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Those Americans Who Live in the Middle Class but, Incredibly, Support the Forces Who Want to Dismantle It

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How can that possibly be? How can a sizable portion of Americans live within this nation's middle class and, yet, unequivocally support the actions of a powerful force that has every intention of dismantling it? Many millions of Americans are doing exactly that as they strongly back Corporate America and the Republican Party, the vicious predators that are attacking the middle class.

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There is not the slightest question that this dismantling of the American middle class is well underway and is being fueled by the masters of corporatism and their Republican henchmen in the U.S. Congress. The common objective of these two closely aligned entities is very clear; it is to advance the interests of the richest Americans, those in the top 2% of the income spectrum, by extracting more and more of the remaining wealth out of the middle class.

 

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Who are these people who live in the middle class and are such staunch supporters of Corporatism and the Republican Party? In this article, let's refer to these specific them as misguided Americans, for that's exactly what they are. Some, no doubt, work with you, some may be your neighbors, friends, acquaintances, and, yes, even members within the confines of your own family. The attacks on the middle class are going on all around them but they don't seem to be the least concerned because they don't personally feel the pain -- not yet!

 

These misguided Americans have witnessed the closing of many thousands of manufacturing plants; they have watched as millions of jobs formerly performed by American workers have found a home in overseas nations. They see millions of their fellow Americans struggling to find a job, any job. And yet they still support and vote for those Republicans in Congress who are directly involved in the ongoing dismemberment of this nation's manufacturing sector. Perhaps their total lack of concern stems from the fact that they haven't lost their own jobs -- not yet!

 

They watch as the GOP continues to block or filibuster every single attempt at job creation in the Congress. They see the incomes of workers who still have jobs rapidly decreasing while corporate profits soar and the salaries and bonuses of CEO's skyrocket.

 

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They certainly must be aware that these actions that have decimated the manufacturing sector and its workers are having a massive negative effect on this nation's economy and preventing its return to stability. But they still remain fiercely loyal to Republicans and simply will not question or challenge what is going on or the damage that is being done to this country.

 

Many of these misguided middle class Americans also side with Corporate America and the Republicans on any number of other critical issues. For example, in my relationships with any number of individuals, including retirees, I've asked this question: what do you think about the fact that Republicans have made it known that they have every intention of slashing or eliminating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other important social programs? I also asked if they were concerned that if these efforts were successful, that these benefits would not be available to their children, grandchildren and millions of their fellow Americans. The reaction often has been one of little concern, a general dismissal of the question, or a subtle changing of the subject.

 

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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