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  • Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class

    04/18/2014 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | April 16 | AARON M. RENN
    This is the Democratic Party’s new top-bottom coalition, one in which the traditional middle class—white ethnics, blue-collar manufacturing and trade workers, small business owners, and others—has no part. These “left-outs” are the urban equivalents of Reagan Democrats. Their instinct to vote Democratic may remain, but the economic interests that once bound them to the party have largely disappeared, leaving them politically unaffiliated. They are open to voting for a compelling Republican, such as Rudolph Giuliani—particularly if the city in which they live appears to be spiraling downward. In other words, these independent-minded, urban middle classes are quintessential swing voters. They...
  • In America, the 'wealthy poor' replace the middle class

    03/21/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 03/21/2014 | Rick Newman
    One phenomenon of the modern economy is affluence that doesn’t feel like it. You work, earn and spend quite a lot, yet it seems you’re getting nowhere. Some new economic analysis helps quantify just how many people might be characterized as the “wealthy poor”— and it’s a surprisingly large chunk of the overall population. A new paper by economists Greg Kaplan and Justin Weidner of Princeton University, and Giovanni Violante of New York University, finds that about 70 million Americans may live in families they describe as “wealthy hand-to-mouth” households. These are families that own assets such as homes, cars,...
  • Big Labor: ObamaCare is making income inequality worse, you know

    03/08/2014 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    A bunch of labor unions’ massive retrenchment from directly supporting the passage of ObamaCare to publicly taking the legislation to the woodshed is well documented by now, but yet another big union just came out swinging against the law by levying one of President Obama’s favorite intellectually bankrupt themes against him: Income inequality, of course. Via the Washington Examiner: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.“Only in...
  • The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America (Compelling Read)

    03/07/2014 11:48:59 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    The American ^ | 2/22/2014 | Joseph Bottum
    ...Over the past 50 years or so, these post-Protestants have gradually formed the core of a new and fascinating social class in America....And we can recognize their origins in mainline Protestantism when we discern some of the ways in which they see the world and themselves. They are, for the most part, politically liberal, preferring that government rather than private associations address social concerns. They remained puritanical and highly judgmental, at least about health. And like all puritans, they are willing to use law to compel behavior they think right. Nonetheless, they do not think of themselves as akin to...
  • Giving up on Washington (Salena Zito)

    02/24/2014 9:41:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio The roar is gone. Five years after Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel's once-thunderous mill went idle, the only sound here is that of the oldest parts of the plant being dismantled. The demolition began about a day or so before a red carpet rolled out at the White House for a state dinner featuring a dress worn by the first lady that cost more than the salary of a police officer in this town. The demolition still was going on last Wednesday, at the same time that Vice President Joe Biden boasted about the positive impact that the American Recovery...
  • Land of Inequality: Government of elites, by elites, for elites.

    02/24/2014 6:49:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Troy Senik
    From the end of World War II until the 1990s, California possessed a magnetism unique among the 50 states. It was — according to a mythology that was probably overwrought even in those halcyon days — an American Eden, a place where ambition and unfettered imagination combined to make even the most exotic dreams seem feasible. One of the reasons that image was so enduring was that the state consistently delivered on the outsized expectations. It came to be the center of American entertainment, with “Hollywood” becoming a metonym for the entire industry. It fostered the digital revolution that would...
  • The U.S. Middle Class Is Turning Proletarian

    02/20/2014 12:46:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    New Geography ^ | February 16, 2014 | Joel Kotkin
    The biggest issue facing the American economy, and our political system, is the gradual descent of the middle class into proletarian status. This process, which has been going on intermittently since the 1970s, has worsened considerably over the past five years, and threatens to turn this century into one marked by downward mobility. The decline has less to do with the power of the “one percent” per se than with the drying up of opportunity amid what is seen on Wall Street and in the White House as a sustained recovery. Despite President Obama’s rhetorical devotion to reducing inequality, it...
  • FOOD PRICES SKYROCKETING SINCE 2011 WHILE WAGES STAGNANT

    02/19/2014 6:02:47 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 91 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/14 | William Bigelow
    CBS News reports that the combination of food prices being inflated and the stagnation of wages is threatening the middle class. The report noted that staples such as chicken, ground beef, and bacon have skyrocketed in price since 2011: the price of chicken is 18.4% more than it was; ground beef is up 16.8%; and bacon saw a huge increase of 22.8% in price. These price hikes came despite the federal government’s sunny assertion that prices in general have only increased 6.4% in that period. Meanwhile, median income has only risen 1% each year, while the cost of college tuition...
  • The Failure of Obama’s Aristocracy of Merit

