Self-identified 'middle class' radically shrinks under Obama

Thomas Lifson
The “fundamental transformation” President Obama promised us is well underway. The largely self-reliant, proud, and prosperous American middle class is shrinking, and the dependent, subsidized, and generally envious lower middle class and lower class has expanded dramatically since 2008.  Christopher S. Rugaber of the AP reports:

Since 2008, the number of Americans who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, according to a survey in January by the Pew Research Center, from 53% to 44%. Forty percent now identify as either lower-middle or lower class compared with just 25% in February 2008.

Put this another way, the number of people self-identifying as lower and lower-middle has expanded 60%.  That, of course, is a Democrat constituency, for people in that class see government assistance (food stamps, earned income tax credit, ObamaCare subsidies, and the like) as their ticket to a level of comfort within shooting distance of the middle class – whom they see as better off than they.

It is all part of the effort to engineer an electorate that will keep Democrats in power forever, and that will make government the supreme force in society.  Heavily tax those who do make enough money to be comfortable, and make them depend on the government for tax breaks, regulatory favors, and the like. And for the ever-growing segment on the bottom, hand out bread and circuses from Uncle Sugar, also making them dependent.

Obama’s fundamentally transformed America looks like a great place to be in the government, and a lousy place for everyone else.

The “fundamental transformation” President Obama promised us is well underway. The largely self-reliant, proud, and prosperous American middle class is shrinking, and the dependent, subsidized, and generally envious lower middle class and lower class has expanded dramatically since 2008.  Christopher S. Rugaber of the AP reports:

Since 2008, the number of Americans who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, according to a survey in January by the Pew Research Center, from 53% to 44%. Forty percent now identify as either lower-middle or lower class compared with just 25% in February 2008.

Put this another way, the number of people self-identifying as lower and lower-middle has expanded 60%.  That, of course, is a Democrat constituency, for people in that class see government assistance (food stamps, earned income tax credit, ObamaCare subsidies, and the like) as their ticket to a level of comfort within shooting distance of the middle class – whom they see as better off than they.

It is all part of the effort to engineer an electorate that will keep Democrats in power forever, and that will make government the supreme force in society.  Heavily tax those who do make enough money to be comfortable, and make them depend on the government for tax breaks, regulatory favors, and the like. And for the ever-growing segment on the bottom, hand out bread and circuses from Uncle Sugar, also making them dependent.

Obama’s fundamentally transformed America looks like a great place to be in the government, and a lousy place for everyone else.