Middle Class Shrinkage

THE ENGINE OF AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS EVAPORATING … || By FITSNEWS ||  American politicians love to pander to the middle class – but if they keep up their anti-free market efforts, it won’t exist for much longer. Don’t believe us?  Check out this frightening interactive map showing the deterioration of…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  American politicians love to pander to the middle class – but if they keep up their anti-free market efforts, it won’t exist for much longer.

Don’t believe us?  Check out this frightening interactive map showing the deterioration of the American middle class from 2000-2013 – a.k.a. the era of big government “bipartisanship.”

Using data compiled by Stateline, the map shows that “in all 50 states, the percentage of ‘middle-class’ households – those making between 67 percent and 200 percent of the state’s median income – shrunk between 2000 and 2013.”

That’s right: The middle class shrunk in every single state.

Not only that, it shrunk even as inflation-adjusted median incomes were shrinking … meaning it shrunk while the bar for middle class participation was constantly being lowered.

In our home state of South Carolina, the middle class shrank from 50 percent of households in 2000 to 45.8 percent in 2013 – a 4.2 percent decline.  During that time inflation-adjusted income declined from $51,099 to $44,163 – a 13.6 percent decline.

And as South Carolina’s middle class falls further behind America’s middle class – America’s middle class falls further behind the rest of the world.


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Grand Tango August 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

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Rocky Verdad August 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Dang you, who ever you are. You beat me to it.

CorruptionInColumbia August 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Are you sure that’s not an original post by GT?


Tazmaniac August 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm

One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes was “The Hamptons”. Jerry’s GF saw George naked while he was changing out of his swimsuit. He asks Jerry, “does she know about shrinkage?”.

CorruptionInColumbia August 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Hey, I see they have a mistrial due to a hung jury in the Officer Kerrick trial in Charlotte. Not what I hoped for but better than “guilty”. I’ve always heard that subsequent trials following a mistrial are harder for prosecution and easier for defense.

Tazmaniac August 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Aw Hell, the idiots will want to burn Charlotte tonight! I hadn’t heard about it, thanks for saying so. I last checked at lunch. Honestly I’m shocked the man got a fair trial and everyone involved with the should be fired. They have already given that family 2.5 million, I wonder if they will give it back? Maybe a “unarmed ” dummy will think twice about bum rushing a cop.

Quietus August 21, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Rumor out of the Queen City is the Mecklenburg County Prosecutor doesn’t want to retry it.

Tazmaniac August 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

What a waste of money all because they were scared of being Baltimore. Rodney Monroe was just one hair less crappy as Chief that old liberal before him. Rank and File was ready to turn their backs on him and that trainer that lied on the stand won’t be far behind him. Like a bad episode of The Wire.

CorruptionInColumbia August 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Good… I guess…
At least that way he isn’t “convicted” but then it might hurt his career if some pencil-pushing asshole tries to say he wasn’t “cleared”, either.

Bible Thumper August 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Looks like a frightened turtle.

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What do get when you cross a prostitute and an elephant?

A hooker who does it for peanuts and will never forget you!

Hank August 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

The answer to the deterioration in the ranks of the middle class can be summed up in three words, “trickle down economics.” But the losses were exacerbated by the Bush depression. Scott Walker and John Kasich have to be hating this report. Despite their bold assertions of economic growth; the ranks of the middle class in Wisconsin and Ohio, shrank the most. That is because all of their efforts were targeted at benefiting the wealthy. The did not do anything for the average citizens in their states.

Which is exactly what most Republican candidates have in store for the entire country. Double down on trickle down, until there is no middle class. I guess when there is nothing but poor people and rich people, The Kochs and the other Oligarchs, can run the country any way they want.

Bible Thumper August 21, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Numbers can be deceiving.
If the middle class is shrinking, shouldn’t we ask where they went? How many became upper class and how many became poor? If you squeeze the middle of a balloon, the air must go somewhere to remain 100%.

