- Elizabeth Warren and daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi say it's not building a wall but investing in America's people that will make a difference
- They say it took conscious policy to create a strong middle class, we can do it again
Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is the senior senator from Massachusetts. Her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is the co-founder and president of Business Talent Group, a global consulting marketplace, and chairman of Demos, a nonprofit public policy organization. They are the authors of "The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are (Still) Going Broke," from which parts of this article are adapted The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)America's middle class is starting to crumble.
Signs of trouble
What we can do
- Step up investments in public education.
- Rein in the cost of college and cut outstanding student loan debt.
- Establish universal preschool and affordable child care.
- Upgrade infrastructure — mass transit, energy, communications — to make it easier to build good, middle-class jobs here in America.
- Recognize that the modern economy can be perilous, so that a stronger safety net is needed now more than ever.
- Strengthen disability coverage, retirement coverage and paid sick leave.
- And for heaven's sake, put a strong cop on Wall Street so banks can't build entire businesses on cheating people.