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  • COLD ANGER – The Corporate U.S. Media Has Weaponized Against US…

    10/24/2016 9:23:48 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 30 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 24, 2016 | Sundance
    Donald Trump’s supporters are angry“, or “uneducated”, or “unenlightened”, or (Fill_In_The_Blank). So goes the latest round of media talking points as the election draws near. Meanwhile, don’t pay attention to that 25% increase in ObamaCare premiums you just received… look away,… look away… The corporate media narrative controllers are fully engaged. The gaslighting is extreme as the same entities utilize their microphones in a brutal attempt to create a self fulfilling prophecy. In essence, what they are really trying to save is themselves. However, the reality disconnect only solidifies their irrelevance. At this point, anyone still trying to convince us...
  • CBS News: Millionaire Clinton spotlights middle-class roots (LOL Alert)

    10/01/2016 4:13:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 30, 2016 | Hannah Fraser-Chanpong
    Hillary Clinton is a former First Lady, a former senator, and a former secretary of state. She is the Democratic nominee for president. But on Thursday, Clinton also gave herself another title: "a mom who works." "I loved what I did," Clinton wrote about her job as a lawyer in an op-ed. "And it was important to me to contribute to my family's finances, especially now that we were having a baby." Clinton recounted learning that the law firm where she worked before her daughter Chelsea was born didn't have a maternity leave policy. Clinton "decided to take matters into...
  • Asked to define the middle class, Hillary fails - drifts into miserable, meaningless, word salad

    09/30/2016 5:29:21 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/16 | Robert Laurie
    Cowardly Hillary Clinton has vowed, many, many, times, not to “raise taxes on the middle class.” The middle class, she’ll argue, must be protected, encouraged, nurtured, and grown. That’s super, but if you ask her to define the middle class, things tend not to go so well. In fact, it appears she doesn’t really know what she thinks the middle class actually is. Take a look at what happened when a reporter asked her for a concrete definition of Hillary’s favorite voting bloc:
  • Don't Blame "Baby Boomers" For Not Retiring - They Can't Afford To!

    09/27/2016 6:25:46 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 48 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 9/27/16 | Tyler Durden
    In business, the 80/20 rule states that 80% of your business will come from 20% of your customers. In an economy where more than 2/3rds of the growth rate is driven by consumption, an even bigger imbalance of the “have” and “have not’s” presents a major headwind.
  • The Dying Middle Class (Largest Theft in History)

    09/27/2016 6:30:47 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 126 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 9/27/16 | Tyler Durden
    Largest Theft in History As expected, Ms. Yellen smiled last week, announcing no change to the Fed’s extraordinary policies. For the last eight years, she has been aiding and abetting the largest theft in history.
  • Smear – Lie – Assault Hillary – worthless ‘middle class’ savior for America

    09/27/2016 3:17:16 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/27/16 | Dr. Laurie Roth
    No matter how awkward the debates may seem, never forget the truth for America’s sake Contrived and coached Hillary’s game on the first debate was to appear collected and together, with apparently, way too much bright red lipstick, while throwing ‘racist’ bombs regarding old lawsuits against Trump. The old lawsuit she brought up was deceitfully used to paint him a racist. Never mind the lawsuit had gathered up many companies and Trump in his innocence ended up paying zero. Hillary also tried to paint Trump as an unethical, non payer of business contacts, with one disgruntled former merchant sitting in...
  • Everyone thinks they are middle class: The false perceptions many Americans hold.

    09/26/2016 3:53:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    My Budget 360 ^ | presumably sometime in September 2016 | no byline
    In 1971 70% of Americans were middle class. A clear majority. Today the middle class is now a minority. It is interesting that within one generation we have pushed the middle class into minority status yet most people still think they are middle class when the data clearly states otherwise. This misperception is probably at the root of a lot of the political anger this year. If everyone is middle class and you are struggling, surely it is the system to blame. Forget about the cronyism on Wall Street and the deep capture of big money in D.C. – the...
  • Labor Day 2016

    09/05/2016 5:23:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-5-2016 | MOTUS
    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The strongest middle class the world has ever known was not built overnight.   Nor was it destroyed overnightIt was achieved by men and women who believed that living up to the promise of this Nation meant more than hoping for the best   it meant toiling in the day, working through the night, and proving that theirs was a future worth fighting for. Labor Day 2016 and we have nearly 95 million adult Americans out of the labor force. Thank you Obama!On Labor Day, we celebrate the grit and...
  • McKinsey: Income inequality: Why so many households are not advancing

