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8 Things the Middle Class Can't Afford Anymore

Society & Culture  (tags: wages, income, poverty, vacations, health care, college, cars, loans )

- 1173 days ago -
Middle class benefits are being revoked in the name of affordability. Because of several factors including stagnant wages, rising costs, and politics, being a member of the American middle class is quickly losing what little prestige it has remaining.


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Animae C (507)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 8:14 pm
So sad, many on the list are essentials like health & dental care.

Thanx Freya

Sue H (7)
Saturday December 5, 2015, 11:34 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 11:54 am
Really sad...wonder if the American dreams can ever be realized again--doesn't appear so. thx Freya

Mike H (252)
Sunday December 6, 2015, 10:22 pm
Obama wants this nation to be less affluent. it's probably better for the planet anyway.

Debra Phillips (77)
Monday December 7, 2015, 3:09 am
Pretty cheesy list, except for medical care. Here are the things the American Middle Class (or what USED TO BE the American Middle Class) can no longer afford:
1) Health Care 2) Dental care 3) A used vehicle that actually runs and is actually safe and road worthy 4) Electricity 5) Heat 6) Water and sewer 7) Many can no longer afford housing of any kind 8)Decent food, not day old bread and white rice for nearly every meal. THIS is a far more realistic list. Fortunately, (?????) my family has finally fell far enough through the donut hole to start getting help with some of these things. It is humbling but very appreciated. The middle class no longer exists in this country. It's just the 1%ers and the rest of us.

Joanna M (139)
Monday December 7, 2015, 7:18 am

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Monday December 7, 2015, 8:22 am
basic needs we can't afford.

Janis K (129)
Monday December 7, 2015, 10:29 am
Thanks for sharing.

Christeen A (299)
Monday December 7, 2015, 12:32 pm
The title says it all.

Vlasta M (7)
Monday December 7, 2015, 12:34 pm
Obama wants to destroy America a and introduce sharia tro muzzle the truth about his Muslim Brotherhood.

Anne F (17)
Monday December 7, 2015, 12:51 pm
seems strange that folks feel they can't leave work for a vacation while others are out of work - bosses need to give way: weekends and vacations are important, so hire another hand

Janet B (0)
Monday December 7, 2015, 12:57 pm

Melania Padilla (123)
Monday December 7, 2015, 1:18 pm
But, you know what I find curious, that even though this may be true, more people are buying more stuff. You can see it at first hand; I see it here in my country. And that is contributing to the environment's degradation, the US has given us damn "culture": consumerism :(
And you can see that in several Latin American countries too, such a shame!!

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 7, 2015, 1:55 pm
They buy "small stuff" because they can't buy what they need, like a new car, dental care, medical, as it's so far out of their reach. Buying "stuff" like a new CD tends to be a temporary "feel good" but it doesn't last long when the car breaks down and the tooth starts to ache.

Birgit W (160)
Monday December 7, 2015, 2:39 pm
Dandelion says it all. Thanks.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 7, 2015, 3:02 pm
Oh yes, meant to say, couldn't really read article kept having some pop up that wanted me to sign in.

Terre P (0)
Monday December 7, 2015, 3:03 pm
Many of these things are not necessities, but we've been conditioned to believe we need them. Why can't we be conditioned to need/demand a livable wage? Affordable housing? Sufficient food? Decent education?

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Monday December 7, 2015, 6:07 pm
Thank you

Roslyn M (30)
Monday December 7, 2015, 6:45 pm
Noted - I don't think it's a matter of the middle class holding on to prestige, as much not needing a rich & poor society again.

Kerrie G (116)
Monday December 7, 2015, 11:20 pm
A lot of people can't afford dental care here in Australia!

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 6:28 am

Janis K (129)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 7:44 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 8:33 am
Exactly. Still bad economy, college graduates that can't get a job in what they went to school for, middle thirties age daughter working 3 jobs to pay her own way but doesn't have enough for insurance so she is penalized while others stay home on welfare and get it for free. Sorry this system isn't good.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 8:35 am
I have issue with helping the truly poor but when the working poor are trying to make their own way and not asking for handouts get penalized something is drastically wrong with that picture.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 8:35 am
I said that wrong, I do not have issues with helping the truly poor, however there are so many who are not trying to help their self that want handouts.

Kamia T (89)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 5:48 pm
Only eight? How about 8 million things. There really isn't much of a middle class anymore here in the U.S. anymore. Maybe in other countries where the standard of living keeps improving. But here the elite are making sure that no one is doing well very successfully.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 18, 2016, 3:21 am
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