Category Archives: Middle Class

The Changing Nature Of Work

It seems to me…. “Over a long period of time, technological change is something that has been important in reducing manufacturing employment – absolutely and as a share of jobs in the economy.”  ~ Janet Yellen[1]. Forty years ago, nearly … Continue reading

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Impediments To Success

It seems to me…. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” ~ Denis Waitley[1]. The “Horatio Alger myth” is based on … Continue reading

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Worsening Economic Inequality

It seems to me…. “We need to start talking about inequality again; we need to start talking about the inequities and unfairnesses and the injustices of an excessively divided society, divided by wealth, by opportunity, by outcome, by assets and … Continue reading

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Effects of Economic Inequality

It seems to me…. “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith[1]. Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. The more advanced the … Continue reading

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Employment And Automation

It seems to me…. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt[1]. Major traditional … Continue reading

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Thank You President Obama

It seems to me…. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama[1]. President Barak Obama … Continue reading

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2016 – The Year That Was

It seems to me…. “For 18 years I have resisted talking about current events. I am not going to start now.” ~ George H. W. Bush[1]. 2016 was comprised of many little things: while some events over the past year … Continue reading

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Potential Employment Changes

It seems to me…. “I see three forces militating in favor of growing inequality: increasing measurement of worker value added, automation through smart software, and globalization.” ~ Tyler Cowen[1]. There is considerable evidence that technological advancement is eliminating job categories, … Continue reading

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2016 Election: Final Thoughts

It seems to me…. “In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?” ~ Barack Obama. Unable to sleep, I wrote most of this column about 3:00 … Continue reading

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Explaining Donald Trump

It seems to me…. “New Rule: Whenever you think the Tea Party can’t get any dumber, they get dumber. Now they’re in love with Donald Trump. Because nothing says ‘We’re serious about fiscal responsibility’ quite like a billionaire whose corporations … Continue reading

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