Picks and Pans Review: It's the Middle Class, Stupid

updated 02/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

>They've been ignored, says Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in his new book. He shares ideas about how to change that. Plus some other stuff.

You talk a lot about the Baileys. Who are they? A fictional couple that represent the great middle class. They need help and no one's talking to them. My imaginary friends.

Are they like anyone we know? Maybe a straighter version of Peter and Lois on The Family Guy.

You have a "50% Solution" to help families like the Baileys. How would you, say, increase the number of college graduates by 50 percent? Make all college tuition deductible.

Cut childhood obesity by 50 percent? Put a small tax on junk-food ads to pay for ads telling kids why so many french fries aren't good for them.

Your old pal Al Gore is up for the Nobel Peace Prize. His persistence on global warming has changed the world. He'd have more fun winning the Oscar [for An Inconvenient Truth], but they'll probably serve Swedish meatballs both places.

You've been called the Democrats' Karl Rove... I hope I'm a little bit nicer.

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