Investing in the Middle Class – The Key to a Strong Economy

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After analyzing many decades of economic data, the leading economists now agree that a thriving middle class is the key to a strong economy. What economists have found is that when the middle class is strong,  wealth spreads to the poor and lifts the whole country up. This stands in direct contradiction to the “Trickle Down” theory advocated by conservatives, which says that deregulation and lower taxes are good for the economy. Informed by this economic discovery, Obama’s economic strategy is taking a “Middle Out” approach to the economy, which focuses first and foremost on strengthening the middle class.

The Economics

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The middle class spends a much higher proportion of their income than the rich, so when the middle class does well, this has a positive effect on spending. More consumption means that businesses have more money to hire people, which boosts the economy. The middle class then benefit from the improved economy and the virtuous cycle continues. The problem with the Trickle Down theory, is that rich people tend to hoard excess wealth instead of spending it, which damages the economy. The key to a consumer economy is spending, or what economists refer to as aggregate demand. Think of money as the lifeblood of the economy and aggregate demand as the heart. Even if the country is extremely wealthy, if you don’t have enough spending then the money stops flowing and the economy dies.

Obama’s Pro Middle Class Policies

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Obama’s middle class policies have put the country back on the road to recovery. The policies focus on two main areas: jobs and affordability. Specific policies include the following:

  1. Bolstering Our Manufacturing
  2. Rebuilding Our Infrastructure
  3. Making Education More Affordable
  4. Making Healthcare More Affordable
  5. Protecting Consumers

Sadly, minorities and single mothers often fall out of the middle class category. One of the key areas to focus on is more welfare and jobs programs that specifically target minorities in order to build a diverse middle class. In addition, single mothers often have to survive on insufficient government welfare, housing and alimony payments which don’t put them in the traditional category of the middle class. We need to bring single mothers into the middle class and start forcing patriarchal families to help support less fortunate single mothers.

Our government’s investment in the middle class has generated spectacular results for our economy, which bodes well for the future. We must however bear in mind that there are still a number of serious threats to American progress, mostly emanating from right wing think tanks funded by large corporate interests such as the Koch Brothers. We need to be vigilant and spread awareness of the catastrophic implications of Trickle Down Economics. The good thing is that the middle class are one of the most liberal groups in America who are unlikely to fall for the tricks of corporate interests. Middle class progressives need to continue to work hard to promote liberal values and support pro middle class policies so that our children can enjoy the benefits of a truly progressive liberal democracy.

realguy
realguy

Sadly, minorities and single mothers often fall out of the middle class category.

single mothers are richest and luckiest individuals ever lived in modern history..they have no responsibility to raise child,can have sex with numerous men,get govt welfare,get preferential treatment in govt and private jobs…
plus everybody in movies,TV,Newspapers tell them how great they are…

MillionDollarBonus_

That is an unacceptable sexist comment. Would you rather that women lived in oppressive patriarchal families and let themselves be victims of domestic violence? ‘Long term’ relationships and families are a thing of the past. We need to start embracing a new progressive way of life in which women are free to live their lives free of boring long term relationships with ‘stable’ men and the responsibilities of child care.

trav777

you have come very far in your understanding, MDB, but as we can see, you now have even that much further to go. You are still using the racist patriarchal white male slur of “women” instead of the progressive-approved “wymyn.” I find this offensive

MillionDollarBonus_

Point taken Trav. As a white male I am inherently inferior, but I will continue to l strive to use politically correct terms in the future.

Monedas

Real Guy ! How insensitive …. you think it’s an advantage …. that single mothers …. can have sex with numerous …. stinky …. predatory men ? How cruel …. to taunt them …. with their employment privileges …. which they cannot accept …. they are raising …. America’s children !

trav777

Shouldn’t that be the way it is? The least “fortunate” among us who are denied “opportunity” should, what, be locked out of the rewards of society? Single mothers have been denied “access” to families and should be compensated. Anytime someone doesn’t have something it is because they are “underserved” or denied “access.”

