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The Middle Class In America Is Being Wiped Out—Here Are 60 Facts That Prove It

1. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

2. As the middle class shrinks, more Americans than ever have been forced to become dependent on the federal government. Federal spending on welfare programs has reached nearly a trillion dollars a year, and that does not even count Social Security or Medicare. Welfare spending is now 16 times larger than when the “war on poverty” began.

3. Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

4. The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

5. The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by more than 15 million since the turn of the century.

6. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

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what is comfortable living?

Is it "comfortable living" to have to go out and get wood to build a fire when you are in pain (not in pain all the time, by all means, but when ill/in pain the fire still needs to be built)?

But, then, once the fire is built, and the house begins to warm up (too hard to get up and keep the fire going all night), there is comfort.

But would most Americans 'countenance' this? Would most Americans do it?

Is it "comfortable living" not to have any processed foods on hand, so that even when you are ill, you still have to prepare foods for yourself--

(one hand with a handkerchief on your nose, the other making the food?)--

What IS comfort?

Is it "comfortable living" to have to drive an ancient vehicle (no automatic)?

I am curious what any of the rest of *you* think about this?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I don't think it's about comfortable living.

I lived most of my life doing many of the things that you mentioned out of enjoyment, not necessity. I like being self sufficient. The amount of money in my bank account would not really change the way I did things and still do things.

The real problem is not that the middle class is losing its comfort, but that it is losing its influence and power. When it's simply the super poor and the super rich, who do you think will pull the strings?

I'm not against being rich. In fact, I want to have the right to get the same shot as everyone else at getting rich. Conversely, I don't want the rich to use their power and influence to keep other people from getting rich themselves.

we've always enjoyed being self-reliant, too--

but right now we can't afford not to be--

and that puts us in an awkward position with regards to our friends (mostly people at church) who would never even consider gathering wood to heat their homes and doing the work, people who can just turn up the heat and not worry about it.

It has been fine and FUN until recently when health problems (we're not getting younger) have pressed in.

But you are right; we are grateful to have this measure of independence, even though right now it would be nice to be able to 'rest' a little more--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

The poverty class is expanding, here's some facts you might know

1. When I said we're all gonna have to learn to share one bathroom that meant YOU GET OUT WHEN I SAY SO.

2. Breakfast. Crap oatmeal again?

3. Please baby start for me come on start up, CRAP!

4. Why isn't the gas gage calibrate in 32nds of a tank?

5. I just got to work and I'm already exhausted.

6. Do these people realise when they move their mouths all this noise comes out?

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There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Keynesian economics has failed us miserably...

...and we the people are complicit in this downward spiral as the majority of us have opted to vote along party lines. We ought to have taken the time to understand the problems that we face, identify the best solutions for fixing those problems and then elect men and women who will make the hard decisions rather than kick the can down the road.

We may no longer be able to stop the train in time before it heads over the cliff, but at least we can start to understand why we are where we are and then begin to make sure that the coming system reboot will lead us toward more freedom and less tyranny.  — via Young Americans for Liberty