Why America Must Revive Its Middle Class

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Why America Must Revive Its Middle Class
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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 12:44pm

History repeating itself. This article says it all IMO.

http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,2095573-1,00.html

 


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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 12:11am
I was with you right up to the "envy wealth" comment. There was no explanation given of why things changed. In fact, there didn't use to be as huge a gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" of the U.S.

In case you hadn't noticed, history is rife with examples of true "class warfare" when substantial sectors of a country are so poor and so numerous that their ire constitutes a threat which can only be repressed through force.

Detest byproducts of industrialization?! You mean pollution which kills fowl and fish, taints the air and poisons soil? "Cultural"? I think not! Only shortsighted fools or those who can afford to move away from it, would relish the prospect of a ruined environment.

I am absolutely NOT NOT NOT buying the continued attempt to extort deregulation.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 5:43pm
Just an aside...I think you need to investigate the 'why' regarding the Boeing South Carolina plant. I don't necessarily always agree with unions (many times I feel that they want too much), but this was done to break the bargaining power of union workers, and that isn't right either.

 nwtreehugger  

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Sat, 10-29-2011 - 1:25pm

Corporations, and the rich who own and run them, don't want a strong middle class. Middle class workers expect fair wages, benefits, safe working conditions. All those things that were fought for many years ago. And a society that takes care of its own, with needed social programs. Shipping jobs overseas to pay starvation wages in 3rd world countries who are grateful for the work and don't restrict pollution, is a way to break the back of the middle class. And we then import this crap and think we are doing great saving all that $$$ by shopping at Walmart, who abuses it's own employees with its low wages, and benefits. :| We are sinking into the haves and have nots. It's going to get worse as the jockeying for power and money in our gov't continues. The goal is to strangle the middle class and push it down by controlling and eliminating employment. Just seems that way to me...


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Gypsy

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 10:22pm
The majority of the poor today live better than the rich of a generation or so ago. We have greater prosperity of the human condition than at any point in our history.

The middle class, existed when people could get good paying jobs, have job security, price stability and retirement with a high school diploma and one member of the family (usually the father) employed.

Our culture has changed, we don't produce or value production of real things anymore. We envy wealth. We culturally detest most of the byproducts inherent in industrial production. Our culture disdains those who have vocations as opposed to professions.

The guy who cleans our septic tank isn't well regarded, but the woman with a degree in art who sells homes next door is. I doubt this can or will change, we no longer value real work or real production.

We value farmville, twitter, facebook, and a thousand other distractions.

Even Boeing can't build new factories in the U.S. as our NLRB will tell them it's being established in the wrong place or the right type of workers (union) aren't being hired.

We can't create a middle class, where there are so many workplace rules, where industry is disdained, and a billion dollar (or more) investment can be stopped by the government long after the money is spent and workers are hired.
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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 11:00am

There are some "For sale by owner" signs around here. I figure they're in trouble.

One house I know was foreclosed because the bank wouldn't refinance. An electrician recently did work for us & said he'd done work for these people. It makes me sad to have seen the work these people had put into their new home & now it stands empty.

On "Morning Joe", this morning, a republican senator was complaining about regulations on energy businesses, how it was stifling growth, hiring & such, at the same time the 'worm' at the bottom of the screen was stating some oil company had made record profits. Ironic.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 5:14pm

It's here too. There are so many foreclosures in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. I went out a road that I haven't been down in years, recently. There are huge, beautiful "McMansions" sitting out there empty, with weeds 4 feet tall around them, being vandalized and falling to blight, among gorgoues, well manicured



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Registered: 04-07-2002
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 2:52pm
We're seeing that more & more around here too. Who's going to support our country if the middle class 'disappears'? Who's going to buy the products that the mega-corps produce overseas to sell here? How can our economy ever recover if there's just basically the 'rich' & the poor? Just blows my mind.

 nwtreehugger  

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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 10:49am

 


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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 12:56pm

Shifting Responsibility
How 50 Years of Tax Cuts
Benefited the Wealthiest Americans

http://wealthforcommongood.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ShiftingResponsibility.pdf

 


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