Upward mobility in the American economy has always been something like the popular 1980s computer game, "Frogger," in which players had to maneuver their frogs across a busy street. Doing so successfully often meant taking two hops backward of sideways for every one hop forward. Failure to move fast enough meant getting squashed flat by oncoming traffic. Today, after hopping sideways for as long as possible, America's middle class is getting flattened, or — for the lucky — taking several hops backwards.
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