The middle or middling class in America is suffering. They pay exorbitant taxes in ratio to their income. They see that their cost of living is rising while their income is falling behind. Their rents, health insurance, & other necessities are becoming more & more expensive. Many can't afford even the necessities. What is becoming of the middle or middling class & HOW THE MIDDLE CLASS can be SAVED, even REVITALIZED? The middle class NEEDS HELP! I am concerned about the middle or middling class- we are THE BACKBONE of America! The middle or middling class as it is now known MUST RISE & FIGHT!
My personal opinion is the desire for money and the rise in greed have become so ubiquitous in our society that we have blinded ourselves to the truth of the fact that no matter how much we have, we'll always crave more. We'll always bemoan the fact that we can't afford more and we'll continually position ourselves to spend to the limit of our means in our pursuit of the unattainable goal of convincing others of our 'worth'.
The middle class is a bizarre mirage we have concocted which creates and alleviates fear, simultaneously. It also creates angst through belief that, somehow, we can vastly improve our lot and rise above 'middle class'. The truth is, the middle class is no more than the front line of defense for the 1 percent. We are the unwitting warriors protecting and funding the elites who want us to pay to protect their control over the rest of us.
It is absolutely greed that is causing such rants. If we look at what the middle class could purchase 50 years ago, comparing it to what it can purchase today, in terms of hours worked to make the purchase, we find that not only is nearly everything considerably cheaper but higher in quality as well.
Yet the demand for more is still there. It's called greed.
8 The expectation of an infinite amount of material goods.
Meanwhile, we keep focusing on the riches without, rather than the riches within.
Yes. We want more, more, more. However, to ensure growth of the economy we have to be convinced to purchase more, more, more.
We don't have to grow it ever larger and more. Just maintain it.
There might be a problem with "greatness"
Hi, Kathryn, don't you think this problem of "greatness" is like copying the millionaire status and trying to be one? A man or woman can be rich enough and live within the living wages. But why look for the extra? This is why gree entered the equation. Thank you.
I disagree. International publicly traded corporations must improve profit, consistently. There are certainly ways, other than growth, to improve profit but growth is a necessary part of it.
Hi, live to learn, profit is good whether from local, national, state or international level. That is why a business was set up initially. But here we are talking taking away 50% from a pay package, right? Could that be fair? What are the ways to improved the already reduced package of the middle class and others if any? Thank you.
@ wilderness & @ live to learn, good point. Why not live within one's means? Greed is something that destroys a person easily. It makes you ask for more and more, but you will never satisfied. If my next door neighbor is very rich or a millionaire, I would not envy or copy him. But I will take the significant step to learn a thing or two from him as to how to better or improve my lot intellectually or professionally. When Oliver "asks for more," he will not get it but less, and dissatisfaction. I hope I am a little clear here. Thank you.
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