Why would anybody ever vote Democrat again after this information?^DJI,^GSPC,SPY,MCD,WMT,XRT,DIA The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking. Here Are the Stats to Prove it "the globalism and "free trade" that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn't tell us that the "global economy" would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough. Here are the statistics to prove it: • 83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people. • 61 percent of Americans "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007. • 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans. • 36 percent of Americans say that they don't contribute anything to retirement savings. • A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement. • 24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year. • Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008. • Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975. • For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together. • In 1950, the ratio of the average executive's paycheck to the average worker's paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one. • As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets. • The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth. • Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008. • In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector. • The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America's corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago. • In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks. • More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying. • or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011. • This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour. • Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 20 years. • Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009. • The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income. Giant Sucking Sound The reality is that no matter how smart, how strong, how educated or how hard working American workers are, they just cannot compete with people who are desperate to put in 10 to 12 hour days at less than a dollar an hour on the other side of the world. After all, what corporation in their right mind is going to pay an American worker 10 times more (plus benefits) to do the same job? The world is fundamentally changing. Wealth and power are rapidly becoming concentrated at the top and the big global corporations are making massive amounts of money. Meanwhile, the American middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence as U.S. workers are slowly being merged into the new "global" labor pool. " Umm, hey guys, that was CLINTON who signed NAFTA. Not Reagan, not Bush. Try to keep up, OK? Steve, you sure are right, look at the answers before yours. Amazing the powers of denial on the left. That Guy, I gave the source at the beginning of the quote.

Asked By: gws35 - 7/26/2010
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Im sure ignorant stubborn liberals will still since they deny everything even when faced with facts
Answered By: Steve - 7/26/2010
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Of course. Didn't bother to read your propaganda rant... More
Answered By: Yellow Go Lightly - 7/26/2010
Because it's the result of many years of GOP rule and Corporatist policy, not in the past 18 months. What a joke! GOP Congress 1994-2006 Bush POTUS 2001-2008 The stats make me want to STAY AWAY from the GOP almost forever, now. And I voted Bush 2 times.
Answered By: FLSwampBoy - 7/26/2010
Just a little while ago a liberal posted the exact same stats and used them as a basis of accusing Republicans of destroying the middle class. The partisan bickering continues, ... yawn.
Answered By: Mark - 7/26/2010
I can't believe you asked that. The shrinking of the middle class is something we liberals have been screaming about for years. UNBELIEVABLE! And remember when you shop at WalMart you're taken away an American job. We Americans pay a high price for cheap goods.
Answered By: Gee Wally - 7/26/2010
After the damage the republicans have done in recent history , I wonder why people even voted republican during the past several elections... More
Answered By: Nancy - 7/26/2010
After reading that I'm curious as to why anyone would vote Republican... More
Answered By: spidergoat2 - 7/26/2010
Have you even bothered to read your own rant ... especially the last two points ... isn't that the great Republican dream ... to make the rich even richer ... !
Answered By: SERENAZ - 7/26/2010
I didn't plan on it anyways, even without this information! Intersting info though, thanks for sharing. The Democrats want to make the middle and working classes poor by taxing them to death and giving it to the bottom classes that do not work at all, leaving only the elites with any wealth. Sure, the Republicans do... More
Answered By: Disco Stu - 7/26/2010
I'm still going to vote Republican, but still, where are your sources? I don't believe half of these statistics.
Answered By: That Guy - 7/26/2010
The politicians have come to believe that they are our masters rather than our servants. They are out of control. It's time to vote ALL of them out of office. We need to have a "REMOVE INCUMBENT" option on the ballot.
Answered By: Muledancer - 7/26/2010
If this really bothered you, you would never vote for another Republican or especially a Libertarian candidate again... More
Answered By: S O - 7/26/2010
You are blaming the Democrats for the distribution of wealth? You must live in bizzaro world.
Answered By: David H - 7/26/2010
The answer is not FOR Democrats but against Republicans... More
Answered By: PeguinBackPacker - 7/26/2010
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