In last week's speech, the most newsworthy moment came when the president emphasized the importance of what he called "middle-class economics." The quick, hot take was that by doing so, Obama was opening a new round of combat with Republicans.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The president last night had the gall to state not just victory in our wars, but to take credit for the great and loving care American veterans are receiving.

What Obama Didn't Say About Rising Wages

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business

Multiple government surveys suggest income growth remains much slower than before the 2007-09 recession.

Michael McAuliff

Dem: Obama's Plans Won't Work Unless He Can Fix Campaign Money Problem | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have a strong message for the middle class and voters in his State of the Union address, but it won't matter ...

Mindful Money

Ira Israel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Do you consider your bank account to be an accurate indicator of your success in comparison to your fellow humans on planet earth? Well, then BRAVO! Well done! Because there are at least 3,500,000,000 people who survive (barely) on less that what you paid for your cup of coffee or tea this morning.

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business

There should be little doubt that the middle class is in trouble.