Built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known

from President Barack Obama – State Of The Union 2012 on Rap Genius

Meaning

During that robust post-war economy, the top income tax rate on the wealthy was between 80-91%, and working-class Americans formed unions at unprecedented levels. Forming workplace unions allowed poor and working-class workers to bargain for higher wages, health care coverage, retirement pensions and other benefits.

Peep the taxes on the wealthy back then and it’s easy to see how the US built the middle-class.

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