Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Towards Extinction
* 1 You don't have to ask major U.S. corporations if the middle class is dying. This fact is showing up plain as day in their sales numbers.
* 2 Some of the largest retailers in the United States that once thrived by serving the middle class are now steadily dying. Sears and J.C. Penney are both on the verge of bankruptcy, and now we have learned that Radio Shack may be shutting down another 500 stores this year.
* 3 Real disposable income in the United States just experienced the largest year over year drop that we have seen since 1974.
* 4 Median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.
* 5 The rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen for eight years in a row.
* 6 In 2008, 53% of all Americans considered themselves to be "middle class". In 2014, only 44% of all Americans consider themselves to be "middle class".
* 7 In 2008, 25% of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be "lower class". In 2014, an astounding 49% of them do.
* 8 Incredibly, 56% of all Americans now have "subprime credit".
* 9 Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22% over the past three years.
* 10 The average credit card debt in the United States is $15,279.
* 11 The average student loan debt in the United States is $32,250.
* 12 The average mortgage debt in the United States is $149,925.
* 13 Overall, U.S. consumers are $11,360,000,000,000 in debt.
* 14 The U.S. national debt is currently sitting at $17,281,222,665,378.63, and it is being reported that is has grown by $6.666 trillion during the Obama years so far. Most of the burden of servicing that debt is going to fall on the middle class (if the middle class is able to survive that long).
* 15 According to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will nearly quadruple over the next ten years.
* 16 Back in 1999, 64.1% of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 54.9% of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.
* 17 More Americans than ever find themselves forced to turn to the government for help with health care. At this point, 82.4 million Americans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.
* 18 There are 46.5 million Americans that are living in poverty, and the poverty rate in America has been at 15% or above for 3 consecutive years. That is the first time that has happened since 1965.
* 19 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 47 million.
* 20 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the percentage of working age Americans that are actually working has declined from 60.6% to 58.6%.
* 21 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 37.1 weeks.
* 22 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60% of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22% of the jobs created since then.
* 23 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53% of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year in wages.
* 24 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.
* 25 According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2% of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.
* 26 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.
* 27 Only 35% of all Americans say that they are better off financially than they were a year ago.
* 28 Only 19% of all Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.