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Issues 2024: Worker Power

For 50 years, businesses have been finding ways to succeed while offering fewer secure jobs to American workers, leading to surging growth and profits while wages stagnated.

Issues 2024 Series Explores Key Policy Debates Heading Into 2024 Election

First Issues 2024 brief analyzes the decline in middle-class security

Issues 2024: Middle-Class Security

Stagnating wages have prevented workers from keeping up with the costs of attaining middle-class security in America.

Talkin’ (Policy) Shop: GOP Voters and the Realignment

On this episode, Oren and Chris discuss the results of our new poll of GOP primary voters, which shows an economic realignment is well underway.

GOP Primary Voter Poll Shows Pro-Worker Realignment Is Well Underway

As Republican presidential primary candidates prepare to meet tonight to debate the future of the GOP, a new poll shows that their voters have abandoned the party’s traditional focus on Read more…

The New Conservative Voter

A realignment that focuses the Republican Party on pro-worker economic policy is well underway

Remarks on Family Affordability at AEI

Oren Cass discusses the Cost-of-Thriving Index and the affordability of middle-class life in America at the American Enterprise Institute.

Critics Corner with Angela Rachidi

On this episode of Critics Corner, Oren Cass is joined by AEI’s Angela Rachidi to discuss family affordability.

Cost of Thriving Index Tracks Middle-Class Struggles

Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity highlights American Compass’s Cost-of-Thriving Index

Oren Cass on Fox Business’s Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Cass joins Fox Business’s Charles Payne to discuss the Cost-of-Thriving Index and economic pressure on American families

Time Unhad but Not Unspent 

In The American Conservative, Micah Meadowcroft discusses the Cost-of-Thriving Index and how economic constraints make family formation more difficult.

Why Are So Many Americans Sour on the Economy? Look at This New Data.

In The Washington Post, Henry Olsen discusses the Cost-of-Thriving Index’s findings about the difficulty of raising a family in the middle class today.

Breaking Points: Americans Drowning in Health Care and Housing Costs

Breaking Points covers American Compass’s Cost-of-Thriving Index

Ordinary Americans Are Counting the Cost of Thriving

In the Financial Times, Oren Cass discusses the pressure on American families illustrated by the 2023 Cost-of-Thriving Index.

Cost-of-Thriving Index Shows Middle-Class Life Unaffordable in America

A typical worker cannot afford to support a family anywhere in the United States, according to the 2023 Cost-of-Thriving Index.

Family Affordability Survey

American families, across parties and classes, broadly share a definition of the middle class and concern with how the economy has made middle-class life harder.

The 2023 Cost-of-Thriving Index

Tracking the catastrophic erosion of middle-class life in America

Ferment of Change Lurks in Republican Chaos

The unfolding spectacle of a US House of Representatives in disarray, unable to elect a Speaker, should be a common one.

Pass the CHIPS, Please

Restrictions on investment in China are a good idea, to be sure. The taller and stronger the guardrails, the better. But holding incentives for domestic investment hostage to tougher restrictions on foreign investment may not be wise or necessary, for two reasons.

The Climate Crisis Is No Excuse for Backsliding on Democracy

For progressives, the US Supreme Court’s EPA ruling should have been a teachable moment, argues American Compass executive director Oren Cass.

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