Reading through RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013, it became fairly obvious that the author, Edward McClelland, was presenting a thesis idea that consisted of promoting the middle class through examples of its prime time when middle class thrived. McClelland made the point clearly as he repeatedly provided examples ranging from the glory days of the assembly line industry that had provided high paying jobs for many people, to presidents who attempted to keep business within the United States to promote home grown jobs. He was especially focused on the point that the middle class was shrinking due to a large discrepancy between the wealthy and the rest of society as capitalism achieves its goal of padding the wealthiest and keeping the middle …show more content…
The wealthy aren’t affected by this outsourcing, which is why it mattered little to them when the assembly jobs started to dissipate. McClelland was trying to demonstrate the power of capitalism through the statement that 24% of people in the United States define the American Dream as not being indebted. His boldest assertion is, “that in a system that picks winners and losers, it’s not fine to have the middle class labeled as a loser”. Therefore, this assertion stands high above the rest as it is the assertion of his thesis idea within the last few words. Without a doubt McClelland is all about the middle class and has intent on watching it rise back to power. He entailed many facts that supported the idea that the middle class shouldn’t be lost within this transition of jobs and shouldn’t be oppressed by the government’s attempt to control inflation through insufficient means. RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013 certainly got the point across, as it was mainly the author’s ideology and little of the various viewpoints that are associated with the subject matter. He could have covered more of the other side’s argument as well to further improve his own
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The Yuppie generation was a whole new breed to that of the older generations. They weren't looking to settle down and live the easy; instead, they were aiming higher than their counterparts. To succeed meant that you had to throw away the old world ideology that had governed the market and accept the insanity that was the economy; a new standard was set for business in America. Most worked longer hours a week and were often seen as stressed, narcissistic individuals who had little time to relax and lacked the ability to form meaningful relationships. However, many people at the time period were often characterized as cold, meticulous, pragmatics and elitists who cared for only themselves and their own group of “higher” society members.
The reading that caught my eye was “Who Rules America? The Corporate Community and the Upper Class” by G. William Domhoff. Domhoff wanted to argue that the upper class was not just one intertwining unit, but that the upper class also contains power by controlling economic and political decisions regarding our country. To gain better insight on his argument, Domhoff collected various types of data from reliable people on how the upper class go about their lives, and how their lives can directly and indirectly affect America. Domhoff started by talking about social class in general in America.
America is considered to be a melting pot, which is that several different cultures meld together to create a climate that can only be known as American. Whether one walks down loud, bustling Michigan Avenue or takes a stroll down a winding country lane, both climates scream Americana, however different they may be. Literature is no exception. Although much of American literature contains similar motifs, this genre embodies diversity at its finest. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is a prime example, describing the brutality of the American Dream from the point of view of those who understand its impact the greatest; the common immigrant.
During the 1920s, the lifestyle of the ordinary American citizen had drastically taken a turn in comparison to prior years. Before World War I, Americans were careful to be frugal with their money; however, a new age of consumerism resulted in rash forms of spending in rising businesses and stocks. Although, life changed once again when the stock market crashed on March 21, 1929. The distinction in living conditions between the classes was extremely vast. While thousands of the working class and non-whites lost their jobs, the members of the upper ranks of society looked down upon them, believing it wasn’t their responsibility to provide for the less fortunate.
The United States during the 1950s and 1960s was an era of general consensus for the average middle class American. This was an era that saw the nation’s affluence grow tremendously. The middle class grew so much that the middle class had the ability to buy homes, buy cars, and live comfortably with their families. Cities began to sprawl throughout the nation, and suburbanization increased as well .
According to an article published the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History titled, “The Fifties”, the American middle-class grew rapidly during the 1950’s and by this time 60 percent of Americans were considered “middle-class”. Truman Capote’s book, In Cold Blood, chronicles the murder of a well-to-do middle-class family known as, the Clutter family. Capote uses the Clutter family to represent the rising middle-class in the 1950’s by showing a lifestyle that is comfortable yet modest. The middle-class consists of well-educated business workers who are neither rich nor poor.
