We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Todd Zywicki has a nice post on the The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke by Professor Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi.
In his writings on the tactics for engineering the communist state, Karl Marx talked a lot about the need to "proletarianize the middle class." This has been a very popular tactic among leftish writers and politicians today, attempting to convince the middle class that they never had it so bad.
No doubt. Let's inculcate a sense of grievance in those two-income middle-class families, so they will turn to the State for rescue. The fact is, we have two-income families because people want more money, and desire a higher standard of living than the average single-income middle class family in 1970.
Ah, but they have less disposable income than in 1970 - and here's why (from the linked pieces):
Discretionary income has shrunk from 46% to 25% of total income - and taxes account for all of that reduction. The governmental solution, no doubt, will be to raise their taxes to provide more "free services."
That's the Gramscian tactic: tax 'em 'til they feel poor, then apply incremental Marxism until they own your soul and you become a grateful serf of The State at The People's Tractor Factory #23.
If conservatives keep this silly act up that the "middle class" never had it so good, the democrats will run everything. Economists often live in the land of the lotus eaters. We don't necessarily have two incomes because we "just want more money". My father raised three children, had a decent home, and two cars, on a telephone employee's salary. And a stay at home wife, to boot. Try that today. I'll bet you find it harder than you think. Medical insurance is insane. They can cure you of anything, but you will go, quite simply, broke paying for it. All insurance costs more. Cars last longer, but as where a car in the seventies needed a tuneup every ten thousand miles, and 50 bucks, and you could do it yourself. now they run 30 thousand miles between tuneups, and cost 900 dollars, and a technician. Some things are better. But many things are not. And if you keep protesting that people are just making it up. Then expect to get ignored eventually. Anybody who really checks into how people actually LIVE, compared to some economists chalkboard, or computer formula, knows what I mean. I am as conservative as they come. But I am tired of well off people on the right telling us, just get over it. And no, we don't get paid enough. And no, education is not the problem. And no, having goverment programs to help the less fortunate is not Marxism. It's called community. Yes, taxes are bad. I'm paying mine off now. Now I've ranted.
"Medical insurance is insane. They can cure you of anything, but you will go, quite simply, broke paying for it."
I don't have my reading glasses, but the % in 1970 spent on health ins is 3% and in early 2000's its 2%. If my math is right, thats a 1% decrease.
Sounds like you've been getting your news from AOL and other MSM outlets. It was a very emotional rant, divorced from reality and facts.
Ummm...look at that graph again and you'll see that Taxes went up from 24 to 34 percent... now, not that I have any fondness for taxation but I'd like to point out something that seems to have been overlooked:
a whole 14% (FOURTEEN PERCENT!!!!) of that lovely dark purple discretionary spending went away and became a big pepto bismal pink blob of paying other people to raise your kids for you (child care) so that both parents can go do jobs they're usually not real fond of and still complain about how little money they have. When you factor in the work "business casual" wardrobe, the fuel prices for commuting and two jobs = two cars (maintainance, insurance, registration), the buying lunches and sometimes dinners too because you're both too tired to cook (let alone have a garden and grow your own veg)... plus 14% of your income to the daycare or afterschool learning center or nanny -- how exactly is having two incomes giving you a larger income?????
and by the way health insurance isn't expensive for those of us that don't buy any... here's how that works:
stop going to the emergency room for papercuts and stuffie noses and then back to the emergency foom for the vomiting and headaches caused by the pills to cure the stuffie nose and then back to the emergency room for the pills to take care of the side effectes from the pills that stop the side effects of the first pills