If middle class Americans don't really lack for stuff, Krugman says, they certainly lack for time:

What we have is a situation in which American families have more stuff, but they have managed to afford that stuff only by being two-income families, with ever less family time — unlike their European counterparts, who have gained in shorter hours and vacations what they lost in stay-at-home wives.

Sorry, "family values" Republicans, but Krugman's example of getting gender equality and family time right? France.