Monday, August 12, 2013

Comrade Santorum says that workers are all the same.

There is no middle class in American according to former Senator Rick Santorum. "Don't use the term the other side uses. What does Barack Obama talk about all the time? The middle class," Santorum said at a fundraiser in Iowa. "Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That's Marxism talk."
He blathered on, "When Republicans get up and talk about middle class, we're buying into their rhetoric of dividing America. Stop it. There's no class in America. Call them on it." No word on how much this confused his middle class audience.
Where do you start with a guy this dumb? Saying everybody is exactly the same is MARXISM. Never mind that Santorum has always uses the term 'middle class' himself. He seems to think that when Democrats use the term 'middle class' that it's some sort of lower caste designation, you know like 'untouchables' or 'the 47%' also labeled by the Republicans as 'takers'. 
The question, is this classless society a new Republican meme, or just Santorum getting all frothy again? Has the 'middle class' ceased to be part of the Republican base, or do they think they can actually convince their brain dead followers that there is a country club pass waiting for them at the guard house of the gated community. The place behind high walls with armed guards that the people who aren't in the 'middle class' really do live.
The average High School graduate can hope to make close to $1 million in his lifetime. Somebody with a bachelor's degree can earn close to $2.5 million if they can find a job that still pays those wages, and they don't end up working at Best Buy. For somebody in the 'class' of people that Rick Santorum answers to, $2.5 m is the monthly expense account. 
He's right in the sense that the middle class is rapidly disappearing. For millions of Americans it happened suddenly: the job goes to China, the pension gets stolen gets by a Private Equity firm, and then they borrow to pay for expensive retraining to get a job they can't make a living on, and often this repeated 4 or 5 times. 
For most formerly Middle Class Americans the frog boiled slowly. Wages may have stayed the same while benefits were eliminated, but inflation has tripled the cost of everything over the past 30 years while many things that are needed to have a middle class lifestyle, like healthcare and college have gone from cheap to dearly expensive. The number of jobs per household has gone from 1.1 to close to two just to keep them at the dismal place they are at.
Median household income has declined to $45,000 per year when it should be $90,000 per year to claim the middle class share of productivity gains. This is the face of austerity, there is no middle class, everybody is poor. The 'poor folks' in the gated community just burn through a lifetime of income each month, because you know times are hard.   Twitter @BruceEnberg we're all equal on twitter comrade 


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