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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The majority of American families earn $60,000 or less per year, according to a new report by The Hamilton Project.

The report, titled “A Dozen Facts about America’s Struggling Lower-Middle Class,” lays out the immense challenges facing Americans making between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level (between roughly $15,000 and $60,000 per year). First and foremost among these challenges is income.

Hamilton Project Graph

As the chart above shows, 54 percent of working-age families with children under the age of 18 make $60,000 or less. About 40 percent earn $40,000 or less. On the other end of the spectrum, 24 percent of families earn $100,000 or more, and fewer than 3 percent earn $260,001 or more.

The report notes that “Compared to families living in poverty, families in the struggling lower-middle class are more likely to be headed by a married couple, to have a second adult worker, and to be headed by an individual with some college education.” The two groups face similar challenges, however. For example, more than 24 percent of children in the struggling lower-middle class face food insecurity, and approximately 24 percent are obese.

This statistic underscores the importance of the federal safety net in supporting these families, of whom The Hamilton Project warns “any unanticipated downturns in income could push them into poverty.” More than 20 percent of families in the struggling lower-middle class rely on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly known as food stamps — at some point during the year. About 33 percent rely on at least one safety net program such as SNAP, unemployment benefits, welfare benefits, or disability benefits.

Hamilton Project Graph2

These statistics paint a clearer portrait of the potential impacts of Congress’ cuts to food stamps and planned cuts to federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Not only do millions of Americans who live in poverty rely on the programs, but so do millions of those who live in the middle class, but find it harder each day to keep their heads above water.

Read the full report from The Hamilton Project here.

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  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    If we are to preserve liberty from the shackles of pseudo-science and centralized power, we must understand and abide by moral standards that transcend the rule of law.

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Moral standards set by who – you, Cruz, priests who molest little boys, racists and bigots. Newsflash – moral standards do not transcend the rule of law. Morality is a code of conduct which is set down by society and is our LAWS.

    • ProudACLU

      People who spit out Socialism as though it is a curse know nothing about it. What they know is our enemies in the past have claimed to be socialist and they use that as the base of their scorn.

      • Socialism: Organized Evil

        For an introduction to the primitive superstitions of socialist ideology, I generally refer people to Igor Shafarevich’s brilliant essay Socialism in Our Past and Future:

    • Bryan Blake

      Dear Right Wind Libertarianism: Disorganized Evil:
      If Libertarianism is so great why did the delegates to The Constitutional Convention scrap the Articles of Confederation and establish a strong centralized federal government? I read an interesting statement in an article recently: If Libertarianism is so great why aren’t there any successful Libertarian governments functioning in nations today? The author went on to explain that a Libertarian form of government cannot successfully function in a modern and complex society and economy. Both would rapidly descend into chaos. Wages would be quickly slashed by the so called free-market capitalist to the point that work became grossly inadequate in its ability to provide the worker with even basic necessities. Insufficient wages always produces an economy that is constantly on the verge of collapse.

      Oh yeah. We are already there. And if people like you do not wake up and realize you are being duped then get ready to walk down streets where the garbage is stacked higher than rooftops – with little children and dogs fighting for any scrape to eat from the piles. That is the end result of your vision of what the US should be. It is not the vision of the majority of the people that post on this site.

      • Socialism: Organized Evil

        I understand your frustration, Bryan.

        If Floyd Corkins, Chris Dorner, Ed Schultz, Troy Gilmore Jr., Alan Grayson, John Muhammed, Hussein Obama, Lee Boyd Malvo, Demetrius Glenn, Lakim Faust, Allan Brauer, John Van Allen, Michael Davis, and Aaron Alexis are any indication, today’s liberals are becoming increasingly unhinged, violent, and aggressive.

        • Bryan Blake

          Dear SOE: Classic conservative response.
          1. Statement in an attempt to misdirect the response to an entirely different direction. A non response.

