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Why the Election Could Be Decided This Friday

Rarely in the history has the monthly employment numbers carried so much political significance.

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But those days are over. The bubble that burst in 2008 has removed both masks. The middle class and the poor who aspire to join it will have enough income to get the economy moving again only if and when they get a larger share of the gains from economic growth.

Perhaps the President will be asked Wednesday night for his plan to accomplish this.

Robert Reich is professor of public policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was secretary of labor in the Clinton administration.