How offended should we be that Congress is grandstanding about its decision over whether we get to keep $20 per week in our paychecks? Lawmakers are talking about the expiration of the payroll tax cut as if the middle class will descend into poverty without that extra $1,000 per year.
Should Congress be blind to class differences? Democratic lawmakers confuse fighting for the middle class with using the middle class as an excuse to seize revenue from the wealthy. Facing an unemployment rate that refuses to budge and a dismal economic forecast, the middle class is being beaten up badly enough without the Democratic Party’s help.
The strength of our economy can be measured by the strength of our middle class.
President Barack Obama 
Washington adores the middle class, and politicians seeking reelection are making a special effort to convey the middle class’s bedrock importance. The president began fighting for the middle class even before he assumed office:
As president, Obama will fight to modernize government policies to secure and expand the middle class.