    08/08/2016 6:22:15 PM PDT · by reardensteel · 16 replies
    McKinsey Global Institute ^ | August 2016 | McKinsey Global Institute
    ... I found it staggering that we have seen such an increase. To go from a world where about 2 percent of the people in the developed world were facing this problem to a world where somewhere between 25 percent and 50 percent of people in the developed world are no longer advancing is such a substantial step up. ... First of all, the rise of technology replacing jobs. We’ve seen this today. Remarkably, if you go back 500 years, there were monks who used to write out Bibles, whose jobs disappeared when the printing press came along. But what...
  • HILLARY CLINTON FINALLY TELLS THE TRUTH - Will Raise Taxes On The Middle Class. Sheeple Cheer!

    08/08/2016 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/04/16
    Hillary just can't keep the demon inside her in check can she?   Can't wait for the next screw up thing she says. Oh check out old Warren Buffett applauding her.  He is such a fraud.  
  • Kudlow: Donald Trump Is the middle-class growth candidate

    08/07/2016 12:21:39 PM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/6/2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Trump is the pro-growth candidate in this race. Hillary Clinton is the anti-growth candidate. Trump wants to expand national income and the economic pie. Clinton wants to redistribute income and shrink the pie. In past columns, I have equated Trump's tax-reduction plan to the JFK and Ronald Reagan tax cuts, which generated economic booms of roughly 5 percent growth per year. President Barack Obama, by comparison, has raised taxes, spending, and regulations, producing the worst recovery since World War II. And Clinton intends to follow in Obama's footsteps with a Bernie Sanders-like, left-wing policy mix. She is the Democrats' anti-JFK....
  • Hillary Clinton's plan to tax and wipe out the middle-class

    08/06/2016 10:52:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies Hillary Clinton plans to raise taxes for the workers the affluent and middle class. Pay roll taxes and national sales taxes for workers, Higher income taxes for the rest with the middle class bearing the brunt of these taxes. With commentary by Mike Savage Also get a load of some of the people who are gonna benefit the most from these new taxes, yokels, alcoholics, potheads, anarchists, thugs and crazies!
  • Hillary to Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    08/05/2016 6:52:51 AM PDT · by econjack · 40 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 8/4/2016 | Derpy Murdock
    Standing before am adoring crowd in Omaha on Monday, Hillary Rodham Clinton read from her teleprompter and shouted: “I’m telling you right now, we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class, and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class.”
  • We are going to raise taxes on the middle class!

    08/04/2016 6:10:33 AM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 31 replies
    The Dailywire ^ | August 3, 2016 | Robert Kraychik
    Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class' Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!” Presumably a slip...
  • Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'

    08/03/2016 4:47:03 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 105 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | August 3, 2016 | Robert Kraychik
    Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!”
  • WATCH: Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'

    08/03/2016 5:17:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 5/3/2016 | ROBERT KRAYCHIK
    Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!”
  • Should the Mainstream Middle Class Be Rescued or Made to Sink?

    08/02/2016 4:17:06 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    Mind of Corporate Stepsister | August 2 2016 | Corporate Stepsister
    This has been on my mind and chest for a long time and basically I want to get your views on this topic. Everyone says we need to save/rescue the mainstream middle class from oblivion and basically do what we can to bring jobs. To be honest, I'm all for letting the mainstream middle class sink or swim. I don't like how the mainstream whine about people on welfare being dependent on the government, but want the government to create laws and policies to protect their interests. They want student loans forgiven, but keep taking out massive loans for prestigious...
  • Reid: 'Make Sure the Middle Class Is Treated As Fairly As the Pentagon'

    06/08/2016 11:38:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2016 | 10:54 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Senate Democrats are putting the Republican-led Senate on notice: Don’t mess with the bipartisan budget deal if you want to pass appropriations bills. “Given the bipartisan agreement we struck last year, which is now the law of the country, we need to make sure that it’s followed this year also,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday. “And basically, what we’re talking about is to make sure the middle-class is treated as fairly as the Pentagon.” […] “The security of our nation…depends on more than bombs and bullets,” Reid said. “We understand how important military is and we support...
  • Washington’s Calculated Deception: Why America’s Middle Class Is In Long Term Decline Today