Single mothers have rejected the oppressive racist patriarchal family structure, which is a throwback to an ugly era in this nation. Whites have significantly higher family formation rates than blacks- this means families are RACIST! Don’t you get it? ANY time there is disparity in outcome, there is racism. So how could anyone blame progressive, savvy women for rejecting families?? They’re doing the right thing!

realguy1010

Modern liberalism defines oppressive class as poor and middle white men.Every law,every policy is made to strangle them and banish them altogether from USA.It is like treating hemorrhoids with Rubber band ligation
The only problem is liberals(both dems and repubs) can’t eliminate them like Stalin did to non Russians and Hitler did to people of some religion.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

realguy, I think you would benefit by reading MillionDollarBonus’s famous article, Why Poor People Should Have More Children. It’s a “back-issue” on this web site.

polarbear55

MDB, once again I am breathless at your unparalleled wisdom. I would only add the following:

Education is the key to the middle class, for only knowledge can make you more valuable to society, and hence let you move up from burger-flipping jobs into higher paying positions. Luckily, thanks to the internet, anyone anywhere can learn virtually anything. Indeed, in today’s world, the old paradigm of almost everybody almost everywhere knowing practically nothing has ceased to be an irrirtant, as more people have become accredited in more things than ever before!

These far sighted people understand the powerful interplay between President Obama’s sagacious and subtle programs. Increasing the availability of student aid and loans is but one aspect of his education policy; his efforts to push corporations into hiring more part-time workers is another. Working part-time, it is much easier to balance school, work, and family, when compared to working full time.

We all know corporations don’t want to hire more employees; they would prefer to hire fewer people, and then make them work 60-70 hours a week, causing disruptions to the employees’ health and family lives. The President’s stunning health care policy virtually forces many firms to hire more part-timers, thus enabling a “lifetime learning” lifestyle. Today’s minimum wage, part-time employee will be, thanks to the progressive student loan policies of the President, our future defenders of endangered species, protectors of the discriminated against, and scholars who break new ground uncovering the many faults and flaws of ancient white men.

Of course, as new middle class workers, their taxes will both repay their student loans and provide new and enhanced services for everyone, as society climbs ever higher, and progress marches on!

Monedas

Homeruns, Polarbear and MDB ! Obama is providing …. gifted leadership …. and is planning for an economy ….. where machines do all the work …. welfare mother’s …. are the vanguard …. in this great social experiment …. where people will have more important roles …. than working …. Post Work Socialism …. you heard it here, first !

MillionDollarBonus_

I’m humbled by your gracious words polarbear. Don’t forget, the government invented the internet, which is yet another positive outcome of government research. I agree wholeheartedly about forcing greedy corporations to hire more employees. If corporations refuse to hire, it is up to the government to make sure that people have jobs and can afford to feed their children. Might I also add that raising the minimum wage would help lift many poor Americans out of poverty and create a more equal and fair society.

Monedas

Excellent, MDB ! It was vicious corporations …. that invented Zyklon B poison gas …. they thought it would make a good rodent exterminator and all around vermicide …. it took the compassionate genius …. of enlightened National Socialists …. who had the vision …. to use it for social engineering …. on a mass scale …. that made it an icon of the New World Order !

trav777

your Holocaust humor is not tolerable here. You cannot joke about The Holocaust. Joking leads to another Holocaust. Criticizing the wrong type of people leads to another Holocaust. Anything that is favorable to non-diverse persons leads to another Holocaust. This is why we must NEVER FORGET. Never forgetting means bringing it up every 5 minutes.

You, sir, are a bigot and a hater

trav777

yes, polarbear…and I might reiterate from a comment that got scrubbed or maybe I just didn’t submit, that as Ray Kurzweil says, there are BILLIONS of minds out there not connected to the internet. These are highly diverse minds and they will likely bring solutions to problems that non-diverse people couldn’t have even thought of. The skeptics will claim that these billion minds are mostly illiterate and cannot count, but this is just foolishness talking. We are ALL the same and from this sameness comes diversity that is our strength.

