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Rodney Roe

Actually, I think of working poor as thouse with a job that will bring in enough income to pay the rent, buy food and gas, but not enough to also buy health insurance. Middle class includes healthcare provided by your employer or paid for personally.
The latter don't want to pay the increased taxes necessary to take care of the former. I hope the tide of public opinion has shifted since the Clinton's campaigned for national healthcare in the first years of Bill's administration.
Having a granddaughter who has the kind of condition generally considered 'catastrophic' has only hardened my resolve to get the Democrats in office and then hold their feet to the fire to make them live up to their campaign promises.

Rowan

I would love for your definitions to be accurate. Unfortunately, I think they are changing...and quickly. The middle class are finding themselves unable to afford the rising cost of health care. The working poor don't even stand a chance.

It's all very depressing.

Rowan

Here's an interesting article I found.

I don't normally like USAToday, but this one caught my eye.

Rodney Roe

I don't think this is a matter of semantics. It seems that there has been a redistribution of wealth in the U.S. with many of the working poor sliding into poverty, and many of the middle class becoming the working poor. At the same time the fraction of a percent that makes up the wealthy have become increasingly wealthy. I don't want to seem like a conspiracy theorist, but the export of jobs out of the country, combined with the hemmorrhage of Mexicans and Central Americans across the border, has created a labor glut, which makes it possible for industry to hire mostly part time labor for whom they don't pay benefits. The ultimate outcome will be a two class system in which 1% are very wealthy and the rest are in poverty. I guess, if I'm going to rant I need to get my own blog,huh? :-)

Rowan

You're right. It's not about semantics.

It's interesting that by seeking third world employees, the companies are creating a third world country here.

Remember when we all thought flex time was wonderful and women working outside of the house was empowering?

Now you can't find a full time job and women often don't have a choice, but to work.


Your own blog...now there's an idea.

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