Republicans are the Party of the Rich. Democrats now fashion ourselves the Party of the "Middle Class." Can anyone think of a group left with no champion? Here's a hint: 20% of Americans with a full time job are getting paid so little that their family of four is still living in poverty.
Mitt Romney says he's not concerned about the very poor because they have safety nets to protect them. He says he's concerned about the middle class. Romney doesn't seem to realize how much of the middle class is becoming poor.
It is fashionable in political circles today to say that speeches don't matter much. While I have a high degree of skepticism about politicians, and know painfully well how often they fall short of their words, I am of a different view.
Amid all the discussion about "Middle Class Tax Cuts" and the "War on the Middle Class," there has been little attention paid to the puzzling fact that Americans still do not have a hard and fast definition for middle class.
Media voices perpetuate these myths of the impoverished wealthy, in part, because many media voices are themselves wealthy -- and there's no more powerful class solidarity than that which exists among the rich.
The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.
"My father had that job before me. I took over for him. So when I had to pack everything up and send it overseas, I was packing up equipment my father had used. We were packing up a community's way of life."