Student loans are dramatically up since 2008. Food stamp usage, too. Of course, we already know the federal debt has almost doubled since then. Then again, we are printing more money; our labor participation rate is down; and health insurance costs have risen. But let’s really talk about the middle class, where the family median income has been taking hits, home ownership has fallen, and the average worker shares less of our economic growth than just a few years ago. It’s tough to get this many converging bad economic results in all sectors without working damn hard at it.

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