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October 16, 2013
The combination of democracy and capitalism is causing a dilemma for this country's voters. As shown in a recent study, the wealthy have little or no concern for those less well-off. The welfare of the poor and the middle class is not a concern of theirs. This contradicts the hope of many voters who believe that one who has mastered the system will use those same skills on their behalf. These voters have consistently voted for rich candidates hoping and expecting to share in their success.
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By Robert B. Reich | September 3, 2014
This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be. For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years if not decades to pay off. And too many of them can't find good jobs when they graduate, in any event. So they have to settle for jobs that don't require four years of college.
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By RICHARD REEVES | September 30, 1994
Hoboken, New Jersey. -- This was America's deal with me:If I kept my nose clean and paid attention in school, I could go to college, even if I had to work in the summers and part-time during the school year to pay for it. Then, if I worked for a few years, I could afford to buy a house and one day make enough money to make sure my own kids got through college.And that's what happened, for which I am very grateful. That deal, and the fact that if one screwed it up the first time there was almost always a second and third chance in the land of the free, are a good part of the reason I have always thought this a great country.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
Canada has a shale oil supply that could have reduced U.S. reliance of oil imports from the Middle East, provided thousands of American jobs and ultimately lowered the price of gasoline for American citizens. But President Barack Obama has held the project hostage. Not the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate but President Obama. Does he really have this omnipotent power? Thousands of citizens will not earn paychecks or pay taxes of any sort. The middle class will not grow while Democrats and Republicans sit on their duffs and keep their mouths shut for the most part.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | December 19, 1994
As a card-carrying member of the middle class, I couldn't be happier.A few days ago, I was forgotten.Now, out of the blue, I'm hotter than a hunky TV emergency-room doctor.Suddenly, everyone in Washington wants to know not what he can do for his country, not what he can do for his party, but what he can do for me. Move over, Al Franken. This is my decade.(If you want to know the truth, what I desperately need right now is somebody to clean my gutters. Maybe I'll put a call in to Dick Gephardt.
NEWS
By CYNTHIA TUCKER | December 3, 2007
ATLANTA -- A recent poll has found that 61 percent of black Americans believe that the values of poor blacks have become "more different" from the values of middle-class blacks in recent years. With the possible exception of Bill O'Reilly - who professed astonishment at the good manners of black patrons at a Harlem restaurant - no one should be surprised at those findings. There have long been two Americas - both black. One is inhabited by the accomplished, the educated, the pragmatic.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 28, 1992
If you're a member of the middle class -- and you probably think you are -- Congress, President Bush and the presidential candidates have two words for you: tax cut."Sounds great," you say. But are you really a member of the middle class?To the folks at Shirley's Restaurant & Bar, a corner tavern in the heart of Curtis Bay in South Baltimore, that's an easy question. The waitress says the middle class begins somewhere in the $20,000 range and ends at $28,000 for a single earner. Her boss says the middle class stops at the $50,000 mark for a family.
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By Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi | August 1, 2004
THEY TEACH America's children. They build our bridges and highways. They keep our streets safe and our factories running. They fight our wars and protect our peace. They raise the children who will be America's future. And they should be the centerpiece of presidential and congressional campaigns across the country. They are America's middle class. And they are in trouble. Since 2000, family incomes have remained stagnant while costs for the basics - a home, health insurance, utilities, gasoline, day care, college tuition - have surged by an average of 24 percent.
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By Nicole Weisensee and Nicole Weisensee,States News Service | October 1, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging that Democrats "have spent too much time whining and rubbing hands and worrying what our message should be," Sen Barbara A. Mikulski says theDemocratic Party should return to its middle-class roots."
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 26, 1991
BOWIE -- Strutting into her 1992 re-election bid yesterday, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., boasted of her efforts to keep federal dollars flowing to Maryland -- and vowed to reduce the number of federal dollars leaving the wallets of middle-class taxpayers.During the first of six scheduled campaign kickoffs, the Baltimore lawmaker climbed atop the crowded bandwagon of middle-class tax relief."We see middle-class families taxed like the rich but disenfranchised like the poor," she said. "I'm convinced it's time to listen again to the middle class.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | July 2, 2014
What's the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal finances? It can't be about how much money they have. Wealth has never disqualified someone from high office. Several of the nation's greatest presidents, who came to office with vast fortunes -- John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and his fifth cousin, Teddy -- notably improved the lives of ordinary Americans. The tempest can't be about Hillary Clinton's veracity. It may have been a stretch for her to say she and her husband were "dead broke" when they left the White House, as she told ABC's Diane Sawyer.