    02/18/2014 8:18:57 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    Nationalreview.com ^ | 2/18/2014 | Michael Barone
    The roots of American liberalism are not compassion, but snobbery. That’s the thesis of Fred Siegel’s revealing new book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class.
  • 28 Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Towards Extinction

    02/06/2014 5:34:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/6/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, The death of the middle class in America has become so painfully obvious that now even the New York Times is doing stories about it. Millions of middle class jobs have disappeared, incomes are steadily decreasing, the rate of homeownership has declined for eight years in a row and U.S. consumers have accumulated record-setting levels of debt. Being independent is at the heart of what it means to be "middle class", and unfortunately the percentage of Americans that are able to take care of themselves without government assistance continues to decline....
  • Obama: US can help more join the middle class

    02/01/2014 3:37:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2014 6:00 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. can take steps to ensure more people can join and stay in the middle class. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is echoing themes from his State of the Union address. He says some of his ideas require Congress, but he’ll take steps on his own where he can. …
  • Is Obamacare The Final Nail In The Coffin Of The Middle Class?

    11/19/2013 1:32:51 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-18-13 | Michael Snyder
    If there were any shreds of hope left that the stunning decline of the middle class could be turned around, Obamacare has absolutely destroyed them. Over the past decade or so, the middle class in the United States has been absolutely eviscerated. The number of working age Americans without a job has increased by 27 million since the year 2000, median household income in the U.S. has fallen for five years in a row, and the poverty numbers in this country are spiraling out of control. And now here comes Obamacare. As you will see below, Obamacare is causing millions...
  • ObamaCare Breaks Obama's Middle Class Tax Pledge, Too

    11/14/2013 5:11:16 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/13 | IBD Staff
    Taxes: Once upon a time, President Obama promised he wouldn't raise taxes on the middle class. Millions of those getting insurance cancellation notices are finding out how fraudulent that promise was, too. Matthew Fleischer, a freelance writer in Los Angeles, recently learned ObamaCare will force him off a plan he likes, and a comparable policy will cost him nearly $800 more next year. "Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act," he wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. "We just didn't...
  • Middle Class Is the New Poor

    11/11/2013 7:01:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/01/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Uncertainty and struggle are what we most often associate with poverty. Not knowing if you can still afford to pay next month’s bills and worrying over how much more you can cut back when you’re already barely getting by. This way of life has become more associated with the middle class than with those at the very bottom. The statistic that shows that average black household worth is at $4,955 while average white household worth is at $110,729 is often quoted, but these numbers are not comparing similar things. The $110,729 and $4,955 don’t reflect different standards of living; but...
  • The Sad, Slow Economic Decline of the American Family

    11/06/2013 3:16:48 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 4 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | November 6, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    My mother and father taught me some important lessons in my life. One of them was to not to pay attention to what someone is saying, but rather pay attention to what they are doing and the consequences of their actions. Never has this lesson been more evident in taking stock of the economic policies of Obama and the progressive liberals who seek to transform America from an individualistic, capitalistic society to a collective, socially democrat one. We hear on the news every day that the economy is improving, people are going back to work, and that the dark days...
  • CARSON: Your government is morbidly obese

    10/30/2013 9:35:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2013 | Ben S. Carson
    We have all heard the news stories about people so morbidly obese that they could not exit their house or apartment. I remember one story of a person who had to be lifted out with a crane after a wall was removed. These people are addicted to eating, and in some cases, ate incessantly even though they knew that they were jeopardizing their health and eventually, their lives. They grew so large that they were barely able to move and rendered themselves largely useless except as a food-disposal unit. This reminds me of our federal government, which was once agile...
  • 25 Stats That Prove That The American Dream Is Being Systematically Destroyed

    10/24/2013 3:08:27 PM PDT · by alexmark · 13 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Michael Snyder
    The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America The 25 statistics that you are about to read are solid proof that the middle class in America is being systematically wiped out. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world. It seemed like almost everyone owned a home, had a couple of nice vehicles and could provide a very comfortable lifestyle for their families. Sadly, that has all changed. In America today, prices are rising at a very brisk pace but incomes are not....
  • EPA regs shutter New England’s largest coal plant

