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Middle Class Series

STATEMENT: CAP's Michael Ettlinger on the State of the Union Address

Michael Ettlinger, Vice President of Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, issues a statement in response to the president's State of the Union address.

Obama Puts the Middle Class First (Surprise: So Do Economists)

President Obama's second term could spell the end of "trickle-down" and the beginning of something that might be called "middle-out" economics.

Michigan right-to-work protest

Fact Sheet: The Value of Unions and the Consequences of ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws

By severely weakening unions, which are vital to strengthening the middle class and improving the economy, “right-to-work” laws have broad negative consequences.

Rick Snyder

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Right-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

Nongyu Li, at left, holds his yet to be named newborn daughter alongside his wife Jennifer Gu

5 Charts that Show How Increasing Income Inequality Leads to Less Opportunity

bars icon Charts High levels of income inequality are strongly related to low levels of economic mobility and opportunity, as these graphs clearly show.

Income Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens Social Cohesion

book_alt2 icon Report This working paper determines that income inequality leads to pessimism and anger about the direction of the country, therefore causing our sense of unity and society to erode.

DNC delegates

Why President Obama’s Victory Is a Victory for the Middle Class

The president’s re-election means voters have agreed with the idea that an economy that works for everyone and that is built from the “middle out” is the correct path for our country.

Pension Modernization for a 21st Century Workforce

David Madland delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

book_alt2 icon Report Report from David Madland presents 35 policies that would help address the challenges Americans face in achieving and maintaining a middle-class standard of living.

Prosperity and Politics

Heather Boushey reviews Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson's recent book, Why Nations Fail.

The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality

article icon Issue Brief Michael Linden examines how our tax code has grown less effective at dampening income inequality, and how various proposals to reform the code would affect inequality.

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