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Middle Class Series Archives

Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle Class

David Madland details why the Rebuild America Act is a crucial and comprehensive piece of legislation for restoring broad-based prosperity and sustained economic growth.

By David Madland | Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Origins of Prosperity

Daron Acemoglu and his co-author spoke at the Center for American Progress last week about why nations fail.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ties that Bind

David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Assessing Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity

CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey testifies before the Senate Committee on the Budget.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rebuilding Our Middle Class

Gadi Dechter and Michael Ettlinger analyze the president’s forceful defense of the middle class as our economy’s engine of economic growth and prosperity.

By Gadi Dechter and Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Top 10 Middle-Class Acts of Congress

Congress would do well to reflect on passage of key middle-class legislation as it considers how to strengthen our economy, writes Nick Bunker.

By Nick Bunker | Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Sweet 16 to Build a Strong Middle Class

Karla Walter presents 16 ideas for the middle class that aren’t part of the national debate but should be.

By Karla Walter | Wednesday, January 18, 2012

President Obama’s Bridge to a Better Economy

Michael Ettlinger details the two policy threads that define the president’s approach toward immediate but also sustainable economic recovery in 2012.

By Michael Ettlinger | Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hard Work Should Pay Off

Heather Boushey argues for work-life policies in The New York Times's "Room for Debate."

By Heather Boushey | Monday, January 9, 2012

The Middle Class Grows the Economy, Not the Rich

David Madland shows how a strong middle class is the key to higher GDP—not giving more money to the wealthy and hoping it trickles down.

By David Madland | Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable

Heather Boushey examines why growing income inequality helped boost the wealth of the few and how reversing course is imperative to our nation’s economic well-being.

By Heather Boushey | Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Strong Middle Class Is Key to Getting Our Economy Moving

Michael Ettlinger explains why a growing and prosperous middle class was and is the prerequisite to strong and sustainable economic growth.

By Michael Ettlinger | Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public Education

David Madland and Nick Bunker argue that strengthening our middle class will be good for our educational system and for our economy.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated Nation

Examining test scores in all 50 states, David Madland and Nick Bunker find that a stronger American middle class is associated with higher levels of academic achievement.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Legitimate Gripes of the Other 99 Percent

Gadi Dechter mines the diverse voices of the 99 Percent Movement and finds it united against mounting inequality, shrinking mobility, an unfair tax code, democracy corrupted by money, and bailouts for the rich without protections for the middle class.

By Gadi Dechter | Tuesday, October 11, 2011