    10/09/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/9/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    New England’s largest coal-fired power plant has been slated for shutdown, partly due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.The Brayton Point Station in Massachusetts will no longer provide power to the region’s electrical grid when the plant is shut down in 2017. The plant’s owner Energy Capital Partners has cited several factors for its closing, including competition from natural gas and the need to spend “significant capital to meet environmental regulations and to operate and maintain an aging plant.”Environmentalists argue that coal is no longer an economically viable fuel source.“If Brayton Point can’t make it economically, no coal plant can make...
  • Carter: Middle Class Today Resembles Past's Poor

    10/08/2013 4:36:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 7, 2013 | Lisa Leff
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.
  • Obama: GOP tactics hold middle class 'hostage'

    09/20/2013 2:56:41 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    USA Today (link only) | Sept 20, 2013 | David Jackson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/20/obama-congress-republicans-kansas-city-budget-shutdown/2842889/
  • How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class

    08/26/2013 7:39:05 PM PDT · by lbryce · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2013 | DAVID H. AUTOR AND DAVID DORN
    In the four years since the Great Recession officially ended, the productivity of American workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — has risen smartly. But the United States still has two million fewer jobs than before the downturn, the unemployment rate is stuck at levels not seen since the early 1990s and the proportion of adults who are working is four percentage points off its peak in 2000. This job drought has spurred pundits to wonder whether a profound employment sickness has overtaken us. And from there, it’s only a short leap to ask whether that illness isn’t...
  • Rick Santorum in Iowa: The Term ‘Middle Class’ is ‘Marxism Talk’

    08/14/2013 6:07:21 PM PDT · by yongin · 31 replies
    Mediate ^ | August 13, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Is there such thing as “class” in America? Not if you ask Rick Santorum. The once and possibly future GOP presidential candidate spoke to a Republican gathering in Lyon County, Iowa late last week and shared this piece of advice with his party: “Don’t use the term the other side uses.” That includes the “middle class.” Santorum proceeded to tear into President Obama for constantly invoking the term “middle class” in his speeches about the economy. “Since when in America do we have classes?” Santorum asked. “Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a...
  • Is Populism Dead?

    08/01/2013 5:09:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Occupy Wall Streeters claimed that they were populists. Their ideological opposites, the Tea Partiers, said they were, too. Both became polarizing. And so far populism, whether on the right or left, does not seem to have made inroads with the traditional Republican and Democrat establishments. Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office. Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers havencollectively paid in higher fuel costs over the last 54 months.Victor DavisVictor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution,...
  • Vacationer Obama's Favorite Vineyard "Vulture"

    07/31/2013 4:22:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    It's good to be the king ... of class warfare hypocrisy. While he lectures his political opponents about their neglect of middle-class America, President Obama is headed to Martha's Vineyard. Again. Because nothing spells populist like a $7.6 million, 9.5-acre estate owned by one of Chicago's wealthiest corporate financiers. The sprawling summer manse of David Schulte is actually a downgrade from the Obama family's previous summer digs. The $21 million, 28.5-acre Blue Heron Farm that had hosted Obama and his massive entourage since 2009 isn't available for rental anymore because a British mogul snapped it up. But don't be bumming....
  • Obama’s clueless message to America’s middle class shows a presidency out of touch with reality

    07/31/2013 3:06:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 31, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that...
  • Obama's HUD to Expand Middle Class

    07/29/2013 7:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2013 | Richard Butrick
    How? Just move people from low income neighborhoods into middle class neighborhoods. This brilliant stratagem is being promoted by Shaun Donovan, Obama's newly appointed head of HUD. According to Donovan, the middle class is the middle class because they have all the advantages of living in middle class neighborhoods. After all, middle class neighborhoods have better "schools, jobs, transportation, and other important neighborhood resources that can play a role in helping people move into the middle class." Move people from low income neighborhoods with poor "assets" into neighborhoods with good "assets" and presto they will have middle class jobs and...
  • The Inequality President: The rich have done fine under Obamanomics, not so the middle class.

