"The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class" by Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry argues that the stagnant middle class is a "myth." They are wrong. The truth is the middle class is not only stagnant but it is my fear that, without sustained and focused action, it is at risk of disappearing.
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.
If Mitt Romney is the nominee, the stark difference between a president who cares for all Americans and a candidate whose life has demonstrated his disregard for common people will be prominently illustrated.
It's time to start making those struggling to meet basic needs more visible. Then maybe people might start to realize how well-off they are, and be willing to sacrifice a greater part of their discretionary income in taxes.
America's problem is that it doesn't want to pay for what it wants. We pay big bucks for the stuff that makes us happy. We pay only pennies publicly for common goods, and then whine about how many pennies it's costing.
The culture war waged by Republican revolutionaries is grounded in 19th century gender, race and class divisions, as well as nativism that perpetuated fear of immigrants and derided social justice movements.