So I am 100% sure that the "shrinking middle class" is simply the previous generation retiring and dying, and the current generation making less than double the wages with 10x the inflation.
No its not. There are simply not many jobs that make "middle" income anymore. There are alot of good jobs for college grads in decent feilds that make 70k after a couple years experience and there are ALOT of jobs that make 25k or less that have no chance of advancement.
So essentially we get more upperclass and more lower class with less middle class.
This is what you get when you lower taxes and break up unions.
Dont tell me what to do fagit
if we print more money, then everyone has more
I hardly count the addition of a fancy cell phone and data plan as "higher standards of living" , its not like we use the fact that all of humanities knowledge is at our fingertips for anything but shitposting
and medical advances? awesome! I can go bankrupt when I'm least able to re enter the workforce, thanks for 10+ years of semi coma living in a nursing home!
Assuming your talking about america both those incomes are in the top 10% so your retarded.
And there is only 1% of the country between 150k and 300k which is not enough to be its own social class.
In addition, I've been trying to figure out for awhile why we pay so much more in taxes for essentially 0 social programs aside from disability, unemployment, and food stamps.
It's still only 33% of our budget. Military expenditures are only 17%.
Where the fuck is all our money going??
No your just playing a fool so you can brag about your parents accomplishments(I know I did the same once). Ignorance is inexcusable in the age of the internet.
I live in a bay area suburb and incomes are very high here, but clearly that is not the case for the majority of the country.
I spent some time with people whose combined family income is >50k and it has inspired me to stop being a asshat.
It is the responsibility of the upper class to ensure the comfort of the lower classes for no other reason than to prevent civil unrest.
>le higher wages are for ebil liberals and unions face
As a Union rep I'm sure you think so but as someone who got to see first hand the blight infecting Australian factories & superannuation from a workers & advisers POV, I can safely say the unintended consequences of giving Unions too much authority is quite destructive.
I dont mind the concept but the implementation has cost many people. It isn't simply "collective bargaining" either, its a gravy train full of shady deals that can hardly be proven in the interests of workers.
> inb4 we got you a 2 day weekend and penalty rates!
Fuck outta here fat cat
>Wait 10 Days to see an ER doctor
Having 8% of people, those in the least urgent/non life-threatening conditions, wait more than 4 hours is considered bad in Britain. Is that really so bad, considering if your life is in danger you will be treated immediately?
This so much this.
I love how libertarian shills like Sowell always side track when the topic comes to Whether middle class is shrinking or not.
In the future you are either upper or lower, there is no middle ground. I'm just glad I'm in top 10% in my country.
>average US time spent in ER - 135 minutes
>average UK time spent in A&E - 130 minutes
Muh socialised medicine, so evil, poor performance. You know that America spends as much as a proportion of GDP on Medicare and Medicaid as the UK spends on the NHS?
Middle class is shrinking. This is true. But did you know more than half, more than 60% of the people leaving the middle class are going to the upper class?
So whenever Beanie Sanders talks about reversing the disappearance of the middle class he literally wants people to stop improving their lives.
Meh, world is running down somewhat, too many monkeys now, not enough bananas, combined with money makes money through the ancient swindle of usury, what is happening was completely predictable. Resource wars, totalitarian despotic states incoming. Intredasting times, a Chinese curse.
people spending their life savings on a house they cant afford to get into a "good school district"
people buying $100/month data plans for their $100/month phones with their netflix, hulu (ad free, of course), and audible, so they have something to do while they sip their $100/month coffee and see what arrived in their $50/month novelty box. then it's off to whole foods to spend $1,000/month on groceries before paying the mininum on their 15% apr credit card and skipping their student loan payment.
>tough being an intellectual
What bothers me the most about anti-sanders people is that they haven't looked at any of his policies he wants to enact. To date, he's had 2:
- Stock transfer fee
- Taxing the ultra rich
Both would only affect the upper class and hedge funds that manipulate the market (Therefore making the poor investor even poorer because computers are clipping their earnings)
Universal health care would also save the country money.
Literally everything he wants to enact will fix the economy and make you richer, and yet people have this weird psychological aversion to his policies because they're socialist. Social security is socialist and virtually everyone collects that.
Do some research jesus christ.
That's time in the ER, what's the total wait time? Waiting room times sometimes aren't counted. Plus sometimes it's time to be seen by a doctor that's measured, not necessarily out the door and discharged which is contingent on alot of staff and rules.
In addition the argument is likely waiting for a specialist or complicated treatment. Young neckbeards love socialized medicine because they get their broken arm fixed for free and don't care whether they wait 3 hours or 6 hours for it.
The real metrics that should be studied are on the care of people who utilize the system the most - chronically ill and elderly.
Not saying you're wrong, just everyone is completely retarded on this subject.
It doesn't matter because the average voter wouldn't even research these policies. They either hear "Socialism" and that raises a red flag or they automatically think taxes are bad (Even though taxes are some of the best stimulants for the overall economy and will make you richer overall)
Conservatives are just borderline fucking retarded desu.
How is time actually spent in hospital not the more significant statistic? Anyway, it's hard to find the average wait time in UK hospitals, but the target is for over 90% of patients to be seen within 4 hours. That's been breached a couple of times recently, over weekends during the winter when GPs are closed and old people are getting colds. That caused a major shitstorm. As far as A&E goes, though, nothing seems to suggest that you get any faster service in the US than you do in the UK.
>Responsibility of the upper class to ensure the comfort of the lower class
This sounds so socialist but it's so true. The internet has created an imaginary divide between communities, we forget sometimes that the key to a successful society is everyone working together.