WASHINGTON — A strong economy needs bustling Main Streets and a thriving middle class, not just a healthy stock market, President Obama said in paying tribute to the American worker.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama on Saturday outlined what he's done to help the middle class, a group he says has been squeezed the most during the recession.
He spoke of efforts to create jobs, make college more affordable, help the middle class build retirement nest eggs, cut taxes on these families and stop health insurance companies from refusing to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Labor Day is about more than grilling food and spending time with family and friends, Obama said.
"It's also a day to honor the American worker — to reaffirm our commitment to the great American middle class that has, for generations, made our economy the envy of the world," he said.
Towns cutting police departments to save
CLARKSTON, Mich. —A small town in Michigan has eliminated its police department as a way to save money.
The Oakland County sheriff's department began patrolling the village of Clarkston on Friday night.
Clarkston previously had a police chief, one full-time officer, eight part-time officers and some reservists. WDIV-TV and the Detroit Free Press report the community about 30 miles northwest of Detroit eliminated the positions as a part of budget cuts. The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce says about 1,000 people live in the community.
In California, the city of Maywood eliminated its police department earlier this year because of budget problems. Maywood is southeast of Los Angeles and has about 45,000 residents.