    05/24/2016 7:20:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | May 24, 2016 | Peter Ferrara
    America today has the proven resources to be the world’s number 1 producer of oil, number 1 producer of natural gas, and number 1 producer of coal. What is the policy of the Clinton/Obama Democrats flying under the flag of so-called “progressivism” today? Leave it in the ground!Their reason: if we continue to use the fossil fuel energy that powered the industrial revolution, life on the planet is going to fry, and we are all going to die. This is calculated deception, to justify vastly expanded government power and control, and a socialist takeover of American energy, which offers today...
  • Living on the Edge, From John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics

    05/15/2016 1:45:38 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 8 replies
    Thoughts from the Frontline - Newsletter from Mauldin Economics | 5-14-16 | John Mauldin
    Thoughts from the Frontline - Life on the Edge Mauldin Economics Today at 12:21 AM Thoughts from the Frontline Life on the Edge By John Mauldin | May 14, 2016 Protected vs. Unprotected Middle Class Shame Permanent Damage Inflation Lives Abu Dhabi, Raleigh, SIC, and New York “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ...
  • Pew: Middle class really is eroding

    05/14/2016 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot ^ | May 14, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    The rich get richer, the poor get poorer … but what happens to the middle class? It depends, according to a new study this week from Pew. In some metropolitan areas, the middle class move into the richer category, while in others it declines into the poorer. However, Pew’s research makes it clear that the middle class is narrowing: The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee. From 2000 to 2014 the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the...
  • Pew Research Analysis Shows Middle Class Is Losing Ground

    05/14/2016 5:31:25 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 May 2016
    A new study released on May 11 by the Pew Research Center indicates that middle-class Americans are losing ground as a share of the population, especially in metropolitan areas. Pew’s analysis was based on its study of U.S. government statistics found in the 2014 American Community Survey and the 2000 Decennial Census. During the period bracketed by those two surveys, the percentage of Americans whom Pew would classify as “middle class” fell in 203 of the 229 metropolitan areas in the United States. The decrease in the middle-class share measured six percentage points or more in 53 metropolitan areas, compared...
  • Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major US cities

    05/12/2016 4:43:34 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | May 11, 2016 | Christopher s. Rugaber
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. In nearly one-quarter of metro areas, middle-class adults no longer make up a majority, the Pew analysis found. That's up from fewer than 10 percent of metro areas in 2000. Pew defines the middle class as households with incomes between two-thirds of median income and twice the median, adjusted for household size...
  • German middle class ‘shrinking as rapidly as USA’s’

    05/09/2016 4:26:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 09 May 2016 12:09 GMT+02:00
    The middle classes in Germany and the USA are both in sharp decline, while top earners on both sides of the pond reap the rewards, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research shows. The number of Germans counted as belonging to the middle classes sank by six percent between 1991 and 2013, the study released on Friday found. The trend in the Federal Republic closely matches a similar drop seen in the USA over the same period. While in Germany people from all migrant backgrounds were most likely to have fallen out of this income group, in the...
  • The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

    05/06/2016 7:06:55 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 33 replies
    UC Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures ^ | 6/2007 | Elizabeth Warren
    Distinguished law scholar Elizabeth Warren teaches contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law at Harvard Law School. She is an outspoken critic of America's credit economy, which she has linked to the continuing rise in bankruptcy among the middle-class. Series: "UC Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures" [6/2007] [Public Affairs] [Business] [Show ID: 12620]
  • US suicide rate rises sharply, especially among middle-aged whites

    04/22/2016 6:26:35 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 100 replies
    FoxNews (Health) ^ | April 22, 2016 | AP
    Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows. Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 percent in 15 years, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicides have long been most common among white people — particularly older white males. But most striking in the new report is the growth in whites ages 45 to 64. They were a third of suicide deaths in 2014, up from about a quarter in 1999. "The findings in this...
  • Cruz Plan: VATs Help Trade but Invite Corruption [aw!m vanity]

    04/04/2016 6:38:51 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 15 replies
    Cruz addresses a major reason for our trade deficit. However ... If something confuses people? It invites corruption. A handy rule of thumb in government. Are VATs confusing? Very. ~~~ Even explaining a VAT* is tough because there are many different kinds. Some alleged VATs aren't even VATs according to many. But I'll break it down into two categories: 1. A good VAT. 2. A bad VAT. ~~~ A Good VAT Senator Cruz proposes 'turning the tables' on Europe and other nations which are sneaking money back to corporations which give them jobs. In the nutshell, a good 'VAT' is...
  • The Great Divide: the Death of the Middle Class

