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Who Killed the Middle Class?

true liberal Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 7:57 AM
Pat, you have to look to the over regulation of manufacturing and industry. We used to export lumber across the world and now we import from Canada. Why? The infamous spotted owl debacle brought to us by the Endangered Species Act. We could have industry here and be profitable if we got government out of the way. The solutions that many are proposing are protectionist and do nothing but increase costs with poor quality to the poor schlep that has to pay for the protectionism
"It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth -- a rising, thriving middle class."

So said Barack Obama in his State of the Union.

And for one of his ideas to reignite that engine, Republicans applauded.

"And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union -- because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs."

One wonders if any of those in the hall who rose robotically at the phrase "free and fair" were...