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Sayonara Middle Class: 22 Stunning Pieces Of Evidence That Show The Middle Class In America Is Dying

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Uncle Sam - Public DomainOnce upon a time, middle class households took home 62 percent of all income in America. Today, that number has dropped to just 43 percent. This is just one of the absolutely astounding statistics that you will read about in this article. Over the years, the middle class in America has been in steady decline. Our incomes have been going down, our net worth has been going down, the quality of our jobs has been going down, and yet the cost of living just keeps going up. As a result of all of these factors, more Americans are living in poverty today than ever before, and dependence on the government has exploded to unprecedented levels.

But of course it doesn’t take a genius to figure any of this out. In fact, politicians of all stripes are saying the exact same thing during this election season…

Bernie Sanders says it is in the midst of “a 40-year decline.” Jeb Bush says it is “shrinking.” Ted Cruz says it is “headed in the wrong direction.” And Hillary Clinton says the “basic bargain” that hard work could move families into the middle class “has eroded.”

Sadly, when we send these politicians to Washington D.C. they just continue on with business as usual. No matter who resides in the White House and no matter who controls Congress, the game remains the same and the middle class just continues to suffer. The following are 22 cold, hard pieces of evidence that show that the middle class in America is dying…

#1 This week we learned that for the first time ever recorded, middle class Americans make up a minority of the population. But back in 1971, 61 percent of all Americans lived in middle class households.

#2 According to the Pew Research Center, the median income of middle class households declined by 4 percent from 2000 to 2014.

#3 The Pew Research Center has also found that median wealth for middle class households dropped by an astounding 28 percent between 2001 and 2013.

#4 In 1970, the middle class took home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plummeted to just 43 percent.

#5 There are still 900,000 fewer middle class jobs in America than there were when the last recession began, but our population has gotten significantly larger since that time.

#6 According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#7 For the poorest 20 percent of all Americans, median household wealth declined from negative 905 dollars in 2000 to negative 6,029 dollars in 2011.

#8 A recent nationwide survey discovered that 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

#9 At this point, the U.S. only ranks 19th in the world when it comes to median wealth per adult.

#10 Traditionally, entrepreneurship has been one of the engines that has fueled the growth of the middle class in the United States, but today the level of entrepreneurship in this country is sitting at an all-time low.

#11 If you can believe it, the 20 wealthiest people in this country now have more money than the poorest 152 million Americans combined.

#12 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

#13 If you have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket, that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of all Americans.

#14 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

#16 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month, and nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#17 In 2007, about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.

#18 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day. That number has doubled since 1996.

#19 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#20 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

#21 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

#22 The median net worth of families in the United States was $137, 955 in 2007. Today, it is just $82,756.

The wealth of U.S. families increased from 1983 to 2007, fell sharply since
That last number really stunned me.

According to Pew Research, the median net worth of U.S. families has fallen by more than $55,000 since 2007.

That sure doesn’t sound like an “economic recovery” to me.

I think that everyone can agree that we have a major problem on our hands.

So what is the solution?

Well, in order to have a healthy middle class, we need to have an economy that produces lots of middle class jobs and lots of thriving small businesses. But in America today, our small businesses are being strangled out of existence by mountains of red tape and excessive taxation, and millions of middle class jobs have been shipped out of the country to other nations where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

Until we start doing things differently, we are going to continue to get the same results that we have been getting, and the middle class will just keep getting smaller and smaller and smaller.

The middle class is now a minority in this country. How much worse do things have to get before we say that enough is enough? Are we just going to stand on the sidelines and watch the middle class disappear entirely?

At one time, the United States had the most vibrant middle class the world had ever seen. We were the envy of the rest of the planet, and people all over the world wanted to come here and live out “the American Dream”.

Unfortunately, “the American Dream” is now dying, and most Americans don’t seem to care.

What in the world is it going to take for people to finally wake up and start taking action?

  • Opiner

    There are a lot of discussions these days concerning the
    upcoming presidential elections next year.
    Discussions include: the Economy, Government Regulations, Gun Control,
    Immigration, Taxes, Entitlement Programs, Abortion, Health Care, Budget,
    National Debt, Crime, Education, Free Trade, etc… Whether Democrat or Republican originated,
    and where it concerns the issues above, it’s all smoke and mirrors.

