Hard Times, For Some

On July 24, President Obama returned to Galesburg, Ill. to reiterate a promise he made in 2005 as a freshman Senator: to create new opportunities for the nation’s beleaguered middle class. …

Obama wants to raise living standards while powerful headwinds are pushing back. It’s not only Republican opposition. National and global trends are forcing wages and salaries down and holding them there. [cont.]

Tom Edsall (Columbia U.), New York Times