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Middle Class Aided Its Own Decline
Rasmussen Reports ^ | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | Froma Harrop

Posted on 01/11/2012 12:43:36 AM PST by raygun

This was the Year of the Middle Class -- as in, its falling incomes, loss of job security and anger. The global economic forces fueling the decline, such as foreign competition and computers, have been well reported. But what about cultural factors? Is the middle class going down partly because it stopped acting middle class?

For those who remember the American middle's golden era of 40 years ago -- or see it reconstructed on TV dramas -- the cultural losses are pretty shocking. The middle managers in "Mad Men" returned to orderly homes with tidy children, even as their personal lives spun into chaos. While comfortable, their houses were modest by today's McMansion standards. That's because they were living within their means.

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To: Jonty30

“Since I have to spell it out, I actually hold the American voter most responsible for it, because politicians ultimately do what the voters want.”

Sadly this is no longer true.

To overturn the will of the people they will:

Find a compliant judge to throw the law out.

Redouble propaganda efforts.

Ignore the law or minimally enforce the law.

Change the Demographics of the state or country.

Create another problem or crisis to divert the attention of the people.

Sometimes the people win, but in the long run not very often.

41 posted on 01/11/2012 8:11:40 AM PST by desertfreedom765
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To: Outlaw Woman
You make me sick to my stomach.....

.....because your words ring true to my heart but, we knew it was coming.

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."

Interesting times indeed.

42 posted on 01/11/2012 3:20:13 PM PST by houeto
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To: Jonty30

As Shakespeare pointed out it’s called “bread and circuses” or in today’s language “fat and happy”.

They just don’t pay attention because, frankly, they are mostly too stupid. Besides, American Idol starts up again soon.

43 posted on 01/11/2012 3:24:47 PM PST by Fledermaus (A snow ball in hell has a better chance of surviving than Ron Paulyp in the primaries.)
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To: Fledermaus

For sure.

We should make a point of asking those, if they prefer stupid tv, and feed those that do to the crocodiles first.

44 posted on 01/11/2012 5:24:45 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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