    First, the President doesn’t have that much power. Among the things they can do: They appoint
    Cabinet Members for the Executive Departments (Agriculture, Defense, Education,
    Energy, etc…). They appoint heads of
    Federal Offices. They are the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and make
    decisions concerning military actions. They appoint Supreme Court members if a
    position becomes available. They issue Executive Orders for Federal Rules and
    Regulations usually in emergency situations or in the last years of their
    presidency. They have persuasive
    influence over public opinion on actions that Congress (House and Senate) may
    vote on. They have the power to pardon and give amnesty to individuals or
    groups. They can call up the National
    Guard in disasters.

    Second, It’s Congress – the House of Representative and
    Senators that have the power to make changes in our laws and regulations. They are the ones to propose and pass bills
    that change the things listed above in the 1st paragraph. The
    President can veto proposed issues that come up to him, but, Congress can vote
    to override and pass those anyway if desired.

    Third, the Republicans have had control of the Senate since
    Nov 2014 and the House since Nov 2010.
    They probably will have control of Congress until 2022. Republicans also have the majority control of
    the State Legislatures and Governorships.

    My question is… Where’s the reduction in spending, National
    Debt, abortions, less gun control, government regulations, lower taxes,
    etc…? Shouldn’t they be legislating laws
    to sway those things listed in the 1st paragraph? As a disclaimer, I am neither Democrat nor
    Republican (I used to be a registered Republican). I’m just trying to make a point. Political promises are just banter.

  • Robert

    Take action? What actions Michael? Specifics. Vote? So what? Votes do not count. Conservative congressmen make no difference. A conservative president makes no difference. Globalization rules. Our debt mess has enslaved us to China.
    What would you have people do if they wake up?

    • afchief

      Get right with God! Give your life to Jesus Christ. With out Him, there is NO hope!

      • 322kj

        Stop buying foreign products. If it does not say made in USA, go to another store!

        • merrileerj

          Maybe 40 years ago this would work, but too little, too late.

          • 322kj

            If you don’t try to buy made in USA then you’re part of the problem.

      • JEFFREY

        … yes and vote for Trump !

    • merrileerj

      So many are stunned that Trump is still doing so well in the polls….it’s not, I believe, that so many are deranged, but rather so so sick of business as usual in Washington. Even when we vote for a favorite runner & he wins, nothing changes. Nothing. Even if he’s not corrupt yet, he has to fight everyone else for what is right & he can’t win.

      • JEFFREY

        … you said it yourself bro ; VOTE FOR TRUMP !

    • JEFFREY

      Robert … VOTE TRUMP !

    • nekksys

      1) Find your faith – You have to have a strong faith in order to stand for what you think is right. As one wise man once said, “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.” Through faith, we find conviction to what we believe is moral; through those convictions, we find strength to stand in their defense.

      2) Arm yourself – You can not hope to keep what’s yours if you aren’t armed to protect your stuff, your family and yourself. Get a variety of weaponry as well. Get a bow, an atlatl, spears, blowguns, rifles, pistols, ANYTHING!

      3) TRAIN! TRAIN! TRAIN! – All the arms in the world are useless if you don’t know how to use them. Whatever weapons you get, learn to use them all and to the best of your ability. Develop the skill to be able to pick up any weapon and use it like a boss.

      4) Get in a group – Find like minded people who will stand beside you when called to action. The lone wolf can survive for a while. A group can watch over each other and survive MUCH longer.

      5) Become (more) self-sufficient – Learn to do for yourself, to do it all WITHOUT money when and where possible and with whatever resources are at hand. Knowing how to make necessities, preserve food and build shelters used to be common knowledge. Those skills need to make a return.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…and millions of middle class jobs have been shipped out of the country to other nations where it is legal to pay slave labor wages….”

    AND lack of environmental laws

    • Robert (qslv)

      G.V. is correct in that the liberals had to find a way to reverse Black population growth to limit welfare spending in the U.S. Hence the Supreme Court decision. Unfortunately, whatever money was saved got spent on Democrat wars, bailing out failed banks and bankrupt corporations ” Too big to fail”.

