Obama's shaky middle-class lifeboat

Yesterday's speech from Barack Obama, and the criticism of it, show just how fraught America's efforts are to boost its economically critical middle class.

In the wake of US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, it's clear America is so far incapable of arresting the decline of its middle class.

In the hour-long speech, the first SOTU of his second term as the 44th president of the United States, Obama said it’s his generation’s task to "re-ignite the true engine of America’s economic growth: a rising, thriving middle class.”

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