Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Are you Middle Class or Working Class?
Do you consider yourself Working Class or Middle Class?
I am guessing that you answered what the vast majority of people in the US would answer: "Middle Class!".
But, what does that mean, and how do we define the "Middle" and "Working" classes"?
Let me suggest a very simple definition of Working Class, based on one simple test:
You belong to the working class if the majority of adults in your household *need* to work for a living in order to make ends meet.
I think this is a reasonable definition. Why? Because as soon as the percentage of working adults
in a household rises above 50% life becomes more about survival than "the pursuit of happiness". To use the vernacular: "It Mostly Sucks (TM)". Even if you enjoy what you do, your time is no longer your own. Well, aside from those 2 weeks of vacation (assuming that you even get that much).
In other words...
If you are a parent in a single-parent household and you need to work then using this definition
you belong to the Working Class, irrespective of the particular job that you have.
And, if you belong to a 2-parent household and both need to work to meet expenses then your
family is Working Class.
I don't know about you, but I find that it is becoming tougher to make ends meet than 10 years ago. House prices have increased, heating and gasoline are more expensive. Wages haven't really risen much, in real terms (adjusted for inflation). Many families are finding that they need both parents to be working. I think that in the future, a lot people who thought that they were middle class are going to find out that they are really Working Class.
And on to the quote for today:
If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.
Until the next time, gentle reader, I remain,