Paul Krugman makes the painful point that the class war aspect of our politics was part of the 2012 victory, and also part of the current debate over the Fiscal Cliff. Leave it to our leading economist to wake us up to the reality of class in America.
I think this is also something that all interested in public health might remember; values matter, and while public health stresses the health of the community, this does not mean that we're all in this together, in the struggle to improve the nation's sorry standing among other democracies.
The paradox of public health is a double one: the health of all of us together depends on improving the health of the least of us, the health of the poor and the lower middle class. The double paradox is that by increasing their health, the health of those who are better off within the income ladder improves also, but somewhat less dramatically.