    04/02/2016 8:31:45 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies ^ | 30 March 2016 | Jeff Nielson
    Several months ago, a chart produced by one of the Big Banks was presented to readers . It was supposed to be innocuous data on global wealth distribution, but instead portrayed a horrifying picture. The focal point of the aforementioned article was that when it came to “the world’s poorest people,” the Corrupt West has now produced a greater percentage of severe poverty in its own populations than in India, and an equal percentage of such poverty as exists in Africa. Stacked beside this, we see that when it comes to the richest-of-the-rich, the Corrupt West remains in a league...
  • Establishment “Conservatives” attacking Middle Class American Patriots

    03/26/2016 9:18:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/26/16 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Members of the White middle class, American patriots that continue to sustain the values of our country, have been attacked for years by the “conservative” establishment. They have discovered that there is no difference in ideology between the Republican and Democrat hierarchy; that the elites of both parties lie continually to the citizenry. They have come to realize that the political landscape consists of corporate entities and Soros-like billionaires, shaping the future of our nation contrary to the wishes of the electorate. Congress itself is composed of a self-styled nobility, convinced that the American people should be permitted to offer...
  • Here's how America's middle class stacks up against the rest of the world's

    03/20/2016 10:55:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider iva the Motley Fool ^ | 03/20/2016 | Sean Williams
    The middle class may be the foundation upon which the United States was built, but a number of recent studies suggest the working class is being left in the dust. A study from the Pew Research Center in December showed that middle-class Americans are no longer in the majority. Whereas in 1971 middle class Americans totaled 80 million, and lower- and upper-income classes combined equated to 51.6 million, the 2015 data looks far different. As of last year, 120.8 million adults were in the middle class ßß but this figure now takes a back seat to the 121.3 million combined...
  • Ted Cruz in Cape Girardeau For Rally, Press Conference

    03/12/2016 9:35:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    KVFS ^ | March 12, 2016
    Ted Cruz in Cape Girardeau For Rally, Press Conference March 11th 2016, Doors opened at 4 p.m. and the rally began a little after 5 p.m. Hundreds of people lined up around the block just to get in, and some were turned away after they were unable to get tickets. During a rally, Cruz stressed religious freedom, and received standing ovations for his view on repealing the new health care laws and on second amendment rights. Those who attended the rally said these speaking events are important when it comes to choosing your candidate. "It's nice to be able to...
  • The Geography of Trumpism

    03/12/2016 11:32:20 AM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 12, 2016 | NEIL IRWIN and JOSH KATZ
    The Geography of Trumpism NEIL IRWIN and JOSH KATZ MARCH 12, 2016 When the Census Bureau asks Americans about their ancestors, some respondents don’t give a standard answer like “English” or “German.” Instead, they simply answer “American.” The places with high concentrations of these self-described Americans turn out to be the places Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has performed the strongest. This connection and others emerged in an analysis of the geography of Trumpism. To see what conditions prime a place to support Mr. Trump for the presidency, we compared hundreds of demographic and economic variables from census data, along with...
  • These are the 10 best cities for the middle class

    03/07/2016 7:48:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/07/2016 | Beth Braverman, The Fiscal Times
    Listen to the stump speech of any 2016 presidential hopeful and you’ll hear right away about how hard it is for today’s middle class. A report issued last year by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline found that the middle class shrank in all 50 states between 2000 and 2013, and median income, adjusted for inflation, was lower at the end of 2013 in the vast majority of states than in 2000. However, the ability to live comfortably on a middle class income varies greatly based on where you live. A new report by California’s Chapman University crunched the numbers to...
  • The American Dream Is Dead, And Now Even The Mainstream Media Is Starting To Admit It

    02/11/2016 1:30:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/11/2016 | Michael Snyder
    >Are you living “the American Dream”? If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate, because most Americans are not. In fact, as you will see below, a new survey has found that there is nowhere on the entire planet where the average wage earner is making enough money to live “the American Dream”. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class makes up a minority of the population, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year,...
  • The Debate on Whether America’s Best Days Are Past, or Ahead

