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The middle class has been eviscerated, but business can revive it

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By Peter Georgescu Jun 27, 2018 We are setting ourselves up to relive A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, except that today it’s the story of two Americas. Just read the headlines: The stock market is booming. Corporate profits are soaring. Business is celebrating historic cuts to corporate taxes. No wonder business leaders are positive […]

Mentors can help youth beat the odds

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By Mayor Anna Tovar Jun 20, 2018 Some may say I beat the odds. People may think that a Latina teacher and mother would not have a chance at becoming an Arizona State Senator, serving as an Arizona Senate Minority Leader and Latino Caucus Chair, and becoming the first Latina Mayor for the City of […]

The future of work: A survival guide

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By Senator Mark R. Warner Jun 13, 2018 The changing nature of work is one of those challenges that everyone knows is coming. Everyone acknowledges that globalization will continue, no matter what we do on trade. Everyone recognizes the rise of the gig economy — and that developments in automation, artificial intelligence, and other transformative technologies will […]

Workers without college degrees deserve a shot at the middle class

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By Harry J. Holzer Jun 6, 2018 Workers without college degrees in America — especially men — have suffered worsening employment outcomes for years. Adjusting for inflation, their wages have stagnated at best or even declined over time. Millions have withdrawn from the labor force altogether. As their job prospects dwindle, so do their prospects of joining the middle […]

The fight worth fighting

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By Joanna Burt-Kinderman May 30, 2018 Earlier this year West Virginia’s teachers shut down the schools to fight for better funding, better teaching standards, and better livelihoods for state workers. If you were casually watching from the outside, maybe you thought this was just about higher pay. It wasn’t. I have been a math teacher […]

Wealth is not just for the wealthy

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By Signe-Mary McKernan May 23, 2018 The economy has been growing steadily for decades, but the rising tide is lifting some boats more than others. Our country as a whole is doing well — we’re wealthier now than we’ve ever been — but it’s mainly people at the top who are benefiting. Wealth and prosperity are not trickling down to middle- […]

How to build a stronger middle class: With respect

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By Richard V. Reeves May 16, 2018 We worry a lot about the middle class: but who are they? Are you middle class? What does it really mean to be middle class in America today? As a recovering Brit and a new American, this is a question I struggle with. In my old country, it is easy. […]

There’s no place like home for military-connected children

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By Maggie Phillips, Biden Fellow for Military Families The most quoted line from The Wizard of Oz is the one its heroine, Dorothy Gale, repeats to return to Kansas near the end of the story. “There’s no place like home,” she incants, and the power of those words transports her back to the farm she […]

Kill stock buybacks to save the American economy

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By Nick Hanauer May 9, 2018 You don’t need a rich guy like me to tell you that there is something very wrong with the American economy. You feel it every day in your stagnant paychecks, your rising credit card balances, and your creeping fear that everything for which you have worked so hard could quickly […]

Empowering young people to determine their futures

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By Shéár Avory, Biden Fellow for LGBTQ Equality Note: This post is part of our “The Heart of the Issue” series, blogs authored by the Biden Fellows. Each Fellow has a close connection to one or more of the Biden Foundation’s policy pillars, and their updates will bring you straight to the heart of the issues […]