Some may say that it is true that middle class isn't bringing much in but it due to the stock market crash in 2009 but it has been growing since then. However this is not true. Middle class families are shrinking to the lower class and poverty line America. Brookings Institution defined this group as “including those with income between 100 and 250% of the federal poverty level, or between $18,871 and $47,177 for a family of three, according to the current numbers”. These reason are why middle class Americans no longer are the foundation of the American
McClelland’s article “RIP the Middle Class” was published September 20th 2013 in a salon, which is an online news site that publishes pieces that includes fearless commentary and criticism point of views. McClelland’s Rhetorical statement is that big automotive cities are diminishing which is a result of losing; which as of a result of this causes the middle class to lose. The rhetorical statement that McClelland indulges to the audience is to be persuaded by the aim which is once known as the “blue-collar aristocrats” to the “blue-collared” workers. Whom struggle to pull in a national median title of “middle class.” The time era that this has taken place started in the 1970s, remembered by Americans as the “Decade That Those Forget” which blue-collared workers prospered in the middle class economy.
This middle class would have some of the luxuries of the upper class and would be way better off than the working class, but would still have to manage their money wisely. Some of these luxuries were authentic; however, many were just a cheaper version that was mass produced to look like it costs one hundred dollars, when in turn it only costs ten. These middle-class citizens would buy these things to make themselves look like the upper class, which wanted to be better than everyone else and have nicer things than everyone else. In this case, it was good that these things had a false side to them, but in other cases it can be good or bad depending on your side in things; like the
Paul Krugman author of the article “Confronting Inequality” stresses the inequality of our social classes in the United States, he uses statistics to demonstrate the staggering consequences of this inequality within our social classes. Krugman emphasizes the fact that a majority of our wealth is owned by about one percent of the population, which is leaving the middle and lower class at an extreme disadvantage. One example Krugman uses is education; children that have wealthy families, have a higher percentage of finishing college than those of lower income families, proving the statement that Krugman was accentuating, “Class-inherited class- usually trumps talent.” The parents within this middle to lower class have been exceed their financial
To make the matter worse between 1885 and 1900 the Supreme Court restricted the right of the government to regulate corporations by ruling that manufacturing did not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government because it was not “commerce”(Jansson, 2005). The emergence of the middle and upper-class movement has also gradually taken shape as the industry continues to grow and impact the social life, society, and people in general. These classes were aspired to deal with the growing influence and mistreatment of the industrial system which adversely affects the poor and immigrants. Not only middle and upper class were concerned about the immoral and unjust deeds of the industrialist, but powerful political figures also shared the concern. Teddy Roosevelt expressed his concern to his successor about the alarming social condition of the poor and unregulated influence of the rich (Ehrenreich, 1985).
The middle class want to become rich and the low class only wants equality.” Orwell’s predictions of the party, the government in modern society, rises to power and the poor stay poor. In LA Times “Income Inequality makes the rich more scrooge-like, study finds”, “Since the 1980’s -- the end of a 30-year period… wealth has grown increasingly concentrated at the top of the economic ladder, while low-income Americans have commanded a smaller and smaller share of the nation’s wealth.” *add where quote is from* ”... top 5 percent of American families saw their real income increase 74.9 percent… the lowest-income fifth saw a decrease in real income of 12.1 percent… Sharply contrasting with the 1947-79 period… with the lowest income group actually seeing the largest gains.”
In “14 ways Republicans have declared war on the middle class; Poll after poll shows Americans strongly oppose almost every facet of the new GOP budget proposal” by Steven Rosenfeld, the author explains his perception of how the Republican Party has declared war on Middle Class America. The source is creditable and relates to the argument of the effectiveness of Middle Class America. Shaughnessy, H. (2012, May 04). The Future of the American Middle Class: As Defined by China.