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WASHINGTON During 13News anchor David Alan's one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama, the president talked about his concerns for the middle class and how time is running out to extend the payroll tax holiday.

It could mean an extra $1,000 a year in the paychecks of millions of Americans.

When asked about the status of many Americans who worry about keeping their homes and putting foods on the table, Obama responded, 'We didn't create the condition. We haven't solved it fully yet, because it was three decades in the making.'

The president told Alan Tuesday in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House that what is putting so much pressure on the middle class is automation and globalization which over the years, have forced manufacturing jobs to move out of the United States.

Obama explained that between 2000 to 2008, wages and incomes flat-lined. The cost of everything from energy to food and health care were going up and that a large number of consumers made some wrong choices.

There is good news, said the president. The United States still has the best universities in the world and the best workers in the world and those are the tools needed to help the middle class grow again. Investing in roads and investing in infrastructure, also are key, the president stated.

But above all, Obama said the rules of the road need to be fair -- everyone needs to pay their fair share of taxes.

He is continuing to push Congress to cut the payroll tax to make sure middle class families don't see their taxes go up by a $1-thousand dollars on January 1st.

'What we've said is 'Folks like me can afford to pay a little bit more in order to make sure the middle class families have opportunity.' I think that's something that most people in Virginia and most folks around the country agree with,' concluded Obama.


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