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Middle Class Economy

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 10.06.2014 | World
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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Being a woman in a schizophrenic male world

Monique Villa | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Monique Villa

This past week, chatting away at the dinner table, I was asked about one of my favorite books. My answer was swift: 'Il Gattopardo' -"The Leopard"- th...

Two People Corporate America and the GOP Should Listen to

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We can expect that some of the folks Bair is criticizing will say that she hasn't had experience running a business. If so, what would they say in response to Craig Jelinek, who shares her concerns about growing wealth inequality in America?

Don't Pull Up the Ladder

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation heads toward a multicultural, multiracial future, sustained growth hinges on our ability to apply everyone's talents and creativity to building the next economy.

The Truth About the Middle Class

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

"The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class" by Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry argues that the stagnant middle class is a "myth." They are wrong. The truth is the middle class is not only stagnant but it is my fear that, without sustained and focused action, it is at risk of disappearing.

Millions Of Middle-Class Jobs Killed By Machines

AP | BERNARD CONDON and PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in de...

Jason Linkins

The Wall Street Journal Doesn't Actually Know Any Middle-Class Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Matt Yglesias highlights this infographic from a Wall Street Journal article that endeavors to explain how the fiscal cliff resolution will impact tax...

Dave Jamieson

The Road Forward: Employment Problems Loom Over Obama's Second Term

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On election night in Chicago two months ago, President Barack Obama triumphantly pledged to fight for a middle class he'd appealed to re...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Obama's Fiscal Cliff Tax Cave May Boost The Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Some progressives have blasted President Barack Obama for letting payroll taxes rise. Critics argue that the economy will suffer because the president...

The Kitchen Table Politics of the Fiscal Cliff

Candice Burns | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Candice Burns

Can I pay the rent or mortgage this month? Can Mom or Dad sign the kids up for that after-school program or buy that extra notebook for math class? Can the college graduate afford the studio apartment or have to live at home in the basement?

Most Expensive Cities In The U.S. Aren't What You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

New Yorkers may complain about paying $1,500 a month for a shoebox-sized apartment, but as it turns out, they don't have it so bad. New York is no...

Defying Gravity: The History of 40 Years of Wealth Falling Up

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Dan Froomkin

Who stole the American Dream? The short answer to the question in the title of Hedrick Smith's new book is: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wal-Mart. But the longer answer is one heck of a story, told by one of the great journalists of our time.

U.S. Recessions Deplete Middle-Skill Jobs, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business

Recessions are costing America middle-class jobs. Over the past two decades, U.S. employers often have laid off routine, middle-skill workers duri...

The Economic Index Obama Doesn't Want You To Know About

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.10.2012 | Money

While September's jobs report may have brought a sigh of relief to President Obama and the nation, the economic reality facing middle-income families ...

Presidential Debate One: Well-Crafted Axelrod Strategy -- Or a Plan Gone Awry?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Voters who support Obama need to see him want to be reelected. They want him to show that passion and desire. He isn't standing at that podium only for himself.

America in Denial

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Americans seem to be in a perpetual state of denial. About our past, our present and our future. A friend of mine teases that even Americans who don't live in a state of denial, tend to be frequent visitors. What are we in denial about?