When I was a teenager in the 1970's, my father earned a decent living as a union tradesman plying his craft in my homestate of AZ. He was a WWII Marine Corps vet of the South Pacific who was part of the "Greatest Generation" Tom Brokaw highlighted a few years back, and was proud of the nation he fought for and then helped build. He chuckled at Ronald Reagan's crisp saluting when the president would board Air Force One, because he knew politician's penchant for patriotic showmanship. He grew up seeing politicians as well meaning buffoons. who - when the chips were down, could be counted on to do what was best for America. He was an FDR and JFK Democrat, but admired Eisenhower and Barry Goldwater for their service, leadership and dedication. Most men of his generation wouldn't openly denigrate their Commander-In-Chief, or dream of referring to the POTUS as a "Socialist" or worse. I think that's because Americans of his generation saw socialism, facsism and communism's effects firsthand, and were just more respectful of the differences in our society anyway.
All the above is to illustrate how far we've fallen from the ideals that my father and millions like him fought, sacrificed and died for. As I mentioned above, American workers earned a living wage - with benefits, such as medical, vacations and retirement pensions in those days when the American middle class was strong. But something terrible has taken place since then. The typical American worker earned less in 2010 than they did in 1978, when adjusted for inflation. Our real buying powe has stagnated and actually fallen behind as the incomes of the 5% has grown tremendously. Millions of American families who had jobs, homes and careers - stable lives - have been devastated by the super-recession that conservative Lazzai-Faire malfeasense brought about during the GWB administration.
What's shocking is that there's still a certain percentage of Americans - enough to block progress - who hold the belief that "Liberals" are to blame for the the fall of the American middle class, when all evidence points to movement conservatism waging a calculated war against our middle class. The irony is the facts show that conservative policy damages not only the middle class, but the lower and upper classes as well, but not the 1 to 2 %.
The numbers don't lie.