American Notes: Remember the Forgotten

God may love the common people, but unfortunately a sizable segment of the nation's population has been feeling exceptionally common and dangerously unloved. Last week the White House studied a confidential Government report on the discontent, disappointment and disaffection of the large and potentially volatile lower middle class.

The report, written by Assistant Labor Secretary Jerome Rosow, notes that 40% of American families, comprising 70 million family members, have incomes of between $5,000 and $10,000 a year. That is hardly a new or eyebrow raising perception, but the analysis points out that these "forgotten Americans"—many of them ethnics and...

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