"America remains a âyes, we canâ kind of nation, but the aspirations of the vast middle class are under strain â enough to be the subject of a presidential task force. President-elect Obama made it official earlier this week. Come January, a key job of Vice President Joseph Biden will be to come up with ways to boost middle-class incomes and to address related concerns about job and retirement security." http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/12/24/will-obama%e2%80%99s-plans-help-the-middle-class/ Not sure how he is going to do this, though the article lists things such as more education, restoring labour standards, protecting retirement, middle class tax cut, plus a job creation program. But one of the biggest problems for Americans, if the mortgage crisis is ever resolved, will be the outsourcing of their white collar jobs. "Rajeev Dhawan, director of economic forecasting at Georgia State University in Atlanta, says the communication revolution has exposed white-collar workers to global competition. âTell me: How are you going to bring back the premium [pay] that was geographically insulated?â he asks. âYou cannot turn back the clock.â" Problem is, Americans cannot live on salaries paid to workers in China and India and other third world nations. Education is touted as being the cure for this - but first, how many service jobs can be created, how well will they pay, and, for higher skilled jobs, why can these not also be outsourced? Answer would seem to be to financially penalise companies that outsource work when there are Americans that can do the job. Eventually, world wide unions will be the only way to protect all workers, but this may never come about with international capitalisim in control.