What The Shutdown Tells Us About The Reality Of U.S. Middle Class Life

As we hear more stories about federal employees facing real hardship due to the partial shutdown that has lasted for over a month, it’s really provides us a window into how middle class life has been degraded. One thing to keep in mind about many of the federal employees is that they have middle class jobs. Federal jobs, on the whole, are solid middle class jobs. These are not temporary positions, and in many communities, these are some of the better jobs (not to mention, in some places, the only steady jobs).

Yet many federal workers, having been locked out for one or two pay periods, are facing real financial hardship. Middle class shouldn’t mean that losing a month’s salary means you’re facing hardship. That status used to be called lower-middle class or working class. Yet that’s where we are in 2019. It’s the downside of a rent extraction economy.

MAGA. Or something.

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2 Responses to What The Shutdown Tells Us About The Reality Of U.S. Middle Class Life

  1. If you are getting a paycheck, no matter how large, you are working class. If you are paying yourself, but things rapidly go to hell if you don’t work, you are middle class. If you don’t have to do any work for your income, other than telling other people what to do, you are upper class.

  2. Evil Overwench says:

    A couple of years ago, I entered the Actual Middle Class. That is, I can pay all my bills, have a reasonable level of discretionary income… and I have six months of expenses saved. Very few Americans can say that these days.

    And I’ll only manage to stay there as long as I don’t do anything crazy, like get sick or have a baby.

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