Our only hope is to strengthen and grow the middle class.
After 50 years of fairly equal growth in prosperity after World War II, things started to change with Reagan’s presidency, when he slashed domestic programs and cut funding to cities and states. Since then, the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and everybody else became wider than it was before the Great Depression.
The longstanding gap between the richest and poorest West Virginians has historically had a negative impact on our economy. History has shown that when the income gap rises, the economy becomes more dangerously unstable. Democratic policies have the best promise to bring back good-paying jobs, reverse the income gap and help grow the middle class again.
Raising our voices
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