      • Gay Veteran

        I fixed your sentence: Unfortunately, whatever money was saved got spent on Democrat AND Republican wars, bailing out failed banks and bankrupt corporations

        • Jean-Marie Hendricks

          Well thank God for the Bully Gay Veteran! I mean what would we do if we couldn’t come here and have our intelligence insulted by the gloriously tolerant Gay agenda pushing, socialist butt licking likes of the Gay Veteran. I mean, really, we would just be sooooo lost without you! Sarcasm off!

          • Gay Veteran

            do I “bully” you? then grow a spine, snowflake.

            didn’t insult your intelligence, you haven’t shown any.

            tolerant? nope, I do not tolerate BS.

            and socialist? ROFLOL, is that the best you got???

            butt licking? did you get excited typing that, little Jeannie?

  • Gay Veteran

    just think how bad the economy would be if there had not been Roe. v. Wade, more massive poverty, more massive suffering, more massive child abuse, etc.

  • DJohn1

    It is no coincidence that Unionism in this country has steadily declined over the last 50-60 years to the point that industry has defeated the working person.
    It is the Democrat agenda to ruin the middle class.
    So if the Republicans are for the rich, then who is fighting for the poor?
    Specifically Obamacare could not have come at a worse time in American history. Telling the almost poor that they have no choice but have expensive premiums and health insurance was an incredibly bad thing. Deductables without competition? The insurance industry must be proud of these Democrats.
    It is eating into net income big time. And there are no jobs to negotiate wages. The negotiators are gone.
    The trade agreements with nations that are exceptionally poor with very low wages compared with the United States makes it even worse. The jobs are gone.
    The carrot for working class people is gone. No longer does this country make working worth while.
    If you can lose in 4 weeks everything you ever earned in the last 40 years because health care is not covered here then why work for 40 years and save anything in the way of wealth? It does not make sense.
    You want answers? There are no good answers out there.
    My comment is a mixed bag. On the one hand we all need good health coverage the same as they have elsewhere.
    On the other it is too expensive.
    The only way I know around that is to have a universal plan covering everyone everywhere. And every one has to have decent premiums for it to work. The insurance industry does not want that.
    If we are in a world market without restrictions then we have to change the rules. Because right now the rules do not work in our favor.
    Our currency is over rated. We have an exchange that does not work.
    We have a lot of rules that apply here but do not apply in other countries giving them an unfair advantage in things like building cars.
    When it is cheaper to ship goods 5,000 miles or more and out compete our industry then something is very wrong.
    When we are going to use our armed forces to protect the free world and not so free world, then something is wrong if it is free.
    We give away millions abroad in the foreign aid program.
    Yet we have representatives saying we cannot afford social security for all these people coming of age for it.
    I say charity starts at home not abroad.
    And this is not charity.
    They are perfectly willing to give some poor person 800 dollars a month to live on. Then if they get into a nursing home they will spend 4-8 thousand a month on them. Hello? Is anyone out there think something is wrong?
    The United States idea of things appears to be very messed up.
    But what do you expect?
    We are at fault. We have turned the Congress into a rich person’s club. They in turn service the corporations. Does anyone else think that might be a bad idea?
    I was there when the national labor board ignored law and helped destroy the working class of this country under Reagan and Bush.
    Well, now we are going to reap the harvest.
    That harvest is a terrible inbalance against the working poor.
    And most of us are poor whether we know it or not.
    We have a class war going on. That class war is against the very rich in this country and the rich have won!
    We can only go so far in eliminating all the customers for all the retail goods out there. Without a working middle class, the country is bankrupt.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Hey morons. Don’t waste your money on Starbucks, SUVs, big screen tvs and especially don’t send it to those tv evangelists.
    Whether you are rich or poor is up to you and you alone.

    • kierandsouza

      I would add: Morons, don’t elect presidents who start wars for whatever bullshit reasons because they feed the military industrial complex at the cost to you taxpayers. Hillary shouldn’t be a presidential candidate, should be in jail. Tell Trump you don’t appreciate his AIPAC craven speeches

  • 322kj

    The Muslims pouring in sometimes have a 2-1 birth rate compared to other groups. But then I guess they have to because of all the killing.

