middle class http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Is The Middle Class Eroding? You Weigh In http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-eroding-you-weigh <p><em>This is a follow-up to Monday's "St. Louis on the Air" show about the middle class. <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-dwindles-american-dream-still-realistic">Hear the audio from that show and read Kyle Jacoby's story</a> to find out what the experts said about the middle class, the economy and the American Dream.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've heard it before: The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. But what about those in the middle?</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:37:14 +0000 Erica Smith 38411 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As The Middle Class Dwindles, Is The American Dream Still Realistic? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/middle-class-dwindles-american-dream-still-realistic <p></p><p>The rich are getting richer. The top 5 percent of earners in the U.S. accounted for nearly 40 percent of personal consumption expenditures in 2012, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/business/the-middle-class-is-steadily-eroding-just-ask-the-business-world.html?_r=2" target="_blank">according to the Institute for New Economic Thinking</a>. That is up from 28 percent in 1995.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:32 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 38329 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As The Middle Class Dwindles, Is The American Dream Still Realistic?