For hard-working, middle-class families all over the country, life during the Bush presidency has grown less affordable and less secure. President Bush’s record of fiscal incompetence and mismanagement, and Republicans’ close ties with special interests, have helped lead to both lower wages and skyrocketing costs for basic necessities like gas, health care, and college tuition. Unfortunately, instead of addressing the problems facing the middle class, Bush Republicans have either ignored them or enacted measures that have made matters even worse.
The following reports provide state-specific data on the increasing squeeze on our middle-class families. For more information, see DPC Fact Sheet entitled Middle-Class Life Under Bush: Less Affordable and Less Secure.