Hillary Clinton has vowed not to raise taxes on the middle class.
It’s a pledge that has worked well for others on the campaign trail before her, a resonant assurance to voters who saw themselves as middle class or aspired to be. But it’s a bad promise.
Mrs. Clinton is using a definition of middle class that has long been popular among Democratic policy makers, from her husband to Barack Obama when he was a candidate: any household that makes $250,000 or less a year. Yet this definition is completely out of touch with reality. It also boxes her in.
The most recent Census Bureau data showed that median household income — what people in the exact middle of the American spectrum earn — is $53,657.