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  •  I'm sick of hearing about the middle class. (0+ / 0-)

    No one cares about the working class. No one cares about the poor.

    The working class - blue and white collar - are about 70% of this country. The poor are about 20%. The middle class are about 9%. The wealthy, as we know, are about 1%.

    The only thing I care about the middle class is their spending, which drives the economy. They can afford NEW cars, kitchen appliance "updates" and the latest and greatest in home entertainment technology, etc. Bully for them. We need their spending, I'll admit.

    But where was your middle class when working class jobs were being outsourced and programs for the poor were being slashed? Voting in favor of just these things.

    First they came for the Jews
     and I did not speak out
     because I was not a Jew.
     Then they came for the Communists
     and I did not speak out
     because I was not a Communist.
     Then they came for the trade unionists
     and I did not speak out
     because I was not a trade unionist.
     Then they came for me
     and there was no one left
     to speak out for me.

           -Martin Niemoller

    The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. -Ezra Klein

    by bubbajim on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:35:42 PM PST

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    •  Everyone has different definitions (0+ / 0-)

      of "middle class"...the one people are using now encompasses what used to be called "working class"...what you're calling "middle class" is what most people consider rich or near-rich. It is true that Obama's limitation on tax increases is rather broad in its definition of "middle class" as including many in the top 5% (only the top 2% being rich enough to have their taxes raised).

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:01:30 PM PST

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