Reader View: Strengthen middle class, strengthen America

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Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Income opportunity is the single most important issue facing America today. The middle class in America is slowly shrinking. The current rate of income inequality will have a devastating long-term impact, with 45 percent of children in America now living in low-income families. Now is the time to tackle this growing epidemic, so we can ensure economic growth and a quality future for the next generation.

In a video promoting her upcoming memoir, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton says that the United States is “strong and well equipped to restore prosperity here at home, to deal with the cancer of inequality” in our country, but that “engaging in ideological and rhetorical battles” won’t solve the problem. I couldn’t agree more. America’s strength comes from the middle class, and by working together to improve their lives, we can make the United States even stronger.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:38 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3080

    Other than acknowledging his support for Hillary and advocating that the rest of us get behind her as well, what's Mayor Javier's point?

    Mayor Javier tells us that we need to work together to make the lives of the American middle class better, but offers zero specifics.

    Mayor Javier tells us that the Santa Fe's Living Wage increased opportunity and caused prosperity to be shared, but offers no evidence supporting that claim.

    Mayor Javier tells us that Santa Fe is creating jobs by embracing innovation and technology, but offers up no examples of jobs created. Where are the 4,000 jobs?

    Mayor Javier tells us that we "must cut through the lines that divide us in order to move toward greater equality, economically and socially" but again fails to offer up any specifics about plans or policies to achieve his "equality" goals.

    Finally, Mayor Javier tells us that he is an optimist, and that "we can reach our brightest days by moving forward together," but he's vague on any details about what "moving forward together" actually entails, although it seems to involve Hillary Clinton.

    Taken all together, Mayor Javier seems to be hinting that the solution to the problems of the middle class is single-party rule under a benevolent Hillary Clinton, but if that's his goal, why not just come out and say it?

  • Barbara Harrelson posted at 4:00 pm on Sun, Jun 15, 2014.

    barbarah1 Posts: 60

    This seems to be an early endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and might show Mr. Gonzales's hand more than he intended. The mayor's self-proclaimed commitment to strengthening the middle class and his efforts to achieve more income equality--here and everywhere--are laudable. But does he have to attach himself to the national political debate so obviously?


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