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Obama Middle Class

Policy Matters! Wednesday's Income, Poverty, and Insurance Coverage Data

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

A year ago, President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act. The fact that Congress was unwilling to approve these jobs measures is one reason middle class families continue to struggle and why the growth that we are generating is doing an end run around them. In fact, if you think back to 2011, instead of debating jobs measures that could have helped middle class and low-income workers, what was Congress fighting about? Whether or not to default on the national debt. And now there's the specter of the fiscal cliff, another potential self-inflicted wound to an economy that needs a shot in the arm not a punch in the head.

Arthur Delaney

Middle Class Meltdown At Democratic Convention: Better Off, But Not Financially | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As a lawyer, city councilmember, and former mayor, Jill Duson figured she would not be unemployed for long when she lost her job as...

A New Report on the Middle Class

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Pew Research Center just released a report worth a close look, called "The Lost Decade of the Middle Class."

Jennifer Bendery

John Boehner: President Obama 'Doesn't Give A Damn' About Middle Class | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is too busy attacking Mitt Romney to care about middle-class Americans, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) charg...

Why I Hate the 'Middle Class' but Love Working Americans

Eric Sapp | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

Republicans are the Party of the Rich. Democrats now fashion ourselves the Party of the "Middle Class." Can anyone think of a group left with no champion? Here's a hint: 20% of Americans with a full time job are getting paid so little that their family of four is still living in poverty.

The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class, and Why Mitt Romney Doesn't Know

Robert Reich | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Mitt Romney says he's not concerned about the very poor because they have safety nets to protect them. He says he's concerned about the middle class. Romney doesn't seem to realize how much of the middle class is becoming poor.

Joy Resmovits

Can Obama Deliver On His College Affordability Promises? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | College

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- When Joe Biden traveled here last week with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to host a town hall on college affordabilit...

Channeling the Trustbuster

Mike Lux | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is fashionable in political circles today to say that speeches don't matter much. While I have a high degree of skepticism about politicians, and know painfully well how often they fall short of their words, I am of a different view.

Poor No More! Or That "Hard Working Middle Class" Baloney

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

The one thing Obama and Palin have in common? Everyone is middle class. To call a man or woman poor is to insult them -- to call them a failure in this land of plenty.

Laura Bassett

Middle Class Children Increasingly Relying On Public Programs, Report Finds | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since the income gap between middle-class and wealthy families in the United States has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985, middle-class parents...

WATCH: Obama Says Tax Cut Deal Imperfect, But Still Worth It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Darlene Superville, Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good d...

Defining Class in America: Has the Economic Crisis Brought Us Closer Together?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Curtis Valentine

Amid all the discussion about "Middle Class Tax Cuts" and the "War on the Middle Class," there has been little attention paid to the puzzling fact that Americans still do not have a hard and fast definition for middle class.

The Great American Credit Catastrophe Is Our Generation's 9/11

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The housing crisis is just one piece of the big, ugly mess of the consumer credit debacle. It seems to me that our president must call for immediate reform and take action through executive order.

WATCH: Small Business Owners Mixed On Obama's Aid Plan

The Huffington Post | Samira Nanda and Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small business owners are mixed on the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this week. The...

Dan Froomkin

Larry Summers Optimistic About Middle Class | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Top presidential economic adviser Larry Summers declared on Tuesday that the future of the American economy depends on a robust middle class. Speakin...

Sam Stein

Obama Hints At Procedural Compromise On Bush Tax Cuts, Says GOP's Holding 'Middle Class Hostage' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his first press conference since late May, President Obama offered one of the sternest rebukes to date of the Republican Party's position on the Bu...

WATCH: Obama Pledges To Help The Middle Class

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Darlene Superville, Associated Press WASHINGTON - A healthy economy needs bustling Main Streets and a thriving middle class even more than a healthy ...

Memo to America's Middle Class: Obama Is Just Not That Into You

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

If Obama is going to do the right thing for America's middle class, it's going to take Hope 2.0 -- the people have to make him do it.

Dan Froomkin

Biden To Wall-Street-Friendly Democrats: The Middle Class Comes First | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice President Biden today challenged a gathering of Wall-Street-friendly Democrats to join President Obama in making sure that this economic recovery...

$250,000 A Year Is Not Middle Class Anywhere In America

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Media voices perpetuate these myths of the impoverished wealthy, in part, because many media voices are themselves wealthy -- and there's no more powerful class solidarity than that which exists among the rich.

Is The Middle-Class American Dream Still In Reach?

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama and Vice President Biden previewed their proposals to help the middle class on Monday. The president said the "middle class has been u...

Sam Stein

Middle Class Task Force: Obama, Biden Launch Plans For Working Families | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families on Friday during a ceremony demonstrating...

Deer Hunting With Democrats

Nick Penniman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Penniman

McCain is inarticulate about the economy, and the Republican brand is more tarnished than it has been in decades.

Upper Class Pillaging

Mike Garibaldi-Frick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Garibaldi-Frick

Warren Buffet says, "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."

Taxes Are Not Always A Bad Thing

Jennifer Bernard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bernard

The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.