May 1 2012

Middle class dysphoria – What does the new American Dream look like? Inflated college tuition, lower home ownership rates, and compressed wages.

The American Dream was always tied to economic prosperity.  The ability to work and save for a respectable retirement seemed cornerstones to this vision of middle class success.  The idea that future generations would have it better seemed to also be part of this vision of economic prosperity.  The last two decades have seen a […]

Apr 14 2012

Low wage America and the working poor – US has one of the highest number of employees working in low wage jobs of high paying industrialized nations. 1 out of 4 Americans employed work in jobs that pay less than $10 per hour.

Low wage jobs have been a big part of the so-called recovery.  What they also signify is a more troublesome trend that continues to eat away at the middle class in this country.  I’ve noted that the per capita average income for Americans is $25,000 and many seem to be shocked when they hear how […]

Apr 5 2012

The phony economic deception machine – JP Morgan Chase CEO earns $23 million in 2011 while 2.7 million foreclosures are filed in the US. GDP at record levels but employment figures down by 5.3 million from their peak.

The US economic and political system is doing an excellent job sealing off opportunities for millions that aspire to be part of the middle class.  Many are starting to realize that the system is rigged in favor of large financial institutions and those with political connections.  The idea of raw success based on talent can […]

Mar 12 2012

The old get wealthier and the young get poorer.

This recession has been unmercifully brutal on younger Americans.  Many are entering the most difficult employment market in generations with a flood of low wage jobs saddled with record levels of student debt.  Many have never even witnessed how it is to live in a bull stock market.    Of course this is assuming they had […]

Mar 8 2012

How does an America with no middle class look like? Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects top two jobs for the next decade will pay roughly $20,000 a year. Approval rating of Congress at 10 percent. In comparison, Americans approved of BP’s handling of the Gulf oil crisis at a 16 percent rate.

A strong middle class has been at the core of what has been promoted as the American Dream.  How would America look like if the middle class simply vanished?  We may not need to wait too long at the current rate since we are quickly siphoning people off the middle class and throwing them into […]

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