The Political Road Map: The Middle Class Illusion

Are you middle class? Do you know where the middle class falls within society? Is it someone who earns up to $120,000 or someone averaging around $50,000 annually?  Surprisingly, many people do not really know, they believe they fall within the middle class, when in reality they may either be on the fringe of the ...

Michal Rozworski: Growing the middle class or adapting the elite consensus?

Today’s federal government budget is a litmus test for the new Liberal government. They campaigned on promises of “real change” from the last regime, including a willingness to increase social spending even if it meant running deficit budgets. And, in keeping with this pledge, spending is up, and the deficit is forecast at $29.4 billion. ...

Left Over: The Working Class can Kiss my…

Condos without down payments could be sold by B.C. developer Buyers would get a discount on the price, which would become a virutual down payment CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM PT       What a ridiculous idea..shows the paucity of real concepts to ...

Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Justin Trudeau answers B.C. voter’s widely shared Facebook letter Casandra Effe wrote to Trudeau with top 10 things she hopes he’ll do as future PM CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2015 10:50 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2015 11:17 AM ET http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/   I went to the site, very pretty, very vague..when I typed ...

Left Over: Justin Case You Forgot the Seniors…

Justin Trudeau answers B.C. voter’s widely shared Facebook letter Casandra Effe wrote to Trudeau with top 10 things she hopes he’ll do as future PM CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2015 10:50 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2015 11:17 AM ET http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/   I went to the site, very pretty, very vague..when I typed ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Excuse Me Mr. Mulcair, But What in the Hell are Middle Class Values?

I grew up in a family of the working poor, spending a good portion of my childhood in public housing. My dad did his best to provide for his seven children, but money was tight, and we lived from payday to payday. He supplemented his income by doing a bit of gardening for a couple ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Doug Henwood on US economics and politics

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/podcast-141114-doug-henwood.mp3   This week, it’s my great pleasure to present a feature interview with Doug Henwood — economic analyst, author of books including Wall Street and host of the wonderful Behind the News radio show and podcast that inspired this show. Doug always introduces his show by saying his guests will be “taking a look at worlds of economics and politics.” Today, I’ve ...

Political Eh-conomy: The lament for Canada’s middle class

I’ve been posting more sparsely lately for a number of external reasons but this should change soon I hope. For now, here is the first major piece I wrote for Ricochet. In some ways, it’s the obligatory piece on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but really it’s my way of trying to think through the ...

CuriosityCat: USA: Elizabeth Warren takes the fight to Wall Street

The Real USA The highly intelligent, courageous and scrappy new senator is not stopping in her fight for the middle class. She is pounding the streets, raising money for long-shot Democrat candidates, and focusing on the rigged stock market that favours the wealthy and has a lock on many elected senators and House representatives: Yet ...

CuriosityCat: The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class Jobs

Here’s what really happened in the USA (and Canada?) over the past five or so years: good jobs disappeared and low-paying service jobs replaced them: Nearly half of the new jobs created since 2008 are low-wage jobs, while 80 percent of the jobs destroyed in the government-inflated real-estate bubble were high-wage or medium-wage jobs, according ...

The Disaffected Lib: When You Run Out of Stuff

One of the most recurring themes on this blog over the past six years has been the prospect of running out of stuff.  As the first truly global civilization, mankind is running out of stuff.   Not everything, mind you.  We’re running out of stuff that we need but we’re building up dangerously big surpluses of stuff that ...

The Ranting Canadian: There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media…

There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media and from the mainstream Canadian political parties about the middle class, but almost no discussion of the working class. Even the (slightly) left-of-centre New Democratic Party (NDP) keeps using the buzzwords “middle-class families” instead of “workers” or “working-class people”. I understand they do ...

The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Mythical Middle Class and the Quislings of Parliament Hill

The government likes to say it’s all about the middle class.  So, too, the opposition parties.  On Parliament Hill it seems Canada’s middle class is virtually surrounded by a sea of friends, each clamouring to outdo the other to lend a hand, give a leg up.  With friends like that in high places, those of ...

The Disaffected Lib: Coming Soon – 3-Billion More "Big Mouths" to Feed

The world’s middle class is on the verge of a population explosion.   Sorry, Earth.  Of the 7+ billion people on the planet today, about 1.8-billion are considered middle-class or make that consumer class.  By 2030 that sub-2 billion is expected to burgeon to just under 5-billion strong, churning away on their computers to order crap ...

Parchment in the Fire: The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com. In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving. And at ...

A BCer in Toronto: Cell phone packages and cable bills: Is this the real middle class agenda?

The Harper government won’t deliver its speech from the throne until Wednesday, but the theme has been telegraphed for months, and much of the contents well-leaked over the past week. The government will appropriate the middle class theme that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been trumpeting since he began his leadership run, and will appropriate ...

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Going to Stand By as Our Kids’ Future is Stolen?

Jimmy Carter recently observed that today’s American middle class are coming to resemble America’s poor back in the pre-Reagan era.  That’s the bad news.  The worse news is that Americans aren’t alone. Like much of Europe, Britain’s middle class is also being ravaged by chronic unemployment and mounting inequality. The social mobility and child poverty ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & The Middle Class: Justin, read Winner-Take-All Politics if you are serious

My advice to Justin Trudeau and his team if he is serious about standing up for the middle class, is to buy a copy of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. The authors talk about their ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ed Broadbent on Income Inequality

The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Get Uppity. Remember Your Place.

These are hard times for the honest man and they may get a lot harder yet. There’s a societal sort of continental drift underway.   Our once cohesive, strong society is ever so slowly but nonetheless steadily being divided, separating.   This is apparent, in part, from the growing gap between rich and poor.   It is manifested ...