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Middle Class

Danziger: “A Miracle For The Middle Class”

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

November 23, 2017
Trump voters

Can Liberals Learn To Love The Trump Voter?

It is possible—and necessary—to loudly condemn the racism essential to Trump’s rise, the racism his voters articulated and countenanced, while simultaneously building a broad political movement that targets if not those very voters, then ones very much like them who stayed home on election day. However, doing so requires abandoning the most comforting liberal narratives about the right and its supporters.

February 20, 2017

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Biden, Democrats, Middle Class

As Democrats Ponder Their Future, Biden Advocates For The Middle Class

As the Democratic Party struggles to understand what went wrong in an election, that same instinct leads Biden to offer a diagnosis and a prescription for what he sees as a more successful approach, one which pushes back, if ever-so-gently, against a powerful current in Democratic politics.

December 23, 2016
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GOP Plans To Destroy Our Safety Net Will Also Kill Democracy

Tragically, Republicans are today planning to destroy both our nation’s progressive taxation system and our social safety net, in obsequious service to their billionaire paymasters.

December 22, 2016
Neal Gabler

Neal Gabler And How Not To Make It

To somebody like me whose professional career roughly parallels Gabler’s, the man’s personal choices are mind-boggling. As he correctly points out, “writer…is a financially perilous profession.” To keep your head above water, it’s important to keep your wits about you.

April 27, 2016

Study: US Middle-Class Families Are No Longer In The Majority

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study.

December 10, 2015

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Clinton Will Unveil Aggressive Economic Agenda That Targets Wall Street, High Earners

Hillary Clinton will announce Monday what aides call a far-reaching plan to restructure the economy to move more of the nation’s wealth to middle- and low-wage earners.

July 12, 2015
woman worker computer busy business paper

Labor Department Proposes Extending Overtime Pay

Low-wage workers — many of whom are educated — stand to gain from the Department of Labor’s proposed new overtime rules. Even if workers may not work more hours, it’s likely the rule could lead to greater employment.

July 1, 2015
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Senate Democrats Filibuster Obama-Backed Trade Measure

Senate Democrats fight on behalf of the U.S. dollar and the middle-class by voting against Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership.

May 12, 2015

Wealth Gap In America Grows At Disturbing Pace

We’re still waiting for a recovery that helps everyone, not just the wealthy.

March 25, 2015

In Both Red And Blue States, Talk Of Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Both Democrats and Republicans are looking at new tax cuts in 2015.

February 18, 2015

Obama Says Wealth Accumulation Speaks To Need For U.S. Tax Shift

President Obama is making the case for a fairer tax code.

February 9, 2015

Will Obama’s Budget Break A Legislative Logjam On Paid Family Leave?

President Obama’s new budget could be a huge boost for family leave.

February 4, 2015

Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, On Message — For Now

House Democrats are all on the same page — for now.

January 30, 2015

Obama’s ‘Middle-Class Economics’ Has To Be About Fairness And Prosperity

The fairer “middle-class economics” described in the State of the Union are also the right policies to help the economy grow.

January 22, 2015

Obama Leaves Obstinate GOP Behind With State Of The Union

The president’s big speech revealed why he’s winning the economic debate — and why the GOP needs to find a new message, quickly.

January 21, 2015

‘The Shadow Of Crisis Has Passed,’ Obama Says In State Of The Union Speech

President Obama offered an unapologetic progressive agenda in his State of the Union address.

January 20, 2015
US President Barack Obama speaks in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 2015

Obama Moves To Lift Legacy, Party’s 2016 Outlook With Tax Plans

President Obama is shifting his agenda to the left in the fourth quarter of his presidency.

January 19, 2015

What Change Sounds Like

How can you tell that Democrats are winning the message war? Just listen to Republicans.

January 19, 2015
US President Barack Obama answers questions at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on January 16, 2015, in Washington, DC

Obama To Talk ‘Middle-Class Economics’ In State Of The Union Address

Get a preview of President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address.

January 19, 2015

Chuck Schumer: Take Two

Forget Obamacare — the rest of Schumer’s infamous National Press Club speech lays out a Democratic plan for victory.

December 18, 2014

Obamacare And The Middle Class

Senator Schumer is dead wrong on Obamacare.

December 2, 2014

Plutocrat Or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

Is Hillary Clinton a populist, a plutocrat — or a firm believer in the American middle class?

October 30, 2014