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“WAR ON THE POOR CLASS”
With so much talk on the middle class during any election year – what happens to be every year – people are caught in a fog. The fog is the rhetoric to scare everyone into talking about the middle class. You’ll see headlines such as, “The war on the middle.” “The middle class is fading away.” “The middle class is suffering.” Need I go on with the headlines you’ll find on all forms of media? I can name a few more headlines. “The destruction of the middle class.” “Where is the help for the middle class?” There’s more. You can try to make some up, but you can’t, because it’s all out there.
Obama was the only one to mention the working poor back in 2008. That was a new term; so new that he had to explain it. Then he caught heat for bringing it up. Think about that will you. Obama caught heat from paid media for bringing up people working. I voted for Obama twice. Once to piss people off and it was my second time voting, so I might as well vote for blue. I voted for him again, because Romney was THAT bad. You know, the same reason you’ll vote for EITHER 2016 candidate, and not the one person who isn’t like any of them and their yes-men V.P. picks. They all either skip over the middle class, or mention it for a quick pop from the people that blindly listens faithfully.
The talk on the middle class is all we hear about and yet, nothing on the working poor. You know, those citizens working one or more jobs; making minimum wage. The working poor are purposely criminally neglected by the citizens, state officials, and congress, the paid media and social media. Mentioning this group of people a few times a year is not going to cut it. I, for one, don’t care about the ills of the middle class. If they are having financial problems, it is their fault. They need to stop living beyond their means, and cut back on their accustomed lifestyles, while lending aid to those financially suffering by voting for wage increases, just as much as middle class level job growth. Just hang in there with me and let me explain my position.
Just 20 years ago, the middle class were people who made 30 to 60 thousand a year. It’s changed. After minimum wage rose minimally, other prices inflated. Today, middle class begins at 36 thousand, and ends at 78 to 90 thousand. Ok wait, I just checked to see if what I thought back in 2013 still held. It’s not 36K to 90K, but 42K to 125K. When people who are barely scraping by, listen to middle class people talk, you can see them holding back the rage, the desire to verbally lash out at them. It’s because unnecessary differences in living conditions. While poor people talk about bills, lack of food, splurging with risk just to get out of the house for a change, the middle class person’s suffering is based on if the gardener will arrive on time, or how long one of their two or three cars will be in the shop.
This makes the divide between the two classes much like the divide anywhere else in the country. The middle class don’t think about the problems of the working poor, and usually writes them off as lazy people who don’t want to further their education to get ahead. The working poor writes the middle class off as people with no empathy, no remorse, and fully detached from reality. The unspoken difference is the working poor makes too little money to live within any means, while the middle class live outside of their means; trying to compete with neighbors or fit in with the upper class, who view the middle class, just the same as the middle class view the lower class.
We need to stop talking about saving the middle class because they don’t offer anything to helping society improve as a whole. People tend to not be able to see the divided class unless it’s people hanging out on street corners or the side of a shop or fast food restaurant, compared to people who are constantly casually dressed or in a suit, and driving a new car, or at least, leasing one. You can see it in neighborhoods of moderate to poor grass, copy-cat homes and nearly demilitarized driveways. You can compare that to small or large yards, fair to great lawns, and medium to large homes that look as clean on the outside as they do on the inside.
I don’t have anything personally against the middle class. Let that be known, and let it be known, that I do, however, have a problem with politicians overlooking the backbone of every business as if they are bugs to rid their home of. In business, you can see the three class tiers. Go into any business of any level and you’ll see it. The lower class is the grunt workers such as servers, secretaries, table cleaners, and warehouse labor. The middle class will be the managers, head managers and assistance managers. This will include district managers and the like. The upper classes are the people you rarely see, who come in, and the managers greet, the same way that the grunt works greet the managers.
We desperately need to push the grunt worker pay into that of the middle class without inflation of all products to maximize profits from the pay increase. That is how you solve tons of problems and multi-faceted divides amongst the people. That can’t happen unless we change our perspective on classism, get the right people into business, let the abusive corporations implode from their own greed, and elect progressive and green party candidates to every seat we can. This is how you restore power to the people, not power to the dollar. The dollar should be something we all use, not something we all need.
We don’t need to save the middle class. They are just fine. We need to save the lower class, end corruption; remove golden parachutes from anyone who claims too big to fail, and force strict regulations on banks, while ending territories for internet providers, and big business. We need to band together and in this case, we can do that by simply voting progressive and green party, while starting business and hiring for a larger wage, and end the need to maximize profits. It’s not dreamy, it’s reality. We had it before. We can have it again.
There was a point in time when we almost had it perfectly. Corporations were taxed 90%, and incapable to sending any job overseas, and it was mandatory for corporation growth to reflect within job growth. It didn’t solve every financial problem, but it at least made it so we didn’t have to fight new, nearly irresolvable problems before tackling the most basic of circumstances. This, was when the will of the people had a say in politics. Now, money has the same rights as a sentient citizen and it’s not your grunt level money. It’s big money. Money you’ll never see, because the wealthy don’t want you to have it, and the middle class can’t find a problem with you being poor, so long as you don’t bother them.
Thank you for reading.
What tier are you residing within?