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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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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Restoring Our Basic Values

It seems to me…. “It’s time that America’s government lived by the same values as America’s families. It’s time we invested in America’s future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st century … 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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Economic Transition

It seems to me…. “We know that to compete for the jobs of the 21st century and thrive in a global economy, we need a growing, skilled, and educated workforce, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. … Continue reading

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Conservative Attempts To Weaken U.S.

It seems to me… “Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.”  ~ Calvin Coolidge. Do U.S. conservatives really favor the decline of our country?  Everything seems to indicate that is what they … Continue reading

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Economic Recovery

It seems to me… “Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.”  ~ John F. Kennedy. Despite all the political rhetoric to the contrary, … Continue reading

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The Road To Poverty

It seems to me… “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.  In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”  ~ Confucius. Fortunately, the majority of Americans do not personally know what … Continue reading

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War On America

It seems to me… “War is peace.  Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”  ~ 1984 (George Orwell). Republicans brand any attempt at fair and equitable taxation as “Class Warfare” but lets take a look at which party actually has been … Continue reading

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Wither The Middle Class?

It seems to me… “The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; … Continue reading

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