    07/25/2013 10:19:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    President Obama made his fourth or fifth, or maybe it's the seventh or eighth, pivot to the economy on Wednesday, and a revealing speech it was. We counted four mentions of "growth" but "inequality" got five. This goes a long way to explaining why Mr. Obama is still bemoaning the state of the economy five years into his Presidency. The President summed up his economic priorities close to the top of his hour-long address. "This growing inequality isn't just morally wrong; it's bad economics," he told his Galesburg, Illinois audience. "When middle-class families have less to spend, businesses have fewer...
  • Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class

    07/24/2013 7:11:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER
    President Obama tried to move past months of debate over guns, surveillance and scandal on Wednesday and reorient his administration behind a program to lift a middling economy and help middle-class Americans who are stuck with stagnant incomes and shrinking horizons. In speeches in two small college towns in the Midwest, Mr. Obama lamented that typical Americans had been left behind by globalization, Wall Street irresponsibility and Washington policies, while the richest Americans had accumulated more wealth. He declared it “my highest priority” to reverse those trends, while accusing other politicians of not only ignoring the problem but also making...
  • The Economic Speech Obama Ought To Give

    07/24/2013 4:34:31 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/23/2013 | IBD Staff
    Mea Culpa: The president is planning a major speech in Illinois Wednesday on economic policy. You don't need a crystal ball to predict what he'll say. But here's what he arguably should say. My fellow Americans, eight years ago, I stood here on the steps of Knox College to deliver a commencement address, and I took the opportunity to lay out my vision for economic opportunity. The speech was an indictment of President Bush's idea of a go-it-alone "ownership society." The key to America's greatness, I argued, came from government programs like Social Security, from government regulations, and from government...
  • 5 Ways Barack Obama Is Making War On The Middle Class

    07/02/2013 7:19:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2013 | John Hawkins
    While Barack Obama is enjoying extravagant parties with Hollywood celebrities and taking opulent vacations, America's middle class is being decimated by his policies. Certainly Obama deserves to be condemned for the Nixonian corruption and Carteresque incompetence of his administration, but what Obama is doing to middle class Americans is just as despicable. He's slowly, but surely squeezing them into oblivion. Sadly, many Democrats are fine with this because they've calculated that a poor voter or better yet in their eyes, a voter dependent on welfare and food stamps, is more likely to support them than a voter in the middle...
  • The Myth of Gatsby’s Suffering Middle Class

    06/03/2013 8:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/03/2013 | Amity Shlaes
    Another decade, another Gatsby. The actors change but the message put forward in the adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book stays the same. The 1920s were as ephemeral as a Champagne bubble. A fake stock market, an illicit liquor business and other falsehoods made Jay Gatsby and others like him into correspondingly false millionaires. The pleasure of the rich, “careless people,” as a character calls them, came at a cost to the rest, especially the middle class, the small people, mere ants in black tie to be trampled by giants like Gatsby at their parties. The inaccuracy here starts...
  • President Obama’s Press Secretary On The Middle-Class Jobs Tour: Why Visit Texas? Why Not?

    05/09/2013 4:06:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Dallasnews.com ^ | May 9,2013 | Wayne Slater
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president is traveling to Texas tomorrow because while there’s lots of gridlock and partisan infighting in Washington, the Lone Star State is home to the kind of economic growth Obama wants to highlight. President Obama will tour a high-tech high school and a chip-machine manufacturer near Austin on Thursday. So, why Texas, where Rick Perry credits Republicans for the state’s economic success?
  • Obama Budget Shows Middle-Class Tax Pledge Was Fraud

    04/25/2013 4:32:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/23/2013 | IBD Staff
    Taxes: A new study shows President Obama's budget would significantly boost taxes on the middle class. Funny, we seem to recall him promising voters that only the rich would pay for his grandiose spending plans. According to the analysis from the nonpartisan but liberal-leaning Tax Policy Center, Obama's budget would hit wealthy families hardest, with the top 20% of income earners shouldering almost 90% of the tax hike. But families at every income level would end up paying more if Obama's budget were enacted, including those making less than $10,000 a year.
  • Who Says New York Is Not Affordable? (Rich elsewhere is middle class in NYC)

    04/24/2013 6:29:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/24/2013 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    One of the first things you learn when living in New York is that what qualifies as wealthy somewhere else seems barely middle-class here. On the Upper West Side, where I live, it’s hard not to feel as if Manhattan is impossibly expensive for young professionals. The average nondoorman, one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood rents for about $2,500 a month. Oatmeal-raisin cookies at Levain Bakery cost $4 each. A pair of sensible, unstylish walking flats from Harry’s Shoes can set you back $480. I suppose, by comparison, that the $198 chef’s menu at Jean-Georges doesn’t sound so ridiculous. New Yorkers...
  • ObamaCare Taxes Will Increasingly Bite Middle Class

