Saturday, January 31, 2015

Upper middle class with the upper hand

A Salon writer tries to take on his current grouping - upper middle class.
After a column of complaining about their power, what's his conclusion?
What can we do to break the stranglehold of the upper middle class? I have no idea. Having spent so much time around upper-middle-class Americans, and having entered their ranks in my own ambivalent way, I’ve come to understand their power. The upper middle class controls the media we consume. They run our big bureaucracies, our universities, and our hospitals. Their voices drown out those of other people at almost every turn. I fear that the only way we can check the tendency of upper-middle-class people to look out for their own interests at the expense of others is to make them feel at least a little guilty about it. It’s not much, but it’s a start. 
How about tax cuts?
Lots of the income from upper middle class comes from government or academic jobs.
Reduce government spending and you can reduce the power of this group.
The thought probably never occurred to the writer.

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