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Discovering Baltimore's Culinary Delights

By Clara Gustafson, Venture for America Class of 2013 I would be lying if I told you that food was my life. I often forget to eat when I am at work or in the middle of a big project. However, I do love taking time to cook a good meal...Show More Summary

Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

Our nation faces a number of critical challenges. Two of the most pressing are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and to strengthen the middle class, so I'm proposing a solution...Show More Summary

Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

Our nation faces a number of critical challenges. Two of the most pressing are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and to strengthen the middle class, so I'm proposing a solution...Show More Summary

Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

Our nation faces a number of critical challenges. Two of the most pressing are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and to strengthen the middle class, so I'm proposing a solution...Show More Summary

Mike's Blog Round Up

Middle Class Political Economist: Medicare Report Shows Obamacare Is Bending the Cost Curve Vagabond Scholar: The Bullshit That Civilly Dare Not Speak Its Name Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels Death...Show More Summary

California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayed

UC and Cal State students anticipating financial aid from the state’s new Middle Class Scholarship program are going to have to wait until September to learn how much they will receive, a top administrator said Tuesday.

The Little Diner

He made the onion rings from scratch! I don’t know about you, but I’m confused by modern life. I grew up in the sixties, when the middle class ruled, when we’d never heard of private jets and the mantra of my generation was to be all you could be, yes, the army ripped us off. […] The post The Little Diner appeared first on Lefsetz Letter.

The Last Stand for the Middle Class Is Taking Place in a Parking Lot in Massachusetts

One supermarket proved it can provide employees with a livable wage, annual bonuses, and a retirement plan. They can beat Walmart's prices. They can turn a profit, too. So why was its CEO just forced out?

The Middle Class Is 20 Percent Poorer Than It Was In 1984

Median wealth is 20% lower today than in 1984, adjusting for inflation. It’s all about stocks and houses. The middle class doesn’t have much of the former, but it does have a lot of the latter. And that’s bad news, because, even though the crash decimated both, real estate hasn’t come back nearly as much [...]

Deadbeat Nation: A Shocking 77 Million Americans Face Debt Collectors

We have been warning for years that as a result of the Fed's disastrous policies, America's middle class is being disintegrated and US adults are surviving only thanks to insurmountable debtloads. But not even we had an appreciation of how serious the problem truly was. Show More Summary

The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984

Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That's because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984. Yes, that's three lost decades. Now, as you might expect, the middle class has been hit particularly hard by the Great Recession and the not-so-great […]

HDFC Bank Could Make You A Slumdog Millionaire

By Mohit Hajarnis: When looking at India from the outside, it seems like a natural growth story: a potential market of 1.2 billion people, a growing middle class, and cheaper labor costs than China. However, India's GDP growth has shrunk to 5.0% in 2013 from 6.2% in 2012 and 9.3% in 2011. Show More Summary

Teacher Sentenced to Prison for Having Students Bring Semen-Stained Tissues to Class for Art Project

Charles Reilly, a former art teacher, sports coach, and borough councilman, was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison for inappropriate talks with 17 male Pine Hill Middle School students – even asking them to bring in semen-stained tissues for an “art project.” He had pleaded guilty to charges including official misconduct and child endangerment. […]

Jonathan Chait and Cherry-Picking

Did I spend 2012 hailing Mitt Romney as a paladin of the middle class? No.

Stephen Moore (Heritage, of Course) Can't Even Cherry-Pick Data Right: Live from the Roasterie CCXXVII: July 28, 2014

Ken Thomas: Middle Class Political Economist: Stephen Moore (Heritage, of course) can't even get his cherry-picked data right: "If you have had the stomach to read the malarkey that the Heritage Foundation puts out... >...you have no doubt noticed that many of their publications are, well, fact-challenged.... Show More Summary

Obama '09: Strength of Our Economy Can Be Measured Directly by Strength of Middle Class

Ten days after his first inauguration in January of 2009, President Barack Obama announced the "Middle Class Working Families Task Force," chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, to address the stagnant Median Household Income squeezing America's middle class. Show More Summary

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Today, the gutless American political class has abdicated its responsibility for the actions of the Israel Defense Forces. Few people living in the Middle East or anywhere else make the distinction between the United States and Israel,...Show More Summary

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Today, the gutless American political class has abdicated its responsibility for the actions of the Israel Defense Forces. Few people living in the Middle East or anywhere else make the distinction between the United States and Israel,...Show More Summary

The Worst Kind of World Cup Legacy: Brazil's New Political Prisoners

At the height of the June 2013 protests in Brazil, corporate media momentarily succeeded in rebranding them in such a way that appealed to an openly anti-government sector of the middle class. That moment also attracted large numbers...Show More Summary

America Has A Fever And The Only Cure Is?Welfare Reform?

?Reform conservatism? is all the rage in the GOP these days. From middle class plans in ?Room to Grow? to anti-poverty reform ideas from Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, many on the right are rushing to prove they can ?govern?...

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