"middle class americans"
the median income for a family of four in this country is less than $50k (7% less than its peak 18 years ago) meaning that fully half of american families are getting by on less than that. almost a third of those unfortunates getting by on less than that are actually beneath the arbitrary "poverty line" of $22k, which sadly and coincidentally also represents almost a full 20% of american children. so is this the "middle" elizabeth so eloquently espouses? isn't it actually now truthfully best described as the "lower"?
ah, but there's the political rub. if we say "lower", we're to be accused of "class warfare" aren't we. (yes, with apologies to tony for my snarky comments, the republicans surely are worse on this one).
but that's the long and the short of it. income inequality has ballooned to such extremes that americans previous usefully referred to as "middle class" have slipped in enormous numbers to de facto "lower class" status, and are barely getting by. republicans are even spitefully claiming that these americans are no longer pulling their own weight and something has to be done about it, since these must-be-lazy people have fallen beneath federal guidelines for income tax payments, even though they're faithfully paying their fica and medicare/medicaid and unemployment and all their other payroll taxes just like always. yes, republicans are claiming they ought to be taxed more highly so to spare the wealthiest americans having to give back their tax breaks which cause them to pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes as people making a tiny fraction of their income. you just can't make this shit up.
so can we please stop the madness, and fairly discuss what's going on?
elizabeth, i appreciate your needing to phrase it that way, but, let's be honest--there's no "middle class" anymore. scott brown, if you get it, you'll need to better distance yourself from your party platform or you and your pickup truck are going to be sent packing. everybody else, i know it's not fair that nobody in the media is paying any attention to you anymore now that they've settled on giving us only the scott vs. liz option, but perhaps if you get it too, you can say something meaningful that will help us understand the best way forward.
elizabeth isn't wrong. (if only she wasn't attaching herself to a party machine proven to have no interest in righting things).