It seems like the middle class just can’t get a break these days. Housing prices are plummeting, the job market is stagnant, and all anyone in Congress seems to care about these days is making sure that the wealthy don’t lose their tax breaks.
It’s almost like if you want someone to pay attention to you, you need to call yourself a small business. Then at least you could probably get some Republican presidential candidates to drop by and do a photo op.
But it’s not just a feeling — Politico notes that although all the politicians say they are trying to woo the middle class, no one is actually proposing any bills that benefit them anymore. Christian groups have finally come in to lobby Obama to remind him that the budget needs to protect more than just the richest of Americans. Teachers are organizing to remind Congress that at some point there is a new generation who needs to be educated in order to become productive members of society, and education funding has fallen to the wayside.
The middle class is willing to help out. A new National Journal poll shows their greatest concern in the debt ceiling debate is cuts to entitlement programs versus seeing their own taxes raised. But how long can they be expected to bear the burden alone?
Eventually, someone had better start paying attention. The meltdown of phones and websites for Congressmembers in the past 36 hours shows that the middle class is paying attention to this debate — and they don’t like what they are seeing.
These voters are going to show up in droves in 2012. The only real question is going to be who are they showing up for?
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