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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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10 A Strengthened Middle Class

Andrea Batista Schlesinger and Amy Traub

AMERICA did not ask to be divided into warring camps of red and blue. Across the country, people have far more in common than anyone would guess from the polarized politics of recent decades. Most Americans hope to achieve and hold onto a middle-class standard of living. That means, among other things, a job that pays enough to support a family; a safe, stable home; good schools for our children and the chance to help them go to college; health care that doesn’t bury us in debt; a dignified retirement; and time off work for vacations and major life events.

We want these things not only for ourselves but for one another, because a large and stable middle class turns ...

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