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Subject: Re: Middle Class[Income] Jobs ain't Coming Back? Date: 1/24/2013 7:16 AM
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Why should blue collars care about the problems of the entitled middle class who have been ignoring their interests for DECADES, or actively waging economic warfare against them?

First, who is the "entitled" middle class? College educated or vocationally trained and therefore feeling entitled to a job? Who do you think are "the middle class"? To me, the middle class are in the middle 3 income quintiles--individuals making about $20-75k, couples making about $30-105k. I see no difference between blue and white collar in these stats. Is your "entitled middle class" the upper middle class? I think that's individuals making about $75-150k, couples making $105-250k.

Just because some in the middle class value protecting the environment, doesn't mean we don't care about blue collar workers--and many blue collar workers care about the enivironment as well, especially if they spend a lot of time out in it (perhaps not the ones who watch Fox?). And just because some in the middle/upper midlle class don't value the environment, doesn't mean they do value blue collar workers.

And many of us in the middle class, whatever color our collar, value more blue collar workers that just loggers in the PNW. I want all blue collar workers to have safe working conditions, clean air and water; safe food, products, homes, and workplaces; safe & secure investments and retirements; affordable health care and education.

I've identified with the working/middle class since early childhood. My brief foray into the upper middle class in my mid-40s to early-50s didn't change that.

I think you are confused. Those who feel entitled to pay little in taxes (14% ring a bell?) at the expense of their fellow Americans are the entitled ones.
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