The more people can be connected to the internet, the more diversity, the more likely problems are to be solved. Increasing diversity has had a massively positive effect on corporations, government, academia, and the Federal Reserve Board. This has enabled us to successfully compete in a global workplace where the major commercial powers are highly diverse places such as China, Japan, and Germany. Affirmative action let us stay in the game when trading with the rest of the G20. Without this enrichment, how could we have possibly known how to make business deals?

Diversity lets us import Somalis, teach and train them, then export them back for diversification of malls in Kenya, for example…win-win-win.

President Obama just wants to level the playing field, and in the process, level everything else that is standing….in the way of progress. Diversity levels everything in its path which is why we need to continue the march fOrward.

hardy lingam
hardy lingam

You nailed this one!
As long as the fools in the rest of the world are willing to take our out-of-thin-air-confetti-dollars, and thus maintain our lifestyle at their expense, why fight it?
Keep printing! It’s a fiat-eat-fiat world, baby.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

Cspadt
Cspadt

Where to begin- MDB you sir are as delusional as it gets by thinking “investing” aka welfare will spur people to work. Why should lower middle class work when Obama has made it more comfortable for them to stay home, pop out kids (and get more money) and collect an ever increasing stream of benefits and money.

You also want to “force greedy corporations to hire more” haha it is sad that someone can spew on a website such utter nonsense that someone else without a working mind can read and possibly think “hey that’s a good idea”.

trav777

this site is like…an IQ test of sorts. You fail

Kaboom

Cspadt – what GOP-operated asylum are you writing from?

Obama’s profound principles of fair and just welfare distribution, increase of the minimum wage, workplace health and safety initiatives, universal FREE healthcare obligations on corporations, and protecting the environment from the evils of Big Oil and Big Coal, ensures that the future of the not-so-fortunate will be bright and shiny, in this land of opportunity.

Go and post on Zero Hedge or some other establishment-backed site.

Cyndi
Cyndi

Ohh I know all about this, I have a master’s degree in womyn’s studies, but I’m having trouble finding a job right now, because of capitalism.

The family was just a construct of The White Male Patriarchy, like capitalism. They invented these things so they could run around the world raping all the People of Colour, in fact, almost everything about Western Civilization was about rape and dominance. The family was just about keeping a personal womon slave, and about passing on the secrets of capitalism to the next generation of white male oppressors.

My Womyn’s Studies professor was very wise, she also had a degree in psychology. Sometimes she would invite be out, and I did not want to appear heteronormitive, so I went.

She told me many things about the future of the family and about society, but that The White Male Patriarchy was very powerful, and used tradition to keep the people from progress. She said as long as Progressives, like ourselves, had access to the TV and media, we could slowly change attitudes using psychological techniques.

I didn’t really understand, she talked about three stages, desensitization, jamming and conversion. I don’t really know what they mean, but she said that as long as we had access to media, and people kept watching TV, then we could change the thinking of the whole population and advance progressivism.

Of course, the idea is to have no family at all eventually. People should only reproduce at accredited laboratories, and the ability to reproduce should be taken away from them and placed in the hands of experts.

I wasn’t sure about that, but I brought it up to the Dandelion Circlet Council of my Wiccan coven. Maiden Moonflower gave a very good speech, she said it was good, and natural too! She said the Earth Mother is always crying because there are too many people on the planet. Most of us agreed, but some of the Sisters still thought it was unnatural. We decided to go camping this weekend, and commune with the Forest Spirits. I just know the Forest Spirits will agree with Maiden Moonflower!

MillionDollarBonus_

Yet another incredibly insightful post Cyndi! The white patriarchy still dominates today’s society. We need to do everything we can to upset this balance and give women and minorities the elevated status in society that they deserve.

Cyndi
Cyndi

Well, my professor told me it’s best just to erase all the differences. We all believe in equality don’t we? Why should some people have blue eyes and others brown? That’s why it’s important to mix all the races up, so there is only one race, than there can’t be any more racism! That’s Diversity!!

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Interesting. I wonder what color people’s skin and eyes will be after 5 or 10 generations of socially-just intermixing.

Lens
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