The heart of our political malaise is that the middle class, so long a powerhouse of US prosperity, is being crushed as never before.
This article titled “The decline and fall of the American middle class” was written by Paul Harris, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 13th September 2011 17.35 UTC
No one can accuse the candidates on stage at Monday's Republican debate of not discussing a broad range of topics. They talked about big issues like social security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy independence, repealing healthcare reform and the need for job creation. And they talked about small issues for political point-scoring: like HPV vaccines for girls.