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CBO Data Shows that Income After Taxes and Transfers has Increased While Market Income has Remained Nearly Unchanged for the Middle Class

Much is being made this political season over the stagnant incomes of middle-class workers and what can be done to improve their living standards. Solutions have ranged from more targeted tax cuts—such as “payroll tax cuts, family-friendly...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Jr. called for ‘school choice’ — here’s what the experts have to say

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Speaking at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening, Donald Trump Jr. offered a harsh critique of the American education system: “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class; now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for...

The Loneliness of Being Black in San Francisco

3 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

As the tech industry thrives, San Francisco’s African-American population is dwindling and its black middle class has all but disappeared.

A History Of Interpreting Blackness To White Audiences

“So much black intellectual energy has been expended on convincing white audiences simply to care about the exploitation of the black poor and the alienation of the black middle classes. The receptivity of particular white audiences has fluctuated over time, and with it—in tandem, arguably—various indicators of racial inequality. Perhaps just as pressing, then, as […]

Trump Jr. Passes Up Chance to Plagiarize Al Shanker

Education never figures big in presidential campaigns, but Donald Trump Jr. used it to fire a salvo during his speech at the Republican National Convention yesterday evening. Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class, now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the […]

Morning Video: Trump Son Decries Education System That Benefits Teachers Not Kids

As you can see above, Donald Trump's son gave a speech last night that included some pretty harsh language about education: "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like...Show More Summary

Doesn't Any Trump Know How to Play This Game?: Paying Bespoke Prices for Used Off-the-Rack Metaphors

Live from the Cleveland Dumpster Fire: No. No Trump knows how to play this game: Donald Trump, Jr. (July 19, 2016): "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they are stalled on the ground floor. They are like Soviet-era department stores, run for the benefit...

Open thread #2 for Day 2 of Republican Nat'l Convention

In a Trump world, The Donnie really would be worth $10 billion, the middle class would be minimum-wage apprentices, and the rest of us unpaid interns.  Ivanka would be on the $20 and Melania on the $100.  And Trump would be assigned an unrestricted personal PIN # for the U.S. Show More Summary

San Francisco: The Hardest City To Be Poor (Or Middle Class)

In front of the glowing new offices of Twitter on the edge of the Tenderloin, I watch the programmer step over the soiled, jean-clad legs of the homeless man lying on the sidewalk. As I descend into the underground BART station at Civic Center, I see a tired young woman who looks like a high school English teacher. Show More Summary

Furniture from New Chinese Startup May Soon Be Available in the U.S.

ZaoZuo launched at last year’s Beijing Design Week Demand for high-quality, design-forward, western-style furniture is increasing in China, where the growth of the urban middle class continues to explode. Because of the country’s massive...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Channeling 'Law And Order' Richard Nixon

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

CLEVELAND ? As Donald Trump searched for a template for his acceptance speech, the model he chose was Richard Nixon’s infamous 1968 “law and order” speech on behalf of a silent and sullen middle class. At a somewhat similar time of stress...Show More Summary

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter To ALL Of Us

If we want our society to get better we all have to stand together, when someone says All Lives Matter, they are clearly missing the point, and they are most like a middle class white person.

DISPATCHES FROM THE LATEST RECOVERY SUMMER. Fortune: The Death of the Middle Class Is Worse Than You…

DISPATCHES FROM THE LATEST RECOVERY SUMMER. Fortune: The Death of the Middle Class Is Worse Than You Think. “From Brexit to Donald Trump, if there’s anything that current events tell us, it’s that the man on the street is angry and wants change.” In November of 2008, Fortune’s sister publication Time magazine predicted that Obama […]

Remedial Econ 101 For Dummies, Special Legal Academic Edition

You may remember University of Chicago law professor Todd Henderson from such classic essays as “Why it’s really hard for an upper middle class family to scrape by on $400,000 per year in Hyde Park [Spoiler: Thanks Obama!].” Now Henderson is explaining why lawyer salaries are skyrocketing: In early June, the prestigious Manhattan law firm, […]

Watch: Gentrification Is Tensely Dramatized in Trailer for ‘Aquarius’

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds was an expert portrayal of a small-scale example of national class stratification, getting uncomfortably deep into the minute tensions within a gated middle class community in Recife, Brazil, and immersing viewers in an unshakeable sense of bourgeois loneliness and stagnancy. Show More Summary

The Middle Class is Shrinking

The middle class is shrinking in Colorado & across U.S. as incomes fall. Middle-income households in metro Denver shrank from 58 percent of the population in 2000 to 53 percent in 2014, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center.

These 5-star basketball recruits are the big men coming to destroy small ball

It's all about the big man in the class of 2017. The death of the big man has been greatly exaggerated. Even as the NBA is caught in the middle of its small ball fascination, there have been an eye-opening number of centers with star potential entering the league in the last two years. Show More Summary

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