The Shrinking Middle Class

Liberals and Progressives love to rant and whine about America’s shrinking middle class. This is actually quite logical since they’re focus has always been to garner votes from the proletariat and their methodology has always been to vilify the bourgeoisie.

There is, however, a reason why these goals and techniques consistently fail to work in America. America’s middle class, despite Leftist interference, is shrinking more due to upward mobility than downward spiraling.

Shrinking Middle Class
The Shrinking Middle Class

In the 44 years leading up to 2015 the percentage of adults in the middle class has shrunk from 61% to 50%, a drop of 18%. However, during the same period the percentage of adult Americans who are in the upper middle and highest echelons has risen a combined 7%, whereas the numbers in the lowest class have risen only 4%.

It seems to me that America needs to reject and cast off the Liberals’ and Progressives’ shibboleth of the “shrinking middle class” rather than allowing them to play games with people’s lives and livelihoods.

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Summing Up The Problem

Summing up the problem in America is actually quite simple. Just read the opening paragraph from this New Times article:

COLUMBUS, Ohio President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the closing week of the campaign in an exceedingly narrow race, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, with more voters now viewing Mr. Romney as a stronger leader on the economy and Mr. Obama as a better guardian of the middle class.

The rest of the article is meritless. What is important is that it’s first paragraph distills one of America’s greatest problems down to a concise nugget. People can believe that Romney is the best choice as POTUS for our economy and still believe that reelecting Obama would be a better choice for the middle class.

The inherent schism and conflict in that thought process can only be explained in a couple of ways:

  • The middle class is utterly divorced from the economy at large and is nothing but an artificial construct maintained through government intervention or;
  • The economy is quintessentially combative in nature, with the middle class being pitted against the others in a war for limited and non-renewable resources

As neither of these conditions are true, the belief by some large percentage of the residents of America that one or the other of them is serious problem. It’s the sort of problem that is going to keep us repeating the same bad economic policies and class warfare that we’ve had to endure for the last four years.

Terminating Obama’s employment, while right and necessary for our country’s future, won’t guarantee even a short-term palliative treatment for the problem either. This is a fundamental problem that transcend party lines and socioeconomic strata.

The election of Romney, while a hoped for event, is quite likely to trigger a backlash against Obama’s redistributive policies that is as equally based on these misconceptions of the middle class. That’s not going to solve anything in the long run.

Summing up the problem is easy, though neither as easy nor as obvious as it should be, fixing it is going to bloody difficult.

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