The middle class “self-squeeze”

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Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..


Do you consider yourself a member of the “middle class”?
Do you feel the survival and prosperity of the middle class are in your own best interests?
Is that the way you vote?

Middle-class families, pillar of American Dream, are no longer in majority: study
By: Don Lee, Contact Reporter, Los Angeles Times

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the American economy, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study.

Rapid growth of upper-income households, coupled with an increase in less-educated, low earners, has driven the decline of the middle-income population to a hair below 50% of the total this year, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday.

In 1971, the middle class accounted for 61% of the population, and it has been declining steadily since.

In short, the Gap between the rich and the rest has been growing. The middle and the poor have become realively poorer.

Which group benefits? In which group are you?

The tipping point appears to have occurred in the past couple of years of the recovery from the Great Recession as the economy has continued to reward the highly educated, well-to-do investors and those with technical skills.

Middle-income households have been the bedrock of consumer spending, and many liberals, in particular, view the declining middle as part of a troubling trend of skewed income gains among the nation’s richest families.

It is the liberals who are concerned about this phenomenon. The conservatives are delighted, as reflected in their initiatives to cut social spending, while offering regressive tax “reforms” (“flat tax,” “sales tax,” etc.) which would tax the middle and poor more.

Pew defined middle class as households earning between two-thirds and twice the overall median income, after adjusting for household size. A family of three, for example, would be considered middle income if its total annual income ranged from about $42,000 to $126,000.

It’s questionable whether a family of three earning $42,000 per year should be considered “middle class,” the same as a family earning $126,000.

Most Americans have traditionally identified themselves as middle class, even those at the top and bottom, reflecting a kind of cultural heritage tied to the American dream of self-reliance.

A Gallup survey this spring showed that just 51% of U.S. adults considered themselves middle or upper middle class, with 48% saying they are part of the lower or working class.

That leaves 1% to identify as upper class.

At the same time, many median-income voters, particularly non-college-educated men, are at the core of billionaire Donald Trump’s support in the Republican campaign, and the sense that their once-secure middle-class standing is in danger appears to be fueling their anger at the government and at immigrant groups.

Even being middle class, they support Trump’s anti-middle class bent. The reason: They care more to increase the Gap between themselves and the poor, than to close the Gap between themselves and the rich.

In short, they are willing to hurt themselves, if they can hurt those below them.

From 1971 to 2014, the median income of all <b?upper-income households increased 47% to $174,625. The edian income for the middle tier rose 34%</b. to $73,392, and for the lower income group, it was up 28% to $24,074.

Pew’s findings add to strong evidence that the middle class has been thinned partly by a decline in manufacturing due to competition from imports as well as a broader polarization of jobs that has favored the most educated and technically skilled workers.

Elizbeth Espinoza and her husband, Carlos Arceo, both 38, fall squarely in the middle class. Espinoza said that she and her husband were hopeful about their future incomes rising, but she doubts that they can move up to the upper-income tier. “I feel like upward mobility keeps getting harder and harder,” she said.

Research on income mobility across generations has found the U.S. as a whole lags other Western countries.

The government uses the false excuse about federal debt being “unsustainable,” or that social benefits discourage the middle and lower income groups from working. Both narratives have no basis in fact.

The media, the politicians and the economists, being bribed by the rich, like to characterize the lower income groups as lazy indolents, who would rather receive free “goodies” from the government, than work. <b<Factually, it isn't true, but the myth satisfies the higher groups' need to feel superior.

This site has published examples of politicians referring to the federal debt as a “ticking time bomb” as early as 1940 (Sept 26, 1940, New York Times).

In 1940, Gross Federal Debt was $50 billion. By 2014, it had risen to $18 trillion.

Despite this gargantuan increase, the “time bomb” still is ticking.

If you were a member of a sect, whose leader repeatedly took you to a mountain to await the end of the world, and the world never ended, at what point would you decide the leader either was lying or ignorant of reality. After the first time? After the tenth time? Twentieth?

The statement that the federal debt is “unsustainable” or will cause hyper-inflation, has been made every year for the past 75 years! At long last, are you ready to disbelieve the lie?

Or will you continue to vote Republican (they are the main authors of bills to reduce social spending and increase lower-income taxes — at the detriment to you)?

I’ve received many angry notes from conservatives, but you folks shouldn’t be angry at me. Blame the people who destroy your life-style and your childrens’ futures.

If you are in the middle-or-lower income group, and you suffer because you pay too much FICA, and don’t receive enough unemployment compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, funding for college, Social Security, food stamps and other social benefits, the fault is yours if you voted conservative.

The right wing has set you against your own best interests. You voted for your tormentors, just to torment those below you.

Interestingly, much of the lower income group has it figured out. As soon as the middle smartens up, conservatism will lose its appeal.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.


Recessions come only after the blue line drops below zero.

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.


2 thoughts on “The middle class “self-squeeze”

  1. I like this logic from CNN Money…

    “Some economists have long argued that a widening income gap suppresses economic growth and job creation, and may be one reason why this economic recovery doesn’t feel like a recovery at all.”

    Got that? The death of the economy is actually a “recovery.” The dying economy only makes the non-“recovery” FEEL like a non-recovery. How do we know? Because we say so. Such garbage is designed to make you think, “If people are doing great nationwide, then it is MY fault that I have financial difficulties.”

    CNN again…

    “Research shows that middle-class people tend to spend more of their income than do rich people. As their incomes and feelings of relative wealth decline, so does overall economic growth.”

    Here CNN admits that there is no economic growth, and that incomes are falling among the lower classes. Then CNN calls this contraction a “recovery.” The worse the recession becomes, the stronger the “recovery” becomes. This proves that austerity works!

    Remember: the explosion of poverty and inequality are “proof” that neo-liberalism brings prosperity to all. Or, as CNN puts it…

    “Many view inequality as an unavoidable symptom of the free market — a market that has, on a global scale, lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and provided the wherewithal to boost living standards around the world.”

    Right. So stop whining about the explosion of poverty and inequality. The fact that hundreds of millions of people have been plunged into poverty is proof that those same hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty.

    In short, the more poverty and inequality we have, the less we have.

    (People actually get PAID to spew this excrement!)


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