We are at a critical point in the economic development of our country. We can let our middle class society continue to decline. In doing so, we will erode both the foundation of our democracy and the engine of our economic growth. Or, we can make saving and rebuilding our middle class society an enduring, unequivocal legislative priority at all levels of government.
We’ve tried the conventional legislative approach long enough without getting where we need to be. It is time to try something new. For me, that “something” is the Middle Class Amendment.
1.7 Section 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
Be it enacted by the Congress of the United States:
An amendment to the United States Constitution is proposed to the people to read:
As a middle class society is the mainstay of a strong economy and
vibrant democracy and critical to the long-term prosperity and stability of a republican form of government; and as a middle class society is supported by the public investment in basic building blocks to create opportunity, to guarantee its survival and growth, Congress will commit to provide by law and to protect for its citizens an economic and social environment conducive to living wage jobs, a clean and safe environment, a comprehensive public education system, a stable and functioning transportation system, and access to affordable comprehensive health care.
Further, Congress will resist changes to this commitment and its means of support that will undermine the survival of the economic opportunity created by the existence of a middle class society committed to greater income equality.
Visit the website, read the organizing booklet and join the movement.
This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the change for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
- President Barack Obama