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Why Don't Politicians Care about the Working Class?
by Mark Thoma
Thursday Mar 28th, 2013 11:23 AM
The national debt is not the most important problem to address. Reversing the polarization of the labor market is much more important.
If we want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have the brightest possible future, the national debt is not the most important problem to address. Reversing the polarization of the labor market – the hollowing out of the middle class and the associated rise in inequality over the last thirty years or so – is much more important. But money driven politics and a political class that has all but forgotten about the working class – Democrats in particular have forgotten who they are supposed to represent – stand in the way of progress on this important problem.

As everyone surely knows by now, the last few decades have not been kind to workers in the middle and lower parts of the income distribution. Technological change, globalization, and the decline of unions that gave workers political clout and countervailing power in negotiations over wages, benefits, and working conditions have eroded the economic opportunity and security that the post World War II era brought to working class households

to read Mark Thoma's article published on March 26, 2013, click on

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/03/26/Why-Dont-Politicians-Care-About-the-Working-Class.aspx#page1