kvining - 3/1/2005 1:58 PM
We now have an estimated 12 million people from Mexico living and working in this country, a number I think is a ridiculously low estimate - how long can we maintain a wage slave system, with millions living within in our borders that have no say in our democracy? My view is they must either all be in, meaning union with Mexico, or all of them must be out, so they can build their own democracy. Special interests once again put their own interest ahead of national interest, and we now have created another class of slaves.
But most explosive of all is the new economic system being imposed on this country by corporatists who wish us to be a two-class society like the rest of the world. Little by little they are driving the American middle class out of existence with crooked elections, government-financed propaganda, tax systems rigged to favor the very rich, and policies that guarantee the loss of our technological base. Above all the others, this is the most explosive brew we are mixing.
Sorry KV, too alarmist. The US has been alive and well with multiple classes for many years. In fact, if you looked at the middle class from 40 years ago, they had none of the things that you now have today. Cell phones, computers, fancy cars, all kinds of music boxes, gadgets for the kitchen, etc. The middle class lifestyle has increased over this period.
Of course, there is the working poor of the society, the Mexican and Salvadorean immigrants who do all the grunt work for minimum wage. This is a relatively new phenomenon and it is likely going to continue. But, and this is important, this element of the society is the least likely to complain about it. They will work 16 hours per day for $100. and be thankful that they have a job that pays this well. Please remember the comparison. These folks don't compare themselves to Donald Trump. They compare themselves to their brehteren in their homeland.
Personally, I wish to see an increase in the minimum wage so that these people can live a basic existence. Earning a bit over $200. per week is ridiculous. Should be on the order of $300. per week if it kept pace with inflation.
You would need to define "middle class" to state, with any certainty, that it is being driven out of existence. But, you can find all classes in most areas of the country. By and large, this has not dramatically changed over the past 40 years.