I think it's great that in the midst of all this mishegoss on the debt ceiling, budget, deficits, stimulus, a Senate committee is taking the time to look at the longer term challenges that middle class families have been struggling with well before the recession took hold.
If the Republicans get their way and turn Medicaid into a so-called block grant, millions of seniors would be thrown out of nursing homes and middle class families would be slammed with crushing health care costs.
There was a pretty amazing moment Tuesday when a JPMorgan shareholder said to CEO Jamie Dimon: "As a person of faith, my God believes you shouldn't take advantage of people when they are down. Do you believe in the same God I believe in?"
Adam Smith, an 18th century economist, pioneered the concept of the "invisible hand" to describe how capitalism through self-interest, competition, and supply and demand, more effectively allocated resources than the "dead hand" of the state.
"We do big things," President Obama said during his State of the Union speech in January. And, in fact, we do. Sometimes. Finding and dispatching Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. But what about the jobs crisis at home?
Many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and can barely make ends meet. They are deemed as the working middle class. Our financial challenges of today are making it more and more difficult for the next generation of Americans to thrive and succeed.
For the first time, the majority of Americans believe that their children won't be better off than they are. If current trends continue, they're absolutely right. So as the lights are dimming on the American Dream, what are America's political leaders doing?
The real truth in the latest job numbers is that the percent of working-age Americans actually working hasn't improved. It's as low as it was in the depths of the recession. 13.7 million people remain out of work. Hello Washington?
For the good of the country, it is time to stop trying to tear people down and start having an adult conversation about the future of the American middle class, including the public servants who work to make all our lives better.
I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.
Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.