State of the Union

Four Ways Obama can Help the Middle Class Without Raising Taxes

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America's middle class has taken a huge hit on President Obama's watch. The Wall Street Journal has pointed out

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that the after-tax middle-class household income fell by 1.9 percent during Obama's so-called economic recovery — despite a 25 percent increase in payment transfers.

So it is only right that the president do something to help them – and he's getting a lot of praise from MSNBC-style liberals for laying out his "bold" soak-the-rich strategy in his State of the Union address. But there is nothing bold, I note in The Week, about trotting out tired old class warfare tropes that have not a snowball's chance in hell of passing.

If he wanted to be truly bold he'd look for good ideas even if they buck his party's conventional wisdom. I'll help him out by listing four that don't involve jacking up taxes.

Go here to find out what they are (but, spoiler alert: one of them involves not messing up  the school options of poor, minority kids in DC)