middle class under assault

The Decline of the Middle Class Explained in One Easy Graphic

For years, economists, analysts, politicians and pundits have bemoaned the steady decline of the middle class -- and, odds are, you've felt what they're talking about from the inside. But that's not the same as seeing the data laid out in front of you.

Pop Quiz: Who Is Living America's Middle-Class Dream?

America's middle class has gotten a lot of attention in the 2012 election, but what, exactly, does "middle class" mean? If you've ever wondered -- and wondered whether or not you're a member of it -- take a peek at our middle-class quiz.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Taxes

In Wednesday's much-hyped debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, few topics will loom larger than taxes -- a subject about which the two parties and their standard-bearers are fundamentally, philosophically divided. Here's what you're likely to hear.

The Middle-Class Squeeze: Falling Wealth, Rising Costs

It's no secret that many middle-class families are in a financial bind, caught between rising costs and falling incomes. But according to recent government reports, the middle-class squeeze is not a recent development, and isn't likely to disappear anytime soon.

Rich vs. Poor: How America's Wealth Is Divided

In an academic study, the majority of Americans polled advocated an unequal division of national wealth, with more cash going to the rich and upper middle class and less going to the poor and working class. However, the respondents ideal model of income and wealth distribution, though far from equal, came far closer to the reality of Sweden than the much more dramatic inequality found in the U.S.