To the surprise of no thinking person, middle-class Americans are no longer the majority

To the surprise of no thinking person, middle-class Americans are no longer the majority
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[Ed. – What do you expect, with more than 94 million not in the work force?  The correlation of “working” with “being middle class” is as powerful as correlation gets.]

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study.

The Pew Research Center report released Wednesday put in sharp relief the nation’s increasing income divide, which is certain to be a central issue in the 2016 presidential race. It also highlights how various economic and demographic forces have eroded long-held ideals about maintaining a strong, majority middle class.

Many analysts and policymakers regard the shift as worrisome for economic and social stability. Middle-income households have been the bedrock of consumer spending, and many liberals in particular view the declining middle as part of a troubling trend of skewed income gains among the nation’s richest families.

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