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At An L.A. Bakery, Joe Biden Makes His Pitch For The Middle Class

Joe Biden promoted Democratic values and made a case for the middle class during a visit to California.

October 8, 2014

On Labor Day, What About Labor’s Fair Share?

By Joseph R. Blasi, McClatchy-Tribune News Service For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the wide middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes […]

August 29, 2014

The Smallness Of Being In Economy Class

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy. […]

August 28, 2014

Obama Signs Order To Cap Student Loan Payments At 10 Percent Of Income

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order that lets millions of college graduates cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income, a move he says will help “open the doors of opportunity for all.” By amending student loan regulations to put the […]

June 9, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Divided: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, a collection of essays edited by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, best-selling author, and regular contributor to The National Memo. The growing gap between rich and poor remains a dominant issue among the 99 percent, but without the support of a majority of elected leaders, the middle […]

May 31, 2014

Rebrand Redux: GOP Hopes To Appeal To Middle Class Through New Book Release

On Thursday, the Republican Party unveiled the latest strategy in its ongoing struggle to appeal to the middle class, or any class outside of the 1 percent. The release of a new conservative manifesto, entitled Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class, is meant to serve as a first […]

May 22, 2014

Shifting Global Economy Requires New Approach To Education

Watching a graduation awards program at a parochial high school last week, I smiled with the soon-to-be grads, most of whom seemed giddy with anticipation at the next phase of their lives. It’s the season for those rituals — the ceremonies, the parties, the congratulatory toasts. The program that I attended involved sons and daughters […]

May 17, 2014

The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

WASHINGTON — Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. Ronald Reagan brought morning to America. Nelson Rockefeller, running for his fourth term as governor of New York in 1970, had a snappy slogan: “He’s done a lot. He’ll do more.” British prime minister Harold Macmillan told voters in the late ’50s they […]

May 12, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Ghosts Of Tom Joad: A Story Of The #99Percent’

At age 53, everything changed. I was run out of the good job I had held for over 20 years, and for a long time the pension I’d earned, the thing I had counted on to provide for me, was in jeopardy. My skill set was pretty narrow, the market was tough and nobody with […]

May 3, 2014

McClatchy-Marist Poll: American Dream Seen As Out Of Reach

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Racing into a new century in which many of the old rules don’t seem to apply anymore, Americans are overwhelmingly pessimistic about their chances of achieving and sustaining the American dream, according to a new Marist-McClatchy Poll. They see an economic system in which they have to work […]

February 13, 2014

Obama The Confidence Builder

WASHINGTON — When President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday evening, his way was that of a politically moderate, temperamentally optimistic Democratic governor. He offered a long list of relatively modest but helpful programs that many voters will warm to and Republicans ought to have a hard time opposing. Obama took a State of the […]

January 29, 2014

Middle-Class Americans Suffer In Silence, For Now

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s proposed tax on millionaires has restored the issue of “class warfare” to the forefront of politics. The new tax plan follows a week of intense campaigning by the president for his jobs bill, and of considerable attention devoted to a Census Bureau finding that poverty rose to a […]

September 20, 2011