    04/17/2013 4:46:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/16/2013 | John Merline
    When President Obama was selling his signature health care reform bill back in early 2010, he described it as the "largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history." The costs would be largely paid by taxing insurance companies "that stand to gain a lot of money and a lot of profits" and by making "sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share on Medicare." [snip] But a closer examination finds that ObamaCare's three biggest taxes — a Medicare surcharge, the so-called Cadillac tax and an insurance premium fee — will increasingly hit the middle class because of how...
  • White House confirms: Obama Budget Contains Middle Class Income Tax Hike

    04/09/2013 8:26:37 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 25 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 4/9/2014 | John Kartch
    White House spokesman Jay Carney “not disputing” Obama budget would “raise taxes on middle class Americans.” The White House has confirmed that President Obama’s forthcoming budget contains an income tax increase on middle class Americans. During a Friday, April 5 White House press briefing, spokesman Jay Carney replied “I’m not disputing that” when asked if a particular Obama budget proposal would raise income taxes on the middle class. The proposal in question is known as “Chained CPI.” The term is a Beltway euphemism for measuring inflation at a different, slower pace. Many tax and budget items are indexed to inflation,...
  • Jim Rogers: We're Wiping Out The Savings Class Globally, To Terrible Consequence (video)

    04/05/2013 10:05:06 AM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Mar 9, 2013 | Jim Rogers
      videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0TSQaKMK2w   Jim Rogers decries the growing uncertainty and recklessness of global central planners as the world enters unchartered financial markets: For the first time in recorded history, we have nearly every central bank printing money and trying to debase their currency. This has never happened before. How it’s going to work out, I don't know. It just depends on which one goes down the most and first, and they take turns. When one says a currency is going down, the question is against what? because they are all trying to debase themselves. It’s a peculiar time in world history.I own the...
  • Sarah Palin urges GOP to broaden message, 'leave no American behind'

    03/16/2013 4:07:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Returning to the national stage, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday that the Republican Party must broaden its message to grow. "We must leave no American behind," she said in a populist speech that electrified supporters at a conservative summit in suburban Washington. "And we must share our powerful message of freedom and liberty to all citizens - even those who may disagree on some issues." Palin has maintained a low profile during last year's election. She's expected to play a limited role in the future of the GOP but shared several recommendations Saturday....
  • Krugman: Death Panels and Middle-Class Tax Hikes Ahead

    02/08/2013 5:09:52 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/07/2013 | IBD Staff
    Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama's favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama's policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it's no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... . Something is going to have to give." What's that something?
  • Obama Claims Adding 11 Million Low-Skilled Workers Will Strengthen the Middle Class

    01/30/2013 4:10:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    They’re not contributing members. They take away jobs from Americans, leech off the social benefits system and commit a number of crimes besides the whole “illegal entry” deal. Jails tend to be full of illegal aliens for a reason. "Every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living. Often they do that in a shadow economy — a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage or make them work overtime without extra pay. And when that happens, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for the entire economy....
  • Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry: The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class

    01/24/2013 6:25:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/24/2013 | Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry
    A favorite "progressive" trope is that America's middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s. One version of this claim, made by Robert Reich, President Clinton's labor secretary, is typical: "After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top," he wrote in 2010, "the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going." This trope is spectacularly wrong. It is true enough that, when adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the average hourly wage of nonsupervisory workers in America has remained about the...
  • What Is Middle Class in Manhattan?

