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Book Review: The New Middle Class by Steve Gunderson

The New Middle Class Creating Wealth, Wages and Opportunity in the 21 st Century by Steve Gunderson delves into the problems faced by middle class Americans. He expresses concern over the mismatch of American values, education, economic policy and American competitiveness. The middle class is slipping away and policy makers should consider new ways of encouraging a 4-5% growth rate and higher levels of educational attainment to maintain prosperity.  National development should be based on those values that made America great. It is the desire to continue to move up the economic ranks while not ignoring wider responsibilities. Yet without improving upon the education system the grasps of middle class are sifting through the hands of those who desire it the most. The system needs to change and improve if the U.S. will maintain its competitive stance.  The far majority of jobs today (85%) need some secondary education beyond high school.    The path to maintaining the middl