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  • America is Truly Exceptional, But Not For the Reasons You Have Been Told
    Have you ever had someone ask you why you just don't just leave the country whenever you express even the slightest frustration with the status quo? It's a common refrain from those who believe in American exceptionalism and is something I've heard so often that I've begun to push back more forcefully against those who suggest I leave my homeland because I have the gall to question
  • One of the most misunderstood and falsely maligned Federal programs in the United States is Section 8 of the United States Housing Act.
  • Everyone Should Be Able To Afford Healthcare
    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the national poverty rate for the continental US (for 2014) is $11,670/year. That's for one person, living by themselves. For every extra person in the household, you add $4,060.

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  • How to Get Low-Wage Workers Into the Middle ClassWed Aug 19, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    After 10 years as a McDonald’s cashier in Los Angeles, Albina Ardon earns just $9.05 an hour. For most of her time there, Ardon, 28, has been deeply frustrated because her...
  • Becoming Jihadi JohnSun Mar 08, 2015 | politico.com
    When Mohammad Emwazi was unmasked as “Jihadi John,” the London-accented Islamic State executioner, the news media wasted no time in dispatching journalists to his...
  • What 27 Weeks of Unemployment Does to the American WorkerFri Mar 06, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    Even if February was 28 days of awful weather for most of the country, it was, all in all, a solid month for employment figures, with 295,000 new jobs added to the economy,...
  • Obama's new budget proves the grand bargain is finally deadMon Feb 02, 2015 | vox.com
    One of the most striking elements of the Obama administration's budget proposal to be released later today isn't anything that it's in it. It's what isn't in it — at least...
  • A Blueprint for Middle-Class EconomicsThu Jan 29, 2015 | huffingtonpost.com
    America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our...
  • Robin Hood in ReverseWed Jan 28, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    Those who earn the least pay the most in nearly every state across America. Or rather, the poorest citizens pay the highest proportion of their incomes to local and state...
  • State of the Union: Tax warSat Jan 17, 2015 | politico.com
    President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically...
  • Progressives Seek Control Of The Democratic PartyFri Jan 09, 2015 | talkingpointsmemo.com
    As Republicans take control of Congress for the first time since 2006, the Democrats' crushing midterm defeat and the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have empowered...

Democratic Legislation that Benefits Middle Class

DatePositive Result\BenefitLawRank
12/17/10$136 billion in tax relief for 21 million middle class households through patch to the Alternative Minimum Tax for 2010 & 20112010 Tax & Jobs Compromise
02/17/09$100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs2009 Stimulus Bill
02/17/09$70 billion in tax relief for middle class workers by patching the Alternative Minimum Tax for one year2009 Stimulus Bill
02/17/09Tax credit of $400 per worker ($800 per couple) for middle income workers for 2009 & 2010 totaling $116 billion2009 Stimulus Bill

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