What's happened to the middle class?
Broadcast: Midmorning, 05/18/2011, 9:06 a.m.
American politicians spend a lot of time talking about working for the middle class. But just who is the middle class? And is the political rhetoric doing anything to reverse a 40-year slide caused by stagnant wages and eroding job security?
- Jacob Hacker: Professor of political science at Yale University and resident fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is co-author of "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer, and Turned It's on the Middle Class."
- Dante Chinni: Author of "Our Patchwork Nation." He has covered politics and media for more than a decade.