Middle Matters

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May 5, 2005 7:41 a.m.

Does “middle” sound mushy? dull? ho-hum? Do you know that nothing really heart-racing happens to the middle? Are you sure it is strong, that it will always be there?

Think again.

The middle class is being carved up as the main dish in a corporate feast. Strugging with flat incomes and rising costs for housing, health care, transportation, child care and taxes (yes, taxes), these folks are under a lot of financial strain. And big corporate interests, led by the consumer finance industry, are devouring families and spitting out the bones.

That’s what I want to talk about. How about you?

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