Alissa Quart’s new book examines the plights of women and men whose jobs have been devalued by the evolving American economy.
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times carried one of those state-of-the-economy articles indicating that Americans are becoming more realistic in their estimates of their place on the country’s social ladder. Headlined, “Amid slow economic recovery, more Americans identify as ‘lower class,’” Emily Alpert’s feature focused on the latest General Social Survey, a 40-year research project conducted biannually […]
Congress will reconvene shortly. That means more battles over taxes and spending, regulations and safety nets, and how to get the economy out of first gear. Which means more gridlock and continual showdowns over budget resolutions and the debt ceiling. But before the hostilities start again and we all get lost in puerile politics and […]
As pundits constantly remind us, when it comes to the national elections, it’s the economy, stupid. But the parameters of the debate about our dire economic straits has been disappointingly narrow, leaving out some of the most pressing issues facing tens of millions of Americans. If national leaders are serious about reviving the economic fortunes […]
On a day when the number of unemployed Americans ticked up to 8.3 percent, it’s worth checking out an ongoing project of Marketplace. The American Public Radio program has been inviting readers to contribute images and comments they believe capture the essence of what it means to be middle class. “We spend a lot of […]