I searched the archives in an attempt to locate the "ultimate" middle class thread.....to no avail. We have enjoyed threads that touched on different aspects of middle class, as a topic. But no real thread that just explores that subject.
The politicians (of all stripes) carry on with endless comments about their plans, their proposals, their change.....and how those things will help the middle class. Seems that the definition of middle class is somewhat stretched.
What's the income level of middle class? Does income even matter, if so much of our lifestyles are based on borrowed money? Is it the location of their home? Does a 2-income family living in a poor neighborhood qualify? Perhaps the choices they make in lifestyle award them middle class status. Soccer moms, middle class?
What about education level? Home ownership? Rifle rack in the back window of your one-ton Chevy? Or, you meet the definition if you plop your axx in front of the TV night after night, remoting through the babble that is commercial TV.
This Bear is stumped.
I always considered myself middle-class. That wasn't meant to be a put-down of the friends I had who were from "the other side of the tracks" or the workmates who struggled to compose a simple sentence. (Hey, I haven't written a simple sentence since the Russians shot off their first H-bomb.)
My parents were not well-to-do.....we lived in what is now the inner city of Toledo until the mid-1950s. We moved to west Toledo.....brick ranch, you know the type, Jewish neighbors (friendly as hexx), whiffle-ball regularly played on the paved street. Things were going well for Pops and we had a nice "middle class" life. Cue Wally and the Beav.
My dad's business died (with a government closure of a huge defense plant that he ran the food service for). We lost our house, went from new cars to used cars. College became something that I had to pay for....the parents struggled after that. But we always considered outselves middle class.
If I own a home in a suburb and a cottage on a lake, am I still middle class? If my income is well above poverty level but I am putting my kids through college, leaving me with nearly empty pockets, am I still middle class? If my income is at or below recognized poverty levels but I do well with what I have, thank you, am I still middle class?
I remain perplexed. What is middle class?
Before I give the official "what say you?", let me ask that we refrain in this thread from excessive bashing of whomevers, whatevers, Democrats, Republicans, left-leaners, right-leaners, FDR, LBJ, Reagan, Bush, big corporations. Not looking for the WHY.....looking for WHO (as in a description of).
OK.....what say you?