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Obama, Biden Tout Competitive Job Grants

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in comp...

Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Robert Reich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

America's savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the "recovery" began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we've seen for decades.

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.

Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For Middle Class Americans

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says it won't be easy to reverse forces that for decades have conspired against working Americans. But he sa...

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...

Obama Proposes 'Grand Bargain'

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered congressional Republicans a new corporate tax cut and jobs spending package he sa...

President Obama's Vision for the Middle Class in America

Dan Pfeiffer | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Dan Pfeiffer

The President thinks Washington has largely taken its eye off the ball on the most important issue facing the country. Instead of talking about how to help the middle class, too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals.

Obama Heads To Texas To Talk Middle-Class Jobs

Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE , The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning ...

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.

Chris Kirkham

Why Obama's Promise Won't Deliver

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.14.2013 | Business

In terms of rhetoric, President Obama's latest State of the Union address offered an ambitious call to action, aiming for no less than the restoration...

Obama Lays Out His Middle-Class Dream

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

Middle Class Woes Should Drive Obama Speech -- And Acts

Howard Fineman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Why wait for the president's speech? If you want to know his theme -- and it's hardly a surprise -- just glance at the quintessential Beltway pre-spin transaction: White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer's "exclusive" preview feed to Mike Allen's "Playbook." According to Pfeiffer, President Barack Obama is going to ... champion the middle class, which, Pfeiffer points out, his boss has done consistently since he began running for the highest office in the land back in 2007. That's true. I was there. Obama always has cited improving the economic lot of the middle class as a central purpose. So has every other politician in modern times. But as Obama prepares to deliver his latest State of the Union address, the issue isn't rhetoric -- it's results. And while the words are there, the results, to be blunt, are not.

What Obama Won't Tell You Tonight About Middle-Class Job Creation

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday will center on how to generate millions of new jobs -- specifically, jobs that support a m...

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.

Obama's Middle-Class Vision Still Far From Reality

Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

During his second inaugural address Monday, President Barack Obama painted a picture of a nation that boosted its middle class. But the reality is...

Obama's Road Forward

Howard Fineman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

In his second term Obama needs to build new and real things that tangibly improve the lives of the middle class and, yes, the poor; and advance the ball on the things he says he also cares about: the environment, immigration, education, tech, etc, plus figuring out what his consistent view is of foreign and defense policy.

The Long Road Forward: Obama's Second-Term Challenges

Howard Fineman | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

A new Huffington Post/YouGov poll shows voters modestly hopeful about Barack Obama's chances of being more successful in his second term. And, given the haplessness of his Republican foes, Obama is in an unusually strong position to deliver on the potential of his second term -- but only if he has the will and wherewithal to turn ballot-box victory into real-life results. That's the bottom line of an in-depth survey by The Huffington Post of the problems and prospects facing the president as he prepares for a second inauguration. Today we launch a series of stories giving you in-depth results of that survey: 20 reported pieces during the next week, 14 from the U.S. and six from overseas; pairs of expert blog posts published with each domestic story; HuffPost Live video interviews with reporters; and poll data from HuffPost/YouGov.

Obama's Bad Deal and Worse Negotiating

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

By easily compromising on his central campaign promise that he claimed was a line in the sand, Obama signaled to Republicans that there's nothing he won't compromise on.

The War on Drugs: A Shake-down, Not a Fair Shake for the Middle Class

Kumar Rao | Posted 02.17.2013 | New York
Kumar Rao

We can end draconian policing, move towards decriminalization of marijuana, treat substance abuse as a public health problem and not a criminal one, and invest in our youth and adults by supporting, not targeting, our communities.

Ryan Grim

Obama Shows Signs Of Crumble In New Fiscal Cliff Offer

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, with his latest fiscal cliff offer, proposes extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone earning less than $400,000...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Mitt Romney's Show Of Compassion Toward Middle Class Leaves Ohio Voters Unconvinced

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kelly McCoy, a 40-year-old single mother of two, lives in a low-income neighborhood here. As she browses the aisles of Deals, a thrift...

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Asks Obama the Most Important Question of the Election

Paolo Romanacci | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Paolo Romanacci

I am no fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck or her politics, but in fairness, her question was a good one. We (the middle class) are still suffering terribly.

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Biden Mocks Mitt Romney For Using Same Definition Of Middle Class As Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is so out of touch with regular Americans that he ...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...