          2. Irrelevant gibberish.

          Perhaps a lot less of Fox and a stronger dose of reality. I have yet to see a liberal demonstration where the participants are wielding guns and calling President Obama vile names and expressing overt racism. I have seen lots of Tea Party rallies with those kinds of characters. You have a right to your opinion. I have a right to mine. You are just wrong and you do not know that you are. The next time you watch Fox leave the liquor in the cabinet and wear white noise headphones. That unexplained noise you hear in the background is the sound of the pulling of your strings.

          • elw

            You tell him Byran

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            In this video, communistic liberal democrat Louis Michael Seidman viciously attacks the Constitution of the United States:

          • Bryan Blake

            SOE: I listened to your clip post and no where in it did I hear Mr. Seidman viciously attack the Constitution. I agree that many elements are counter-productive to a modern functioning Constitutional democracy. But, because of the misguided political thought process of people such as yourself I would not support the calling of a Constitutional Convention to correct its inherent deficiencies. Other people from both the Right and Left are constant critics of our Founding Documents. It was and is an imperfect document. But, beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was and still is most influential political document in the recorded history of humankind. Furthermore, the American Revolution was the quintessential Leftist Revolution in human history. Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, advanced the most radical Left Wing notion as the foundation for Revolution embraced to that point in time: That commoners are equal to a King! That We The People were entitled to overthrow the yoke of oppression and form our own government. That inherent in a people is the right to be free and the source of power for our own governance.

            Like any human endeavor the Constitution is a flawed document shaped by the socioeconomic forces of its time. It is racist, elitist, sexist and politically dysfunctional. But The Founders did not intend it to be set in stone. They made provisions to amend it and expected it to be amended. At the same time if it was to be amended they forced amendments to be had through a process that reflected a strong national consensus. They also gave Congress the power to make laws. Which under the concept of the Rule of Law is just another form of amendment to adapt our governing document for the governance needs of We The People. Because of the rise of political parties, which most of The Founders objected to, the inherent dysfunction is severely amplified to the point that any disagreement is virtually treason! Thus we have what is going on in Washington today.

            The Founders in establishing three branches of government created a system of checks and balances which is supposed to ensure the functioning of our Federal government within the latitude of the Constitution. Unfortunately, instead of striving to function within the balance of power the three branches are now engaged in a constant struggle for the exercise of power. That is nothing more than politics.

            The Founders were not prescient and therefore could not gaze forward through 222 years of time. There are a few things I would change:

            I would eliminate lifetime appointments for the Federal Judiciary and require a balance on SCOTUS of Left, Center and Right.

            I would call for the direct election of POTUS. Especially in light of the Right Wind attempts in many states to allocate delegates to the electoral college by congressional districts in order to thwart the will of the people.

            I would give POTUS the power to veto a decision of SCOTUS (see Citizens United) and the Congress the power to override such a veto by less than a super majority but more than a simple majority.

            I would enshrine the right to vote as an absolute right in all federal, state and local elections – without exception!

            I would call for the government financing of all elections. It will not eliminate the effects of the rich on politics but it would make politicians more beholden to We The People than special interests.

            There are other things that I would change but I have no desire to open a second constitutional convention.

            FURTHERMORE, Nowhere in The Constitution is any form of economy mentioned nor required nor has there ever been a referendum voted on by We The People adopting capitalism as our official economy. So calling those who disagree with you “socialist” and “communists” is without basis as a constitutional right nor defense. For most of my adult working life I was a small business owner. Contrary to the propaganda an economy has no place in the governance of We The People. An economy, for the protection of We The People, in order to ensure its dynamic nature and altruistic benefit must be regulated to produce fairness, innovation, and equal opportunity. That is merely in keeping with the concept of social justice found within The Constitution itself!

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            Louis Michael Seidman’s ideological war against the Constitution of these united states is very well documented.

    • elw

      “Pseudo-science and centralized power,” come-on read right from the radicalized rights play book. Sorry you do not get to set moral standards and decide what is real science or not for everyone else. In this Country the rule of law prevails, whether you like it or not.