    01/19/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Bewitched," even "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented. But life, over all, did not look that different. There were TVs and radios in most homes. Millions of people worked in downtown offices and lived in suburbs, connected by multilane highways. Americans' average life expectancy at birth was 70, only eight years less than it...
  • The middle-class struggle is real, and it's getting harder

    01/15/2016 8:19:36 AM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    MSN News ^ | Jan 15, 2016 | Chris Metinko
    People often say being the middle child is hard. Well, according to most Americans, it also is getting hard to be in the middle class. While a whopping 88% of Americans view themselves as being in the middle class, 80% say it is harder being in the middle class today than it was just 25 years ago. "The American middle class is not weakened or weakening-it is weak," said Patrick Inglis, an assistant professor of sociology at Grinnell College. "Even the idea of it is weak. The middle class no longer can rely on the kind of job security that...
  • The Fed Should Let Middle-Class Workers Prosper

    01/09/2016 11:09:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 9, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    The Dow Jones lost over 1,000 points this week. It's down 9 percent over the past year. The broader S&P 500 also got clobbered, and is down 7 percent in the past year. What's going on? Is the world coming to an end? Is it 2008 all over again? Will the U.S. import recession from a falling Chinese yuan? Are hard-working middle-class wage earners about to drive up the inflation rate? No, no, no, and no. First up, the drop in the Chinese currency is about 6 percent since last August and the offshore (Hong Kong) yuan has fallen 7.5...
  • How Is the Economy Doing? It May Depend on Your Party, and $1

    01/02/2016 1:27:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Neil Irwin
    Suppose it is dinnertime, and the phone rings. It is a polite survey taker with a simple question for you: How is the economy doing? You might answer the question based upon the news stories you've seen recently about the latest unemployment rate, or perhaps based on anecdotal observations, such as whether your long-jobless cousin has had any luck finding work. But a wide range of academic work suggests a different factor that is likely to shape your answer: whether the current occupant of the White House is of your preferred political party. Did unemployment get better or worse during...
  • Bernie Sanders: Let’s face it, I can appeal to Trump's voters

    12/28/2015 3:33:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Hot ^ | December 28, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Preposterous. They’re nothing alike. Sanders is an unorthodox Democrat who supports universal health care and trade protectionism but also tighter borders and stronger gun rights than most liberals do. Trump, on the other hand, is … wait a sec. Hmmm. Where was I going with this again? The strangest thing: I've met a number of Trump rally attendees who say their top two are Trump and Sanders. Seriously. Or in reverse.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) December 28, 2015 We’re in a weird place when Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are both competing to be the second choice of another guy’s base,...
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Middle Class: Perhaps Just 1/3 of Households Qualify

    12/28/2015 8:39:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 12/28/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    If it takes more than $126,000 to fund a qualitatively defined middle class lifestyle, what sense does it even make to call this "middle"?The Pew Research Center's recent report The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground: No longer the majority and falling behind financially made a media splash, as it reported that less than 50% of adults are members of the Great American Middle Class. My analysis suggests that by more qualitative measures, no more than a third of U.S. households qualify as middle class: claiming 49% of the nation's households are still middle class is a gross exaggeration. My analysis starts with the minimum...
  • Sayonara Middle Class: 22 Stunning Pieces Of Evidence That Show The Middle Class In America Is Dying

    12/14/2015 8:16:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    EAD ^ | 12/14/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Once upon a time, middle class households took home 62 percent of all income in America. Today, that number has dropped to just 43 percent. This is just one of the absolutely astounding statistics that you will read about in this article. Over the years, the middle class in America has been in steady decline. Our incomes have been going down, our net worth has been going down, the quality of our jobs has been going down, and yet the cost of living just keeps going up. As a result of all of these factors, more Americans are living in...
  • America’s Middle Class Is No Longer the Majority

    12/10/2015 7:15:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/10/2015 | By JANET ADAMY
    The middle class is no longer the majority in America. That’s the finding of a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday detailing how incomes and wealth have changed in the U.S. over more than four decades. There were 120.8 million adults in middle-income households in early 2015, compared with 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined. It’s the first year since the nonpartisan research entity began tracking this data around 1970 that the latter total dwarfed the middle-income figure. Pew dubbed this a possible tipping point in the long erosion of the U.S. middle class, but in reality the...
  • The Tipping Point: Most Americans No Longer Are Middle Class

    12/09/2015 3:04:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 09 Dec 2015 | Marilyn Geewax
    Americans have long lived in a nation made up primarily of middle-class families, neither rich nor poor, but comfortable enough.This year, that changed, according to the Pew Research Center.A just-released analysis of government data shows that as of 2015, middle-income households have become the minority. The trend is so firmly established that it may well continue; Americans have experienced "a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point," Pew researchers concluded Wednesday.Thanks to factory closings and other economic factors, the country now has 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households, the study found. That compares with the 121.3 million who...
  • Poll: Trump 36, Cruz 16, Carson 14, Rubio 12; Update: Flawed(So Says the MSM)?

