Whenever I hear a politician, a newscaster, a pundit and even Thom Hartmann talk about solutions for our nation, they mostly seem to talk about how a certain issue will or will not affect the middle class.
Recent figures show that the lower class now consists of one half of the nation.
I understand why politicians and main stream media address their talking points to the middle class. The middle class has traditionally been the buffer between the upper and the lower class. The middle class gets enough goodies (until recently) to keep them in line and to help keep order so that the lower class will not demand their rights. Obviously, politicians need votes. There are many rich people (relative to others) and the lower class is so non-represented by the government that the lower class has given up voting in most cases. There is a race component, in this racist nation of ours...but, that is another topic.
And mainstream TV (millionaire) news people have to appeal to the demographics that their advertisers are targeting...sorry, business speak for: the middle class buys the garbage that advertisers push on the public with TV advertising, so the news casters are most interested in catching the attention of the middle class so that they will watch the commercials targeting them.
But, why does Thom, and some of the cooler pundits out there, address all of their comments to how things will affect the middle class? I'm guessing it is because they are and have always been in the middle class and probably only know middle class people. I get that, I grew up in the middle class, I was tempted by the middle class, I tried to be part of it and have since been kicked out after becoming a single parent.
I urge you Thom to start addressing your concerns and comments to the lower class too: you know, all the people in the working class and the poor people. We are over half of the nation now. Too many children live in our class. If Congress and TV commentators and pundits and lots of others started addressing the concerns of the poor/working class, we would see the middle class get some goodies too, so it is a win/win...well, except for the upper class that gets all of their wealth and position from the lower (working/poor) class.