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Jobs & Technology - It's one of the factors. There are

different factors to account for it. But that technology, i.e. machines, replace jobs formerly done by people isn't something that can be denied. Furthermore, the Internet has in many cases done away with the "middle man," that middle-man (store owners) having been part of formerly employed "middle America." In terms of taxes, while I wouldn't argue that there is government waste, as the recent Romney "gaffe" pointed out, an awful lot of Americans don't pay taxes - and as Romney didn't point out, much of that is because Americans are unemployed, unable to find jobs; underemployed; or simply low-wage earners.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
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