America is losing middle class jobs — and middle class pay. Not only are “middle-skill” jobs disappearing as routine tasks become computerized (think everything people do in the television show “The Office”), but that job loss has contributed to stagnating wages. Clearly, we need to infuse much more investment into education, job-training and infrastructure, all of which engender middle class jobs. But where to get the money? http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/02/12/americas-disappearing-middle-skill-jobs-and-falling-wages/
In fact there is plenty of money, as US companies have been rather profitable, of late. But the lion's share of that has enriched the very- top of a re-emerging class system. In what appears to be a real IQ test, some in America's growing aristocracy favor small increases in their own tax rates, in order to replenish the health of a "diamond shaped social order"… to which they owe everything. Those who fail this IQ test seem actually to believe that the fast-returning age of feudal oligarchy will be a good thing for them. It won't be - for anyone.
Addendum. There has been a recent surge of industrial/manufacturing production in the United States, driven in part by cheap natural gas but also by education and productivity improvements. This will help, though much of the new production is highly automated.