The middle class is poorer because of inflation since since the US went to a fiat currency in 1971. Obama raising the deficit to near 16 trillion almost insured an economic collapse in the not so distant future.
Democrats will suggest that the actions of Republicans early in the decade came to roost at the end, resulting in a false bubble early on and the massive downturn later, which began while the Bush Administration was in office and continued due to legacy policies on from his time.
Republicans will suggest that there was growth and prosperity while they were in power and the downturn began a year after democrats took full controll of the senate and continued right on through their win of the white house at the later part of the decade, caused by uncertainty in the future regarding fiscal issues and legislation on the democrats part.
Both sides will do what politicians do....take the numbers and spin them in a way that makes their side look absolutely the best and having no hand what so ever in the negative part and making everything bad look like the fault of the other side. What will matter is which side has more compelling spin.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
― Stephen R. Covey
What a coincidence... for the first time since at least World War II, the decade began during a major economic expansion and came to an end at the tail of a major recession.For the first time since at least World War II, middle-class families finished the first decade of the 21st century poorer and with lower incomes than they had 10 years earlier.
Always been true? It wasn't true in the early 80's, wasn't true in the early 90's, wasn't true in the in the early 00's... (I see a pattern here)."That the middle class always enjoys a rising standard of living is part of America's sense of itself, and it has always been true - until now," Taylor said in an interview