This is household income. What if households are smaller now? Does a separated couple count as two households. Also there are more empty nesters and retirees.

If there are more retirees, aren’t they relying more on savings than income?

For retirees, do these income numbers include all “income”, including Social Security, 401k, IRA, etc….

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Tom August 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

The middle class is shifting to lower class. i.e. poor. The average income of the whole is moving down on an inflation adjusted basis, while the average income of the wealthy experiences a dramatic uptick on an inflation adjusted basis. That means that for the vast majority of Americans the middle class lifestyle they hoped to lead is slipping away. They are living their life paycheck to paycheck, unable to pay for the education of their kids, save for retirement and buy a decent home. They are constantly on the edge of disaster. While the wealthy experience unprecedented wealth. Wealth disparity is now a levels not seen since the days of the industrial revolution.

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dwb619 August 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

I fear that our middle class went down the tubes along with our “smoke stack’ industries.

You are a canker sore on US August 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Obama is the fucking Cesspool. Not America, you Dumbass.

We’re a great country, and GREAT people, who are the biggest believer and importer of success and freedom, the world has EVER known.

It’s ignorant Fucks like you who are a canker sore on our nation, GTFO and take obama and the worthless Democrat Party with you, to Russia. N. Korea or Iran, where you belong.

ernesto August 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

It’s jerks like you thst are the reason this country is going down the drain. Nothing but bullshit rhetorics on ‘American excepionalism’, ‘God’s own country’ and racism and xenophobia. You guys are toast…welcome to a multicultural, diverse, urban and progressive US. This will be a Hispanic country before you die…watch…from the sidelines.

Pedro August 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Thumbs up hombre! I’m tired of this gringo bullshit. They have turned this country and it’s white middle-class into a second-world country. Let them reside in their white ghettos, watch college football and get fatter by the month. Historically they are done and as you say the American continent can and will grow into a more coherent and cohesive political force with an enlightened and appropriately constrained capitalism where equality and democracy is more important than private profits…all with a suave latino flavor.

Truthmonger August 24, 2015 at 12:58 am

Like Mexico???

Working people despise you August 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Every Hispanic dude I know would slap the fuck out of you before he went to work.

For you lazy-ass, handout-begging Democrats to think the newcomers are going to bust their asses, then hand over a welfare check you your worthless asses, you may be in for a surprise.

Hispanics stay with the children, and wives in far higher numbers from the other ignorant bastards you exploit. And the rank and file got to church and don’t hate God.

And many of them don’t want Obama opening the country to things to vote for Democrats.

Pedro August 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

We are not blinded by hate and disappointment and see a future beyond your broken system. And yes your broken down ethics and moral decay is in strong contrast to your phony rhetoric on God, family and country. Look in the mirror gringo you are an ugly pathetic caricature.

Go To Work August 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

At least those Hispanic dudes have jobs. I wish you would get out of your trailer to go to work for once in your life.

Democrats did it, QUIT LYING August 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

I LOVE how you liberals are now going back to 2000 to show everything. That’s BULLSHIT.

And you’re so fucking CORRUPT you have probably manipulated data to reflect the BULLSHIT you’re peddling.

But the reason you go back to 2000, instead of late 2008, when the collapse began and has continued, is because you want to blame Bush and the GOP, and cover to some extent for the REAL author of our economic demise. Bush’ was VERY sound on the economy for almost all 8 years.

But if you’re successful, and the wrong people are blamed, we will not DUMP the Democrats, who are the REAL source of the disaster.

People better WAKE UP. You Democrats have Fucked everything up. And you must account, or we’ll pay even more.

CorruptionInColumbia August 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Our Lord Obama, who art in Washington (or maybe elswhere on the golf links), please heal the entity once known as Grand Tango and make him whole again rather than the ass hole he has become. Please touch him and help him to be a better person.

dwb619 August 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

4 posts in a row by same RETARD with 4 different screen names.
Running up the “hit count’ me thinks.


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