class http://michiganradio.org en Class Warfare http://michiganradio.org/post/class-warfare <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">I started listening to the state of the union address last night, which I thought was one of President Obama&rsquo;s better speeches.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:18:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5934 at http://michiganradio.org Class Warfare Essay: Class Warfare, Codified http://michiganradio.org/post/essay-class-warfare-codified <p>When I was growing up, I knew a lot of kids whose fathers didn&#39;t earn a living working in the bowels of a factory like my dad.<br /><br />Their dads were businessmen, doctors and bankers, but our families lived blocks away, not suburbs apart. So all of us kids attended the same schools. We cheered together at football games, discoed at the same dances and had the same teacher for algebra. Our parents didn&#39;t mingle much, but most of them voted for school levies and showed up for the junior class plays.<br /><br />This is not to suggest I never felt the sting of inferiority. A working-class kid is always aware of other kids&#39; economic advantages, but most of the time they were irrelevant. We were in the thick of it &mdash; together. Plodding side by side through life at a young age teaches us that people have more in common than they sometimes want to believe. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:00:01 +0000 Connie Schultz 5042 at http://michiganradio.org Essay: Class Warfare, Codified Mixing it up on the dance floor http://michiganradio.org/post/mixing-it-dance-floor <p>On the dance floor at Stiletto&rsquo;s nightclub in Inkster you will find nurses, hair stylists, factory workers, fast food employees, students, professors, and business people. They come from tight-knit neighborhoods in Detroit, ritzy enclaves in Royal Oak, and from university campuses.</p><p>People in their twenties dance next to senior citizens, and there is every shade of skin tone in this place.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-993440.mp3</p><p>The club&rsquo;s personnel manager Carolyn Sopko calls the crowd diverse and inclusive.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 4952 at http://michiganradio.org Mixing it up on the dance floor Report: A third of middle class Americans slip down economic ladder http://michiganradio.org/post/report-third-middle-class-americans-slip-down-economic-ladder <p>The report &quot;<a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Economic_Mobility/Pew_PollProject_Final_SP.pdf">Downward Mobility from the Middle Class: Waking Up from the American Dream</a>&quot; shows a third of children raised under middle class conditions fell out of the middle class as adults.</p><p>The report comes from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In the introduction, researchers cite a popular definition of the American Dream - <em>your children are financially better off than you.</em></p><p>For varying reasons, the dream didn&#39;t work out for one third of the people they looked at.</p><p>The report used data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. 12,686 young men and women who were 14-22 years old were part of that survey.</p><p>The reports authors define middle class as being &quot;those falling between the 30th and 70th percentiles of the family-size-adjusted income distribution.&quot; Or a family with two adults and two kids making between $32,900 to $64,000 (in 2010 dollars).</p><p>Author Gregory Acs writes that while the chances of falling out of the middle class reflects what one might expect mathematically, &quot;not all middle-class children are equally likely to fall.&quot; Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:03:10 +0000 Mark Brush 4066 at http://michiganradio.org Report: A third of middle class Americans slip down economic ladder Class helps ticketed drivers avoid points http://michiganradio.org/post/class-helps-ticketed-drivers-avoid-points <p>Let&rsquo;s say you get busted for speeding, disobeying a stop sign, or failing to yield. You still have to deal with the ticket by contesting it or paying up. But if you&rsquo;re eligible you&rsquo;re going to get a letter in the mail from the state. It&rsquo;ll tell you about a class you can take online or in a classroom.</p><p>The new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos/LICENSEID/BASIC_DRIVER_IMPROVEMENT_COURSE/">driver improvement course</a> is a refresher on traffic safety.</p><p>Drivers who pass the class within sixty days can avoid getting points put on their records and that helps keep insurance rates low.</p><p>The program started in January and more than 1,000 drivers have taken the course so far. Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:03:56 +0000 Kyle Norris 1517 at http://michiganradio.org Class helps ticketed drivers avoid points