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November 1, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
After three days of tending to storm business, President Barack Obama gets back on the campaign trail Thursday with plans to offer a closing argument focused on middle-class security. The president will argue that the middle class has been undercut by policies and decisions of the last decade, according to the campaign. "While Gov. Romney promotes the same policies that failed our country and ran the middle class into the ground and calls it change, President Obama will point the way forward to real change that will boost the middle class and create a stronger future for all Americans," Obama campaign spokesman Adam Fetcher said in a morning email.
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OPINION
July 3, 1988
After reading the fine article by David Lamb (Part I, June 18) regarding the growing number of middle-class Americans who now find after years of work that their income is lower and retirement places must be postponed, I submit you are forgetting whom to blame. You blame the unions, the employees, the employers--but you don't blame the real culprit--this Administration. Look what it has done these last seven years. Done away with regulations, broken unions, fought all social changes.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Vice President Joe Biden called Mitt Romney "out of touch" with the concerns of the middle class, the latest signal of how the Obama reelection campaign plans to target the leading Republican hopeful in November. "This is about the middle class. And none of what he's offering does anything. It's just returning to the same policies," Biden said in an interview for CBS' "Face The Nation" that aired Sunday morning. "I can't remember a presidential candidate in the recent past who seems not to understand by what he says what ordinary middle-class people are thinking about and are concerned about.
OPINION
September 6, 2012
Re "Labor law that levels the field," Opinion, Sept. 3 Although Wilma Liebman's Labor Day article made some excellent points, it was also fairly depressing. Not only is union membership low, but organized labor gets little respect from average working people because they believe union wages forced companies to move overseas. In truth, it wasn't a union wage these companies were avoiding, it was an American wage. No U.S. worker (union or nonunion) can compete with $2-an-hour workers.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Doyle McManus
In a column and a blogpost this week, I invited readers to send suggestions for ways to stop the hollowing of America's middle class - and they answered energetically. Some responses were unsurprising. Conservatives proposed lower taxes, fewer regulations and voting Democrats out of office. Liberals proposed higher taxes, more regulations and voting Republicans out of office. “Lower taxes - preferably a consumption tax instead of an income tax, which penalizes those who are trying to improve their economic state,” suggested Scott Worman of Oceanside.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By James Rainey
In his first press conference since his reelection, President Obama found himself in a position few would have predicted even a few months ago. The incumbent was on message and on his most comfortable footing Tuesday talking to the media about the economy - demanding tax increases for the wealthiest Americans and repeatedly invoking his concern for the middle class. When his inquisitors put foreign affairs and national security on the table, the president mostly spoke with a lot less force.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Joe Biden sought to build on momentum from the vice presidential debate by venturing into Paul Ryan's home state on Friday to continue hammering the GOP ticket on policies he said would devastate the middle class. The vice president mocked Republicans for making “unusual distinctions” to try and justify the Ryan-authored House Republican budget and Mitt Romney's economic plan, one he said would cost $5 trillion and disproportionately benefit the wealthy. TRANSCRIPT: Read Biden, Ryan's arguments “Folks, it's time to lift the burden off the middle class, not double down on the Great Recession that hit them,” Biden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
I can't pretend to know what was going through Ervin Lupoe's mind when he shot his wife and five young children to death, then committed suicide this week. His rampage was horrifying; unfathomable to anyone thinking logically. But his predicament -- deeply in debt, jolted by job loss, despondent over his family's future -- is becoming a familiar story. The family lost its middle-class footing in an unforgiving economy.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Forget Obamacare's website glitches. The outrage over the bungled Healthcare.gov launch has given way to sticker shock over the new insurance plans that force individuals to pay significantly more for comprehensive coverage. People feel President Obama deceived them with his Affordable Care Act pitch. “ If you like the plan you have, you can keep it ,” he said. What he neglected to say, however, was that insurance companies would drop plans that didn't meet the health law's standards.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By James Rainey
Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has been “buried the last four years,” not the most artful statement coming from the No. 2 in the administration in charge during that time. Biden's remark during a campaign rally Tuesday in North Carolina immediately provoked tart ripostes by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan and GOP surrogate John Sununu, who said the Democrat “finally got something right.” Sununu said during a conference call with reporters that the Biden comment will provide a nice entree for Mitt Romney to talk about the middle class in Wednesday night's debate with President Obama.
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