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October 26, 2013
Re "Poof goes the middle class," Opinion, Oct. 23 Thanks to Doyle McManus for his timely review of Tyler Cowen's book, "Average Is Over. " The trends crippling the middle class that Cowen writes about have been in the making since the 1970s. It took the Great Recession to finally bring this research the recognition it deserves. Americans today instinctively know that something is wrong, thus the high percentage who tell pollsters the country is going in the wrong direction. But I think few understand that their economic world has changed forever.
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
How's the U.S. economy doing? If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously. " Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. " Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee last week. High-end merchants routinely "sell out of purses with price tags in the thousands of dollars, before they even hit the shelves in New York. Spending at high-end restaurants is picking up.... Demand is on the rise for boutique hotels catering to the demands of the wealthiest clientele.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1995
Re "I Think, Therefore I Am," Jan. 4, Commentary (or as we "middle class" prefer to say, cogito, ergo sum ): I am a member of Adela de la Torre's victimized "middle class." I am terribly sorry that De la Torre bemoans the middle-class focus on emotions rather than reason. However, it happens to be the middle class that provides the means for De la Torre to pontificate from her ivory tower. De la Torre should be aware that it is both unwise and ignorant to generalize about classes (or races)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Jenny Gonzalez checked for signs of epipodium, tentacles resembling swaying wet noodles, on the green abalones in her South Gate classroom the other day. "That's what I was looking for," Jenny, 13, said of a small, light-colored abalone. "When you see the epipodium, that means they're happy. " That's one thing students at South Gate Middle School are learning about green abalones. The students have cared for three of the snail-like marine creatures since January. Although the activity has been in place at the school for three years, this is the first time teacher Violeta Llamas' "Explorations in Science" students participated.
OPINION
February 14, 1993 | Guy Molyneux, Guy Molyneux is president of the Next America Foundation, an educational organization founded by Michael Harrington
On Wednesday, Bill Clinton will give--for the third time in the past eight months--the Speech of His Life. In truth, this is the big one-- more significant than the conven tion speech, more important than the inaugural. Even his advisers privately acknowledge that the fate of the Clinton presidency likely rides on the economic program he will present.
OPINION
July 29, 2006
Re "L.A. Area Going to Extremes as the Middle Class Shrinks," July 23 It took a while to stop laughing after reading the shrinking-middle-class article. The solution proposed is government action? The problem in Southern California is the result of NIMBY housing policy; local government hostility to almost any business that provides jobs for the middle class (under the guise of environmental or traffic mitigation issues); pandering to the elitist show business, software and multimedia industries; and succumbing to punishing the middle class to assuage the guilt of the rich by spending millions on the "poor" while offering them a ladder with the third through sixth rungs missing -- those middle-class jobs.
OPINION
March 30, 2009
Re "Middle-class jobless run into a welfare wall," March 26 In your article, one of the people interviewed was wondering what happens to the middle-class families who were making good money. Perhaps sounding coldhearted here, one can repeat the ubiquitous statement being tossed around these days -- what has happened to personal responsibility? We hear of the plight of the middle class or above, people who have had no foresight. It appears they have not saved a dime, never mind the eight to 10 months of monthly income needed these days to hold them over after a job loss or health problem.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1995
Granted, your special report "The Next California" (Sept. 12) related to the entire state, not any one region. It minimizes, however, the reality of what is happening in Los Angeles County today on a socioeconomic level. Los Angeles County, a middle-class bastion for over 50 years, is undergoing a profound social shock, with apparently no end in sight. Assume that there are roughly 6 million truly middle-class residents living here. There also appear to be about 3 million truly low-income or poor immigrants who have come to the county in the past 15 years.
OPINION
May 25, 2002
In "The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class" (Commentary, May 19), John Balzar deplores the shrinkage of our middle class. His statement was one of the most powerful commentaries that I have read in The Times. I wish such a man would lead Americans in a fight to avert a government by money. The citizen has the strength to redress grievances with the initiative and recall process, peaceful assembly and the vote. Let us all stop saying "ain't it awful" and take action. America can unite to fight war; why not unite to free ourselves from the tyranny of big money?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - A beautiful young woman who returns to her hometown to take revenge on her evil stepmother. Dark love triangles, fiery obsession and the casual sensuality of a free-spirited young woman. A murder mystery. Intrigue. An underdog soccer team. Nothing else captures the attention of Brazil like its telenovelas, massively popular nighttime soap operas. Except perhaps for the World Cup, there is nothing else that brings the country together like the carefully polished big-budget dramas.
OPINION
February 13, 2014
Re "Deep in student debt," Opinion, Feb. 10 Sarah Amandolare is troubled by "gapping" - colleges' practice of admitting students without awarding enough financial aid to make a school affordable. The vast majority of the nation's colleges have no other option. Out of thousands of U.S. colleges and universities, fewer than 70 claim they will meet a student's full financial need. Many of these schools have hefty endowment funds. Others use less-generous estimates of what the student can pay, which often means a gap between what the college and the family think is affordable.
OPINION
February 10, 2014 | By Sarah Amandolare
Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit bureau and would continue to report me until my account was brought current. I'm betting the government sent out a lot of those letters to people like me: college graduates from middle-class families who didn't qualify for much in the way of scholarship aid and had parents who couldn't afford to pay for their schooling.
OPINION
February 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Welcome to the "year of action. " In last week's State of the Union address, the president vowed to do whatever he has to to help the economy, even if that means working around Congress: "What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do. " The White House has touted the fact the president has a "phone and a pen" and he's not afraid to use them.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union will spotlight many issues, but more than anything may illuminate the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in the United States  as the “the defining challenge of our time.” His overriding goal, he has said in speeches and interviews, is to reverse the trend in which incomes for most Americans have stagnated since the late 1970s while the share going to the wealthiest has soared.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama will stand before members of Congress and a national television audience tonight to deliver his sixth annual State of the Union address. It's pretty safe to assume it will include the following: Paeans to the American dream, from the particular vantage of the middle class. Support for energy independence, education and changes in immigration laws. A short nod to international affairs, the winding down of wars abroad and the continued pursuit of terrorists. A laundry list of desires that the president knows will probably never see the light of day, even if all sides genuflect to the everyday Americans arrayed in the House chamber as witnesses, a theatrical touch of guilt-mongering employed since the era of President Reagan.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Saying it's the "defining project of our generation," President Obama will call on Americans on Tuesday night to try to bridge the gap between rich and poor in a State of the Union speech that will focus on restoring the promise of upward mobility and economic opportunity.  "Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better.  But average...
BUSINESS
August 23, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here is today's Consumer Confidential segment from KTLA. We talked about the latest findings from the Pew Research Center showing a shrinking of the middle class. Also on the agenda: A big fine for marketers of a TV exercise device, and a recall of Red Vines licorice.  
NATIONAL
January 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Congress comes back to session this week with leaders of both parties planning a war of words in 2014 - dueling agendas that promise little substantive legislation but lots of messages aimed at establishing clear contrasts for voters heading toward the midterm election. After they dispatch a few must-pass fiscal measures early in the year, legislators seem unlikely to put together major accomplishments. Rather, the Republican-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate will essentially become something like sound stages for the advertising wars that will unfold in the handful of states and districts that could decide partisan control of the next Congress.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2013 | By David Horsey
In a speech last week, President Obama declared that income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” Conservatives, however, seem to think talk about the gap between the super rich and everyone else is nothing more than the whining of society's losers. Obama said he would push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Unfortunately, this will be yet another piece of legislation that has about as much chance getting passed in the Republican-controlled House as a bill to ban country music, gun shows and Sunday schools.
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