AARP Maps Fight to Rebuild Middle Class

January 15, 2013 | | US News & World Report |

AARP announced a major policy and research initiative Tuesday drawing attention to the economic decline of the American middle class. In the run-up to what will surely be a bruising Congressional battle over Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other federal benefit programs, the powerful seniors' group said it would push for strengthened supports for all generations.

Calling the declining fortunes of the middle class the new "impossible American dream," AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said the organization's Middle Class Security Project would target the five needs that Americans have identified as crucial to people being part of the middle class and securing their future well-being.