Want a Middle Class? Strengthen Unions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If it wasn’t clear yet, trickle-down economics is a joke. It hasn’t and never will work. If we want our economy to grow, our officials should put their focus on growing the middle class. “There is a large--and growing--body of research showing that the economy grows from the middle out and that seemingly "soft-hearted" notions about investing in people or communities are actually the key to a competitive economy.”

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

“Three-fifths of the jobs created during the economic recovery were low-wage, according to an October study from the National employment Law Project. While most of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-class wages.” Once again, the key to growth lies in strengthening the middle class. 

Obama's Middle Class Dream Touted In Inaugural Speech Still Far From Reality - Huffington Post

Is it really that hard for our elected officials to see that the Right’s continued assaults on labor unions have significantly hurt the middle class? “As the number of union workers has declined in recent years, so too has the middle-class’ share of income. Income inequality has spiked during the same timeframe.”

CHART: Labor Strikes Become Rare As Employers Gain The Upper Hand - Think Progress

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The great American middle class wasn’t something that just happened – it was built brick by brick. It was built by soldiers returning from war and a government that repaid them by giving them a shot at college.