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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why America's Middle Class needs help

"Last year, a typical American household had an income of $51,017. The last year it was at that level was 1989 - meaning that America's middle class is making the same amount today as they did 25 years ago."   --Bill Moyers, American journalist and political commentator.


Here are some of the most poignant statistics from the site:
  • Percentage drop in average real income per family since 2007: 8.3
  • The median net worth of a family in 2010: $77,300  and in 2007: $126,400
  • Percentage of Americans that are unemployed/underemployed rate: 14
  • Number of states in which poverty rates rose between 2007 and 2010: 46
  • Approximate poverty rate from 2009 to 2012: 15
  • The last time it remained at or above 15 percent for three years running: 1965

So do you think our Congress would be working on these issues?

Oh, heck no.

Jobs bill?  Infrastructure bill?  Either one?

Heck no.

Instead they vote 42 times to overturn legislation aimed at helping the nation afford health care and push for regulating women's reproductive rights, among other things.

All this from the political party that says they're for the country, for the nation.

Clearly not.

1 comment:

Cisco said...

No mention on how Washington hasn't seen any decline? That wages there grew by nearly 25%. If you're looking for answers maybe you should start there.