08/31/2011 01:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Arianna Discusses The Middle Class On MSNBC's 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (VIDEO)

Arianna appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' to discuss the jobs crisis among America's middle class.

After running through some discouraging jobs statistics, Arianna explained:

"Beyond the numbers is the fact that this has been a wasted year when it comes to saving the middle class. Not only have we done almost nothing, we've taken measures that are going to make it much harder to turn things around. And we've done things like extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that are detrimental. And above all, the whole conversation has changed, so instead of focusing on jobs, over the last two years we've actually seen a decrease in the amount of time we spend discussing the jobs crisis, and a skyrocketing increase in the amount of time we spent discussing the deficit crisis."

In terms of Washington addressing the jobs crisis, Arianna stated that "what is staggering is that this is an area where what is right for the country intersects with what is good for the politicians' self-interests, what is good for their reelection prospects."


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