The weekly column from Clark Judge:
SOTU Address: No Middle Class Economics but Lots of Spin
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; Chairman, Pacific Research Institute
Last week President Obama delivered his next to final State of the Union address. In it, he extolled “middle class economics”, which was the name he attached to his economic policies. The more I listened, the more I thought, this is spin, not reality.
As with many, perhaps most, Americans, when I hear the words “middle class economics”, I think not about my own history but of my family’s. My great grandfather arrived here with his parents and siblings shortly after the Civil War. There is no record of him having much schooling, but the family clearly coveted education. Records show that his sister, who became a teacher, was soon in college, almost unheard of for a girl in the mid-19th century. His father was listed in the census as a laborer, but within the decade the son was partner in a store and later either took over the business or started his own, the records aren’t clear. After graduating from college (the family’s first male recorded as having done so), his son married a teacher and took over the business. Continue Reading