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Idea of the Day: The Middle Class Won in Last Night’s Election

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The electoral victory for the middle class in this election should translate into middle-class-focused policies. Those policies will help more than just middle-class families.

To be sure, a government that recognizes the middle class as the key driver of economic growth is more likely to boost infrastructure, education, scientific discoveries, and other parts of the economy that nurture the broad middle class.

But policies that recognize the dangers of rising inequality will also help restore the American Dream of social and economic mobility for lower-income people.

As a stronger middle class consumes more goods and services, produces a more talented workforce, and incubates more innovative entrepreneurs, the beneficiaries will include businesses and the people who own and invest in them.

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Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
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Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
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Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues,, faith)
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Print: Elise Shulman (oceans)
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Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
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Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
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TV: Rachel Rosen
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Radio: Chelsea Kiene
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