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By Robert B. Reich | June 25, 2014
A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country's biggest high-tech firms. He wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it. I asked him why he was concerned. "Because the American middle class is the core of our customer base," he said. "If they can't afford our products in the years ahead, we're in deep trouble. " I'm hearing the same refrain these days from a growing number of business leaders.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's campaign for governor says in a new commercial that Maryland is squeezing its middle class with new taxes, and that he has identified more than $1.5 billion in state government waste. The Democrat's ad touts a waste-cutting plan that is described on his campaign website.  The website says significant savings would be achieved by reforming state procurement ($350 million), boosting Medicaid recovery efforts ($231 million) and reducing the non-violent prison population ($222.5 million)
NEWS
May 3, 2014
Professor Peter Morici argues in his commentary "Democracy, not capitalism, fails the middle class" (May 1) that "extreme positions for and against intervention ... too often block ... prudent regulation. " I would argue that economists, not democracy, are primarily to blame for failing to speak with one voice when offering advice to elected leaders. Even the most ridiculous policy proposals include economists among their advocates. Jim Case, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Peter Morici | April 30, 2014
The new book by French economist Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," has rocketed to the top of the Amazon.com bestseller list. It accomplished this feat by offering yet another apocalyptic vision of capitalism in the tradition of Malthus, Ricardo and Marx. To American workers and a middle class besieged by stagnant wages and rising taxes, it provides justification for the dangerous elixir of confiscatory taxes on the wealthy hustled by liberal pundits and politicians.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
When are the majority of Maryland voters going to wake up and see that the progressive, far left politicians in our state care only about the rich, not the middle class and certainly not the poor? When our elected officials have an opportunity to perhaps lower taxes on the ones who can least afford to pay, what do they do? They plan a cut in estate taxes so the millionaires can leave more money for their families ("Estate tax relief seems on track in Annapolis," Feb. 2). How does that help the middle class and the poor?
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By Jill Zuckman and Jill Zuckman,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 13, 2004
WASHINGTON - In a presidential election year, everybody loves the middle class. That's because nearly nine in 10 Americans consider themselves part of that vast segment of society that strives for wages to enable them to send their children to college, care for their parents in old age and retire comfortably after years in the work force. They are a part of the ritual appeal by Republicans and Democrats in each presidential election. But both parties have long spoken to this group in distinctly different ways, with varying prescriptions for help.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2000
In his campaign speeches, Vice President Al Gore tells audiences that he wants "middle-class tax cuts." Lest there be any doubt, he promises that his economic plan has "one guiding purpose: to help the middle-class families." When George W. Bush speaks of cutting taxes, he rhetorically targets the same crowd. One of his fundamental goals if elected president, Bush says, will be "to treat the middle class more fairly." But what is this middle class? Jeff Bradley, who makes $20,000 a year working for Sam's Shoe Service, a repair shop in Columbus, Ohio, has five children who receive their health insurance through Medicaid.
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By Robert B. Reich | January 29, 2014
With polls showing that a majority of Americans now believe inequality has grown over the past decade, and favor tax increases on the wealthy to expand help to those in need, conservatives want to change the subject. Those with presidential ambitions say we should focus on poverty rather than on inequality. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida points to the "lack of mobility" of the poor as the core problem. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin blames their isolation from mainstream America: "On every measure from education levels to marriage rates, poor families are drifting further away from the middle class.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley delivered his final State of the State address Thursday in a speech that promoted his seven years as governor and argued for policies to help the middle class. The term-limited O'Malley, who is considering whether to run for president, chronicled what he views as his top accomplishments, including highly ranked schools, approval of same-sex marriage and a reduction in violent crime. He reflected on his time in the governor's mansion as period of tough choices and progress, saying he left the state better than when he took office.
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