Wednesday, July 23, 2008

America's Middle Class Can't Take Much More Punishment

Whether we like it or not, America is in the midst of revolutionary economic changes that are crushing the middle class. Employment, even dual employment, is no longer any kind of barrier against poverty. Not economic discomfort, mind you, but actual poverty. Meaning, having less than you need to eat and live in heated shelter -- forgetting entirely about health care and dentistry, which has long ceased to be considered an automatic component of American middle-class life.

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