Presidential policies aim to tackle average Americans’ widening insecurity.
Both pick mainstream experts, but Obama’s are more interventionist.
A disconnect: Pocketbook well-being has fallen behind productivity gains.
Poverty has become more concentrated in the first half of this decade, says a report.
One reason: Wages aren't keeping up with price rises.
Studies show that the rich are getting a lot richer, the poor a little poorer. The middle class is slipping.
Two keys: Stabilize home values while keeping Wall Street calm, analysts say.