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Canada Outpaced America's Middle Class With Luck

Word that the United States' middle class is no longer the world's most affluent -- and that Canada is No. 1 -- stirred up the expected hysteria last week. Is the American dream dead? While the Canadian in me swells with pride, my American side need not panic. Canada's rise is more due to luck, and a couple of smart policy decisions, than to the decline of the US.