    12/04/2015 2:09:09 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | December 4, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lots of celebrating by Trump fans and despairing by Trump critics on social media today over this poll. It’s December, notes Philip Klein, and this guy’s now fully 20 points ahead nationally. And not only does he have a big lead, his lead’s gotten bigger: He’s up nine points since CNN last surveyed the country, thanks mainly to the decline of Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. His overall average in RCP’s tracker has now reached a new high of 30.8 percent. Trump critics have been sitting in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin, i.e. Trump’s supposedly inevitable slide...
  • The Privileged vs. the White Working Class

    11/10/2015 7:26:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/10/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Truck drivers, trappers, farmers don't rate in the eyes of our elites. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, co-authored by a Nobel laureate, revealed a spiraling death rate since 1999 of Americans described as middle-aged (45 to 54), middle/working-class (without a college degree) whites (apparently self-identified as such). That is not supposed to happen to sizable demographic groups in our postmodern societies. The regression to shortened lifespans is more akin to the trend in the old Soviet Union than in the United States. The supposed culprits are inordinate use of alcohol and drugs (both legal and...
  • Why Inequality Is the Democrats’ Dilemma

    10/24/2015 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 14, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Strike up a conversation with any taxi cab driver or any fry cook at a roadside diner and the word “inequality” is unlikely to ever come up. That’s not on the list of top concerns for middle class America. It’s also not on the list of concerns for the world’s poor. Millions of people are willing to risk life and limb just to come here and start out at the bottom of the income ladder.(Don’t the immigrants realize how unequal things are? Yes, they want to live in a country where a poor immigrant can become a billionaire.)So why is...
  • Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

    10/21/2015 7:55:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    EAD ^ | 10/21/2015 | Michael Snyder
    We just got more evidence that the middle class in America is dying. According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year. Let that number sink in for a moment. You can’t support a middle class family in America today on just $2,500 a month – especially after taxes are taken out. And yet more than half of all workers in this country make less than that each month. In order to have a thriving middle class, you have got...
  • Poverty pimps owe middle class $22 trillion in reparations

    10/01/2015 8:38:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/1/15 | M. Catharine Evans and Ann Kane
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump's newly released tax plan is putting the plight of the middle class in the spotlight. On Sunday, Trump told CBS News anchor Scott Pelley his tax plan is "a substantial reduction for the middle-income people ... [b]ecause our middle class, Scott, is being absolutely decimated." The decline of the middle class has been going on for over 50 years, and no politician, pundit, or media outlet has focused on it sufficiently.Who are the poverty pimps?Any politicians who have ever voted for legislation that took money out of Americans’ pockets and put it in failed programs in...
  • Ruminations on the 2016 Election

    09/27/2015 1:07:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Z Man ^ | September 22, 2015 | The Z Man
    There’s an old chestnut about how a frog in water that is very slowly heated will not jump out. Instead it will remain in the water and be boiled alive. This is most likely untrue as frogs are not as stupid as people, but the metaphor is often used to describe how cultures can evolve in terrible directions. Anyone over the age of 40 understands this because they can think back to their childhood, seeing how things have changed, for good and ill. A better example of this is the immigration crisis in Europe. Over the last few decades, European...
  • The Middle-Class Squeeze

    09/26/2015 7:14:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Sept 2015 | Charles Moore
    If Western countries want to disprove the dire forecasts of Karl Marx, we must think creatively about how to make the middle class more prosperous and secure Go back, for a moment, nearly 30 years. In March 1987, Margaret Thatcher visited Mikhail Gorbachev, the reforming leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in Moscow. Sitting in the Kremlin, the two argued for hours. At one point, Mr. Gorbachev accused Mrs. Thatcher of leading the party of the “haves” and of fooling the people about who really controlled the levers of power. The Iron Lady had an answer: “I...