When did the Middle Class become the Needy class?

I am not sure when it happened but everything I read from the left is about the government helping the middle class.  Housing, food stamps, and even Medicaid.  Here is a story from one of the worst leftist think tanks out there.  The center for American Progress posted this article originally written at the Hill.  I will comment between each paragraph.

Republican budget cuts promote ‘trickle up’ poverty

By Donna Cooper – 02/14/11 11:44 AM ET

How appropriate that Washington’s most challenging budget crisis in decade coincides with the Republican Party’s centenary birthday celebration of Ronald Reagan, whose attacks on “welfare queens” and the social safety net in the name of deficit reduction caused indisputable collateral damage to middle class Americans. The Ronnie-like budget cuts that Republican leaders are proposing today—against unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing—all boast the potential to carry on the Reagan tradition of hurting the very middle class they aspire to help.

What?  The middle class that I grew up in never looked to the government for help.   If we could not afford it we did not buy it.  I tell you that we had  a large family.  My dad worked 2 jobs sometimes and mom also worked.  This was back in the 60’s.  We never went hat in hand  to the government for help.  For me the middle class was never the needy class.  Back to our story.

Why? Because the cuts to the programs the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives are targeting would increase poverty, and more poverty lowers property values, diminishes the quality of life, and drives up family taxes and expenses of middle class Americans.

Cutting these programs would NOT increase poverty.  The people getting these programs are already in poverty.  Maybe they need a little help to get motivated.  Handouts never work.  If you don’t believe me try this little experiment.  Go to your childs room and find the birthday present you gave them 3 years ago.  I won’t wait while you go.  But you are now sitting there saying yea they never appreciate what we give them.  Why would it be different with a government handout.  Poverty is not improved by government intervention.  Only supported.

Cuts to federal housing programs will increase homelessness. Combine increased homelessness with vacant public housing and you have a cancer that will spread, reducing property values in communities across our nation. Or consider cuts to unemployment and food stamps. These are likely to cause grocery stores in urban, suburban, and rural areas—many of which serve the middle class—to either close or lower the quality and selection of their wares, just to preserve profit margin.

I just love this paragraph   I do not know where to begin.  I will start with public housing.  If the Government was not taking money and giving it back to municipalities for housing it would cost less because the payments would be more direst.  Taxpayer to city.  But if we had a real gauge of people without jobs we could attack the problem.  Food Stamps support retail?   Only a true socialist would even make this comment.  Where is the money for food stamps coming from?  The only people who still pay taxes.  The REAL middle class and the rich.  Where do they get the guts to even complain about stealing taxpaers (and I mena REAL taxpayers) money and give it to people who do not pay taxes.

A persistently high unemployment rate may well also translate into desperation and increased property and personal crimes. Not only will more crime lower our quality of life, it will drive up the cost of local policing. That could mean higher local taxes meet crime-fighting demands.

I am kinda shocked they(The left) would even bring unemployment into the conversation.  High unemployment is a result of the Obama (and the late Bush Stimulus)  but it was Obama’s advisers and The President himself who said that unemployment would not go above 8 percent with the stimulus.  With a high of 10 percent and a current rate of 9.2 (not real unemployment number)  This argument is rendered moot.  Reduce taxes and the size of government. See the roaring 20’s for an example of what slashing government can do.

Public schools were once the first choice of middle class families; these schools are the first to fail as poverty rises. Where school was once free, poverty forces many middle class families today to shell out thousands of dollars to educate their children. These new costs are a fact of life for more and more middle class Americans as poverty spreads across the country. Sadly it’s at just the time they can least afford it.

This might be the biggest fallacy in this article.   The first choice of anyone who could afford it was private schools.  Like I said my family was big and we all went to private school.  My parents paid dearly for our education.  Why?  Structure and educational value.  The public school system was suspect even in my youth.  And I am not young.

There was more but I will not bore you.  For the record Donna Cooper works for the Center for American Progress and also held a position with one of the most evil politicians to ever grace the State of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell.  Her Bona Fides are clear.  Her slant is wrong and fabricated to keep the huddled masses for not huddling anymore.

Stand up America and tell the left to get out of the way.  We will do it for ourselves.  We don’t need more Government we need more individuals.



Filed under Center for American Progress

3 responses to “When did the Middle Class become the Needy class?

  1. Anita

    Yeah the dems want us all to be needy and to rely on government. Makes me ill. Great rant, Mike!

  2. mikeh

    Bankruptcy will be the ultimate motivation this country needs.

    No money — no handouts.

  3. Mike, here are some interesting #’s regarding government entitlement spending over the years. In 1950 28% of Americans received some sort of government subsidy. By 2000 that had risen to 49%. By 2007 53%. So we’re now to the point that less than half of us are supporting the rest. Same is true of those paying taxes. Less than half of Americans now pay federal taxes at all. Finally, on those of us who ARE earning, in 1960 when all this welfare business started, 10% of wages paid were welfare $. Today that figure is up to 35%. Scarier yet, the % of those now employed in some sort of government service is now over 16%. Figures supplied come from the Congressional budget office and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Wonder why we have a budget crisis?
    Ken Shulski

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