      • Socialism: Organized Evil

        In related video, Hussein Obama lies to the face of the American people about keeping their insurance and their doctor:

        • WhutHeSaid

          My Lord, is there nothing else for you redneck bigots to do in your trailer parks? What ever happened to all of your beer-fart contests?

          Obama is black and he’s your leader. You’ll just toe the line that American voters set down, and that’s that. Any questions?

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            If Hussein Obama’s primitive ideas about health insurance are so good, why is the IRS needed to force you to follow them?

          • WhutHeSaid

            For the same reason that state DMVs enforce insurance requirements on motorists. That’s how insurance works — you don’t just jump into the pool when you need insurance to cover something.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            There’s no serious difference between today’s liberals and their socialist, marxist, and communist ancestors.

          • WhutHeSaid

            There’s no difference between Tea Party nut-jobs and what I flush down the toilet every morning either. What’s your point?

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            In this YouTube video we have the Liar-in-Chief, Hussein Obama, claiming that he will magically stop the oceans from rising:

          • WhutHeSaid

            If Obama DID perform magic and/or cure cancer, you drooling bigots would still oppose it. It doesn’t matter; the world is methodically stamping out you bigots, so get used to it.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            At this point it seems clear that Hussein Obama’s personal jihad against Western civilization is destined to fail.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Either you are really a spamming bot, or you are on the verge of overdosing on Medicare Viagra. Go spew your bullshit someplace else.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            Most Americans recognize that Hussein Obama has no credibility.

        • elw

          Get a new line, people are not listening to this one any more.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            Why does Obama feel the need to lie so much about Obamacare?

          • elw

            They are not listening to that one either.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            In related news, another liberal democrat reprobate has been arrested on child pornography charges:

          • Barbara Morgan

            SOE is another name for Lana Wood, since their post read the same and ask questions the same way. So SOE needs to be ignored like Lana Wood is.

          • Socialism: Organized Evil

            What is the source of grudge against debate, knowledge, and the exchange of ideas?

  • Dominick Vila

    Newsflash: the average family income in the USA a decade ago was $52,000.

    • elw

      You are right, there are many factors that have contributed to our present problems some of them political and other individual. Anyone that presents it any other way is just trying to protect their own. In the end, if we are to solve our problems everyone will have to make some sacrifices, stop making excuses and learn to accept the differences that exist between the individuals that make up our society. Its a tall order, but we have done it before and can again.

  • 40% of folks make less than $20k/year in the US. I think that is better metric than Household income that has multiple wage makers. More stats:

  • howa4x

    We live in a country where the greediest people on earth live. The 1% and above suck up more than 80% of our national income, yet people in the republican base that are struggling constantly vote to give them more. They drank the cool aid that these people will create wonderful jobs for them. The reality is that they are creating jobs at the bottom of the economy. Look at the labor stats and you will see job growth in hospitality, leisure and food. These are the minimum wage jobs that have no benefits. Not satisfied with that the greediest of them all the Koch bros, run around the country getting tea party governors elected whose marching orders from them are to bust government unions and make their states right to work for less ones. The ripple effect of this is that the economy will never fully recover. Why? Because we are caught in a cycle where the job growth at the bottom doesn’t allow people to have disposal income to spend on major appliances, cars and Houses. Families struggle to pay bills and put food on the table, and have to rely on government support to get by. Since the wealthy pay less taxes, remember Buffet and his secretary, it is the dwindling middle class that has to support those at the bottom with higher state taxes thereby draining more money from them.
    While this is happening the republicans still, led by the dopey tea party refuse to raise one dime of taxes from the wealthy. They listen to shills like Grover Norquist running around with his no tax pledge, whose sole job is to protect the wealthy.
    We are starting a downward spiral, not from lack of morality over sexual issues but a lack of morality by protecting income inequality.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Since equality before the law is the only kind of equality compatible with liberty, it is the only type of equality that free countries should pursue.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    Those of the liberty school actively support the ideas of limited government upon which morality, liberty, and democratic processes depend.