    • Michael McNew

      Ironic the average Christian leader is worthless as they no longer teach from the Bible in reference to the advantages of larger families. You suppose these leaders prefer the congregations to have only one or two kids so they have more disposable income to donate to their churches rather than having congregations with three or more kids and the pastor only getting enough donations to afford a regular car and modest home?

  • Whatsmyname2

    People are brainwashed. I met a man today who told me people are generally good, so don’t worry about what is wrong, just relax and enjoy nature and enjoy life. Yeah sure, then in the next breath he was bashing liberals for wanting something without working. You know what? Liberals care about the poor and about the worker and about everyone having a minimum standard of living.

    I think fascism has crept in and taken over. People are afraid to say anything about the rich just taking it all and leaving everyone else in the dust. They don’t want to sound mean or get in trouble. That is not American. Americans fought against tyranny. Now they just want to look the other way as tyranny takes it all again.

    • barry oldwater

      Democrats don’t care about the poor, they appease them only so they will vote for them, someone has lied to you. What is your definition of rich, how much money does someone have to have before you hate them? Nothing stops the poor from bettering their lives except handouts, why should a poor person join the millitary to learn a trade or money for an education when handouts ( subsidized housing, health care, food, cell phone and public transportation) are so abundant from the left, why not join job core and learn a skill, because the left makes sure that the poor can subsist just fine without bettering themselves. On “Adam ruins everything”Adam talks about how poor kids don’t get decent meals during the summer when school is out, why, food stamps are set at what it cost to feed a kid at home three times a day for a month not while they are eating two meals at school one at home, but it never is adjusted to compensate for the free or reduced meals they receive outside the home, bottom line, lousy parents not bettering themselves by using what resources are available to them, and in this instance affecting their kids by their lack of motivation induced by a nanny state that takes care of everything so they don’t have to.

      • Whatsmyname2

        You are the one who sounds hateful, so don’t project on me. I didn’t say I hate anyone, and I am not blaming people for their problems. People like you take the cake for lack of empathy, not only do you NOT have compassion for the poor, you blame and then even despise them for their troubles. You can peddle your new age Nazi notions elsewhere, I am not buying them.

  • Guest

    Majority of the problems in this country are not economic related. The problem are constitutionally related. Even if we have “jobs” created they still earn unconstitutional debt instruments….aka federal reserve notes. I’ve studied law for a couple of years, and according to the constitution our money is null and void because of the supremacy clause (article 6, paragraph 2). Also because we do not have a currency based on gold or silver, no American can pay off a debt. (article 1, section 10). And this federal reserve system is unconstitutional because of article 1 section 8. Unfortunately majority of Americans believe this counterfeit money is real money. That’s our first major problem.
    Second problem is these unconstitutional wars. The last time a war was congressionally approved was WW2. People tell me I’m unpatriotic because I don’t support the missions (I am specific that it’s not the military servicemen/women that I have an issue with, it’s the actual war I don’t support) How can our military be fighting for our freedoms, when the government has violated the very document that enshrines those freedoms? Conflict of interest I believe.
    Thirdly is all these illegitimate laws that our government tries to pass. A great example is Kate Davis. When did the supreme court have the constitutional power to pass laws? 9th grade civics, but majority of Americans didn’t pay attention in this class. Also, this current government tries to turn rights into privledges by requiring licenses. Concealed carry, marriage, owning a dog! The supreme court ruling Murdock vs Pennsylvania clearly says this is unconstitutional to turn a right into a priveledge.

    I like to read Michael’s posts, but I feel there are more complex underlying issues that more effect this country’s future.

    • Whatsmyname2

      I don’t know why we need so many licenses just to do ordinary things. It is like in Nazi Germany when they needed licenses to own radios or bicycles. It just makes everything you do seem like a privilege instead of a right. The fact that you need so many licenses to run a business is just another hindrance to free enterprise. A lot of these licenses aren’t cheap, making owning a business inaccessible to lower income people.

    • nekksys

      There’s more to it than even what you listed.

