Follow up:Pressure on the Middle Class

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on January 17, 2013

in Geopolitical,housing,lifestyle,United States of America

As promised in my blog post a week ago, I am going to print another quote from the Stratfor piece by George Friedman.  For many reasons, we are also concerned that the ideal of the Middle Class in America is under pressure.  This is bad for Americans, and bad for America.

“….half of all households — would be shut out of what is considered middle-class life, with the house, the car and the other associated amenities. Those amenities shift upward on the scale for people with at least $70,000 in income. The basics might be available at the median level, given favorable individual circumstance….”

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Friedman identifies one of two primary causes for the pressure on the Middle Class as the decline in the “two parent household”

“Where a single earner could support a middle class family in the generation after World War II, it now took at least two earners. That meant that the rise of the double-income family corresponded with the decline of the middle class…. That shift away from social pressure for two parent homes was certainly part of the problem.”

In yesterday’s “Wall Street Journal” there was an opinion piece that confirmed some of these facts…. “Among poor families with children, 71% are headed by single parents, mostly single mothers.

“And getting out of poverty from a single-parent situation isn’t easy. A 2010 Pew report found that “among children who start in the bottom third of the income distribution, only 26% with divorced parents move up to the middle or top third as adults, compared to 50% of children with continuously married parents.”

While many issues are beyond the direct control of “society”, we can all certainly help educate our young people on the risks of single parenting, not just for them, but for their children, their future, and the country.


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