November 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In case anyone missed it, President Obama and his allies had a reminder for lawmakers returning to work Monday: the fiscal cliff is coming, and it will take a massive bite out of the middle class unless a deal is reached by Dec. 31. The message was delivered anew by a White House report showing that looming tax hikes could cost middle-income families $2,200 and take a $200 billion chunk out of consumer spending, slowing economic growth....
November 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mayor Nutter, standing outside the White House on Thursday evening, delivered a message that echoed the one from his ally inside: Ensure middle-class tax cuts stay in place, before the country heads over the fiscal cliff. "Taxpayers making less than $250,000 should not see their taxes go up," Nutter said after he and 13 other mayors met with Vice President Biden. "If you have one thing that everyone agrees on, there's no reason not to do that one thing now. " Nutter's comments as he stood outside the West Wing highlighted his ongoing role as one of Obama's most visible allies, having served as one of the president's top surrogates during the election.
November 16, 2012
Problems of the GOP As I read Robert W. Patterson's commentary, I found myself in agreement that the GOP has lost majority support of the middle class through its blind focus on "free-market and limited-government abstractions" ("Dissecting a loss: GOP ticket doomed to failure by its abandonment of middle-class America," Sunday). His argument takes a faulty turn on social policy and its implications, as he cites Democratic policies that supposedly destabilize the family. He implies that these policies, which "progressively" seek to include marginalized segments of the middle class and empower women to make choices in how they live their lives, are somehow responsible for the shrinking of the middle class.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mayor Nutter, standing outside the White House Thursday evening, delivered a message that echoed the one coming from his ally inside: Ensure middle-class tax cuts stay in place, before the country heads over the fiscal cliff. "Taxpayers making less than $250,000 should not see their taxes go up," Nutter said after he and 13 other mayors met with Vice President Biden. "If you have one thing that everyone agrees on, there's no reason not to do that one thing now. " Nutter's comments as he stood outside the West Wing highlighted his ongoing role as one of Obama's most visible allies, having served as one of the president's top surrogates during the election.
November 12, 2012 |
President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night, barely winning 50 percent of the popular vote. Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson. Republicans and their standard bearer, Mitt Romney, were confident of consigning Obama to the same ash heap as the failed Jimmy Carter presidency. But Election Day hit them like a ton of bricks. Extending the tragic reversal of their three landslides in the 1980s, the GOP failed for the fifth time in six presidential elections to capture the vote of the people.
October 16, 2012 |
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was the hardest-working man in Philadelphia over the weekend, touring union halls, preaching at churches, speaking on radio programs, and headlining a get-out-the-vote barbecue in West Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. Seconds after taking the microphone at Malcolm X Park, he had the crowd fired up. "I assume we're all going to vote. We have enough sense to register and vote," he said playfully. "We need workers to wake up the sleeping. We need workers to change the minds of those who don't get it. " He declared Nov. 6 "Dignity Day," urging everyone to skip work, knock on doors, and help neighbors get to the polls.
October 12, 2012 |
EWING, N.J. - With just under a month to go in their campaign for U.S. Senate, New Jersey's two major-party candidates spent much of their second debate Wednesday trying to blame each other for the lackluster economy and struggles of the middle class. Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, a veteran state legislator, stuck mainly to their respective parties' talking points on issues such as health care and illegal immigration, and were most animated when arguing over how best to jump-start the economy.
October 11, 2012 |
For years, Mee Lin Youk could calculate her professional worth to the penny: $21 an hour, plus perks like free flights and health insurance to soothe the pain from loading planes for American Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport. Nothing has changed about the fleet service clerk's physically taxing job except the pay: An outsourcing firm is now offering just $8.50 an hour with no benefits, if Youk and her coworkers decide to reapply. After writing three columns in a row about how the unemployed remain a legion of suffering in spite of jobs reports and campaign claims, I found Youk's overnight economic devaluation to be an equally infuriating story of our time.
October 5, 2012 |
Vice President Biden's off-script remark at a campaign rally Tuesday that the middle class has "been buried for the last four years" has rekindled debate over his effectiveness on the stump, with defenders contending that such gaffes are a sign of Biden's authenticity, while critics argue that he has served as more of a punch line than an effective messenger on the trail. With the vice presidential debate just a little more than a week away, Republicans have begun ramping up their criticism of the No. 2 Democrat, noting that whereas Biden as a senator was a regular on the Sunday talk-show circuit, Biden the vice president has not sat for a national TV interview since the Meet the Press appearance in which he - apparently unintentionally - preempted President Obama in expressing support for same-sex marriage.