      I do agree our currency is invalid and therefore worthless. For those reading this who may not know, there’s a huge difference between “currency” and “money.” Currency is money’s ghost; a mere representative of money’s value but having no value in itself. Money is some valued, tangible commodity.

      If our nation would rise up, seize control of our government again and return to the freedoms and liberties we enjoyed when this nation was founded, we would all be far better off than we are now.

  • Hank

    Take power back from the Feds and shut down Central Banks for starters.
    It`s the greedy elites that are fleecing America because they have Washington in their pockets. So Washington is selling America out because all they want is to get rich and have Americans under their control.
    As the founders warned.. Central banks and centralized power will destroy the Republic.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    “Unfortunately, “the American Dream” is now dying, and most Americans don’t seem to care. What in the world is it going to take for people to finally wake up and start taking action?”

    Mike, you found the crux of the problem right there: action is not taken. The country’s culture adopted the radical’s philosophy of “all-or-nothing / you give it to me / I want it easy”. This is very immature, infantile, and unsustainable as a personal philosophy; more-so as an economic methodology.

    One also sees this in science: there’s no working definition of what is institutionally scientific apart from easy tautological statements wrongly molded into a theory without empirical evidence. That’s not science. We see this in Darwinian Evolution and it’s many offshoots, Climate Change Theory (if that’s what it’s still called), Eugenics, etc.

    One finds this philosophy in their politics all the time. No solutions; that requires work. Name calling and labeling is easy and causes the other person harm to get the childish person their way. It’s playground politics.

    America will be restored, Mike. The adults are going to manage things again. Those with wealth want more wealthy folks: it’s in their best interest to have a large community of like-minded individuals. Frugality, provident living, industry are coming back in some circles. The old wisdom of “Use it up; wear it out. Build it strong; build it stout. Make do; or do without” is trending again! Trust in the Lord, Our God and work honestly.

  • merrileerj

    If you try to fix anything today (?) you get “silenced”.

  • HumbleAmerican

    Rich, Middle Class, and Poor, is determined by the tool used to separate humans. This tool, created by mankind, is currency. What would the world be like without currency? Is there currency in the place called heaven? If there is, I do not want to go there. Seems mankind chooses to grow out, instead of growing up.

  • JEFFREY

    … the middle class developed after world war 2 threw the war machine , G I bill , and unions . We rose to prosperity ; but in our new found comfort we lost site of the fight it took by God to obtain this level ! We were lead to take it all for granted as the powers that be undermined us to bring it all back to subservient levels . “Reganonmics” was the last straw as his deregulation policies pilfered our prosperity to the level it is today ! Big money rules and I doubt we can do anything other to get in line if and when the time comes …

  • Mistanick

    Until we start doing things differently, we are going to continue to get the same results that we have been getting, and the middle class will just keep getting smaller and smaller and smaller.

    What in the world is it going to take for people to finally wake up and start taking action?

    Michael, and everyone, too little too late is the response. The answer lies with fighting back against globalist agenda’s that are pre-determined for us by elite interests that took control while we were sleeping.

    Twenty years ago, there were some journalists who went to the conferences at the UN sponsored events and reported on the scheme to decrease the USA to a third world country while working to inflate other states to a higher standard. To do so, one had to decrease for another to increase. The USA was the ideal match to decrease, and that is the path we are in today.

    Michael, to your question, what do we do?

    Revolution and push back against EVERY elected official who subscribes to UN Agenda 21 plans, from “smart growth” plans to “regionalism” that takes away control from communities and hands it to regional un-elected government agencies who do the bidding for the globalists.

    Until we can wrap our arms around this concept, the battle will continue to be lost.

  • Gay Veteran

    yeah, MILLIONS of American jobs were shipped overseas and having more kids is the solution /sarc/

  • TR

    Not all, but most poverty is self generated. Often the result of poor choices and impulsive actions. We are our worst offenders. We expect so much to soon. We blame the system, we blame our parents, we blame others. We compare ourselves with what others have and then measure our contentment on erroneous conclusions. We are foolish and shortsighted. To justify our guilt, we play victims and wander in a cycle of desparation. By the time we realize our condition, we are so far into it, we’re trapped.
    but…there is anot her way.