    01/20/2013 7:55:47 AM PST · by proxy_user · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | AMY O’LEARY
    DRIVE through almost any neighborhood around the country, and class divisions are as clear as the gate around one community or the grittiness of another. From the footprint of the house to the gleam on the car in the driveway, it is not hard to guess the economic status of the people who live there. Even the landscape is carved up by class. From 15,000 feet up, you can stare down at subdivisions and tract houses, and America’s class lines will stare right back up at you. Manhattan, however, is not like most places. Its 1.6 million residents hide in...
  • We Are the 98 Percent

    01/07/2013 7:01:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The American ^ | January 7, 2013 | Cliff Asness
    The only way to finance a big European-style state is to have it paid for by massive taxation of everyone, mostly the middle class. Right now, we are avoiding honest debate on this fact. The central issue of our time is the debate over the size and scope of government. Two unpleasant but undeniable mathematical truths limit the feasible policy choices. The recent sound and fury of the fiscal cliff follies in the end signified nothing because the resolution was in fact just a denial of both truths.The first truth is that the current tax rates cannot support the promises...
  • Surprise: Elizabeth Warren Can’t Define What the Phrase “Middle Class” Means

    01/05/2013 5:37:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    President Obama -- along with many of the liberal Democrats in Congress -- originally defined “the rich” as couples making more than $250,000 a year. They were very specific and emphatic about how this group of taxpayers needs to pay their “fair share.” Yet, when one of the Senate’s newest -- and one of the most liberal -- members was asked to define what income groups comprise the “middle class,” she simply couldn’t do it. How remarkable: Elizabeth Warren Can't Define What Middle Class Is "It’s not a numbers issue. I know you would expect a very wonky answer from...
  • After Tax Hike, Obama Still Thinks Rich Need to Pay More (Except himself))

    01/03/2013 9:05:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    It apparently wasn't enough to raise taxes on 77 percent of Americans with the fiscal cliff deal signed into law by auto-pen late last night by President Obama. In a video put out by the White House, President Obama dishonestly explained what the fiscal cliff means and then proceeded to say some Americans still need to "pay their fair share." Obama said there is more he wants to do to reduce our debt in a "balanced way," because after all, the $41 in tax hikes per $1 in spending cuts apparently wasn't enough irresponsibility for him. He gloated over the...
  • David Gregory's Slobbering Obama Interview

    01/01/2013 5:46:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    NBC's David Gregory interviewed President Barack Obama on "Meet the Press" Sunday, and a conversation ensued that would have been more fitting for a show called "The President Meets One of His Many Mainstream Media Enablers." Let's take a look at just some of the exchanges and fantasize how different the nation's political and electoral climate might be if the liberal press were doing its job as watchdog instead of taking sides. Obama said, "We're seeing signs of recovery ... in employment numbers improving." Might Gregory have asked Obama how he can continue to put an unrealistically positive spin on...
  • Tackling Fairness and Justice

    12/29/2012 8:46:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The last year has been a tough one for conservatives. The hope that four years of failed policy would be enough to repudiate the liberal/progressive ideology of the Obama administration ended when the majority of the American public voted to maintain their entitlements -- so long as someone else paid for them. And the conservative response to the debacle has been for the various factions within the movement to declare war on each other. It's time for conservatives to give serious thought to what they believe and how they can make a more persuasive case that conservative principles offer the...
  • Save the Middle Class ... and Everyone Else

    12/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- William McGurn, the esteemed Wall Street Journal columnist and soon-to-be editor of the editorial page of the New York Post, has made an interesting observation about the fabulous Bush tax cuts that are about to lapse. They amount to a substantial sum of money for a middle-class family. For the middle class it will be a big deal if they disappear. President Barack Obama has portrayed the Bush tax cuts as a rich person's tax cut, but now he is portraying them as a huge tax break for the middle class. Of a sudden he says do not...
  • Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 7:31:22 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 12-7-2012 | Money Morning - Keith Fitz-Gerald
    Fiscal Cliff Means 50% Tax Rates For The Middle Class Politics / TaxesDec 07, 2012 - 08:12 AM By: Money Morning Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: If I didn't know any better, I'd think there's a small but growing group of people in Washington who think it would actually be good if we temporarily went over the fiscal cliff. I say that because I am seeing a smattering of articles recently suggesting that somehow going over the cliff "won't be all that bad" or that we're "really just talking about cuts that need to happen in the first place." President Obama seems...
  • 10 Explanations Of How Conservatism Helps The Middle Class

    12/07/2012 8:11:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Hawkins
    There's a lot to be said for talking about the Constitution, economic theory and what's best for the country. However, one place we conservatives have slipped in recent years is framing our policies in a way that answers the very first question on the mind of most voters, "How does this benefit me?" That needs to change. Conservatism is an ideology that benefits everyone, but it's particularly helpful to middle class Americans. If we want to bring more of those voters to the Right, we have to do a better job of explaining to them exactly how we're going to...