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Fewer Americans Think They’re Middle Class

By Gillian B. White If you had to place yourself in a socioeconomic class, where would you land? That’s a tricky and personal question for most Americans. Education, income, and even parental wealth can all factor into class status, but … Continue reading

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Why did the ‘poor Mercedes lady’ evoke such a passionate response?

By Soraya Nadia McDonald By now, you’ve seen it, or heard about it, or at least scrolled past the link on Facebook. The first-person account in The Washington Post of Darlena Cunha, the mom who drove her husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor … Continue reading

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This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

By Darlena Cunha Sara Bareilles played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from … Continue reading

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How I lost my middle-class life

By Jayme Reid Recently I read an article in the New York Times Magazine by Dominique Browning, the former House and Garden magazine editor who lost her job when the magazine folded in 2007. Like “The Bag Lady Papers,” a … Continue reading

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Income Inequality Is Hurting The Economy, 3 Dozen Economists Say

By Christopher S. Rugaber The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals. It’s hurting the U.S. economy. So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated … Continue reading

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Where Have America’s Wages Gone?

By Richard (RJ) Eskow A new briefing paper from the Economic Policy Institute provides an overview of the income stagnation currently plaguing the vast majority of Americans. “A Decade of Flat Wages,” by Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz, offers valuable background on … Continue reading

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Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

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Walmart’s Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods

By Stacey Mitchell Almost 30 years ago, as the U.S. was bleeding jobs, Walmart launched a “Buy America” program and started hanging “Made in America” signs in its 750 stores. It was a marketing success, cementing the retailer’s popularity in the … Continue reading

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Court ruling could doom living-wage law

By Andrew J. Hawkins A judge’s decision to strike down the city’s prevailing-wage law provides the Bloomberg administration an opening to get rid of another City Council statute it doesn’t like: the 2012 living-wage law. The administration’s lawyers believe that … Continue reading

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A Better Bargain for Responsible, Middle Class Homeowners

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