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No moving up: Time to recreate the American dream

Photo: 'Our Kids' book cover

Robert Putnam thinks the USA can be fixed. His book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, released this week, offers a diagnosis of what has gone wrong in his homeland. He wants Democrats and Republicans alike to respond.

Equality of opportunity is supposed to be there for all, so Americans can rise above the station of their parents. It happened to Putnam and many of his high school classmates in Port Clinton, Ohio. It is not happening today in Ohio, or Michigan, or elsewhere in America.

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From 1980–2005, average household income in the poorest 10 per cent of neighbourhoods increased by only two per cent compared to incomes in the richest 10 per cent of neighbourhoods that rose by 80.
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The defining features of the Canadian economy during the NAFTA era have been slower GDP growth, a surge in corporate concentration and heightened income inequality.

How many Canadians don't feel financially secure? A lot.

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Hennessy's Index looks at appeal of middle-class economics at a time when 90 per cent of Canadians don't feel financially secure.

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A number is never just a number: The appeal of middle-class economics

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52%

Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class when asked to describe their "social and financial place in society," according to a November 2014 Pollara poll.

73%

Percentage of Quebecers who said they were middle class -- the province most likely to do so, followed by Alberta (57%), the Prairies (47%), B.C. (46%), Atlantic provinces (44%), and Ontario (43%).

57%

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