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David Brooks' myth-world

Amy Traub: Bobo in obliviousness...
New York Times columnist David Brooks drives me nuts on a regular basis. His latest column is par for the course.

Brooks hails conservative Democrats and dismisses the middle-class squeeze as a myth, "detached from the reality most Americans experience." This was particularly interesting to learn as we just finished putting together a DMI overview of the middle class squeeze grounded in that very reality. With the overwhelming majority of Americans agreeing that as a nation we're working "as hard or harder than ever just to get by" and less than a third of voters saying that they personally are getting ahead financially, one wonders who it is that's out of touch.

Economist Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute makes the point excellently in this letter to the editor: